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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:57 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:31 pm
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Hi all,

Im restoring a friends nice hand made Alves MTB from 1992. The bottom bracket installed remains unidentified to date & no tool that fits it. I need to remove it and replace the bearings. Can you help suggest what it might be? and what tool might work?

So far none of my bottom bracket tools fit it (Shimano, FSA & Campag tools). Either the splines dont match or the diameter is too small for those tools. From the outside there is nothing to identify it. Ive had a suggestion today that it could be a Phil Wood bottom bracket from the USA as it has 18 splines & they use 18 splined propriety tools.

I have been to 4 reputable bike shops today in Aberdeen (Edinburgh Bikes, Alpine Bikes, Holburn Cycles & even Halfords) to challenge the mechanics to find a tool in their tool kits. Nothing fitted... :shock:

So the hunt goes on...

Can anyone here share their ideas / suggestions... what tools to consider?

Cheers :D

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:54 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:46 pm
Posts: 226
Looks like Phil Wood to me

you can see the tools here ... l&_sacat=0

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