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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:34 am 
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I am after a new BB for the Pace as the XT one in it has drive side bearing issues. I have ordered a new crank that comes with a BB, Raceface DH, but have heard bad things about them.

Have looked at Hope Ceramic and Stainless and also Chris King. Will be mainly XC/AM use.

What do you all recommend?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:36 am 
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Doubt you'd go wrong with Hope. After sales and back up is without equal and the quality is fantastic.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:41 pm 
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im using howitzer bb at the moment (which i think is specific to the cranks)
ive had it a short while so cant comment on durability but it went in nice and is smooth and it felt stiffer than my old truvavtiv giga pipe (which wasnt a bad bb either). im not a truvavtiv brand fan, just happened to get good deals on them, but theyre pretty good :)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:49 pm 
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From experience I'd recommend a Hope stainless BB. Much better quality seals than on the Shimano external BBs and the bearings are replaceable too.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:05 pm 
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i use hope stainless steel in 3 bikes, have replaced one bearing in about 2 1/2 years. can't complain at that. i used the original raceface one to begin with and i didn't last that long.

personally i would only use hope or king, that is it.

i haven't used a king but if it's anything at all like their headsets then it would be a sensible bet that the b/b would be good.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:23 pm 
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Cheers. Was a bit sceptical about paying more for ceramic Hope to be honest so may take a chance on an SS one instead.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:40 pm 
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Ive got a new king bb, havent even used it yet, but hey it looks nice :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:04 pm 
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Hope stainless - the only one to survive on my SS.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:20 pm 
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Hope S/S here too. Outlasted my Race Face one by a very long way.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:56 pm 
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when the shimano bb's died i converted to hope ss and never had a problem

tell a lie i had to grease one the other month and that wasn't worn just need grease :wink:


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