Bicycle Mechanics - crank fit question
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09-26-08, 11:14 AM
I'm going to replace the 48-38-28 crank on my Specialized hybrid bike w/ a 42-32-22 mountain crank which takes a 113m Bb. the crank that is currently on my hybrid takes a 125mm Bb. Will going from the 125 Bb to the 113 Bb affect anything? Will it fit my frame ok?
09-26-08, 11:31 AM
It's good that you're replacing your BB - lots of people aren't aware that square-taper cranks need to be matched to specific spindle-length BB's in order to get proper chainline.
As to your question, there should be no problems putting a 113mm BB on the bike, provided you get the proper type. I assume - since you have a hybrid bike - that it's an english-threaded 68mm shell (by FAR the most common).
The only issue I can think of: chainline. I assume that the MTB crank was designed to work with a mountain bike's 135mm-spaced rear wheel. If your hybrid has 135mm-spacing, then use a 113mm bottom bracket. If the hybrid has 130mm rear-wheel spacing, then you'd want a bottom bracket with a shorter spindle.
But I'm pretty sure most hybrids have 135mm-spaced rear wheels so you should be okay.
09-26-08, 12:12 PM
my hybrid is a 7 spd and has a 132mm spacing, so would the 113mm Bb work?
09-26-08, 01:07 PM
the difference between the spacings (a whopping 3 mm) shouldn't cause you any significant issues. at worst, you'll need to re-adjust your derailleurs (which you'd already be doing after changing the crank.) if it *does* pose an issue later, you could try searching for half-size spindle lengths.
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