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Old 08-18-08, 09:43 AM   #1
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School me on external BB's

I have an 08' Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30.
I want to swap the crappy FSA crank out for something with more gearing and less flex.
My crank is the older style internal bearing BB.
I see all new ones are external. Can these fit on my frame?
Or does the frame need to be made specific for an external bearing crank?
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It should fit your bottom bracket just fine. The industry folks were smart enough to make them work with the vast majority of bikes already out there (cough, cough, integrated headset, cough).
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Good to know.
Now that I have read a bit more I may need to have the BB "faced".
I am assuming this is some type of machine work.
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Good to know.
Now that I have read a bit more I may need to have the BB "faced".
I am assuming this is some type of machine work.
I'm not sure why you should think this. The BB shell would be faced when the bike had the present BB fitted so unless you are aware of some damage to this then it shouldn't be needed.
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I'm not sure why you should think this. The BB shell would be faced when the bike had the present BB fitted so unless you are aware of some damage to this then it shouldn't be needed.
My bike has an internal BB. And I though that most bikes with internal BB's didn't have the facing done. I read this on the forum but obviously it could be wrong.
Thats why I am assuming I need the facing, but maybe I don't.
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It's not as critical on a cartridge bottom bracket since the bearings are aligned by the internal sleeve instead of the BB shell. The facing tool is very expensive. Facing is one of those things best left to the LBS, and it won't be very costly for them to do it.

If the face of your BB is still painted, it probably wasn't faced previously.
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