Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Elitist carleton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    11,268
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    SRAM GXP Bottom Bracket Upgrade?

    I have no experience with external bottom brackets. As luck would have it, in the same week I got a new road bike with SRAM cranks and a set of SRAM Omniums for my track bike, both with basic GXP BBs. All of my previous experience was with Dura-Ace Octalink (sealed and needle) and Campy Record square taper (sealed and ball).

    A few people almost anecdotally say, "You are gonna want to upgrade that BB soon."

    Will someone care to elaborate as to why (feel? durability?) and also what would be a suitable upgrade? Does it have to be SRAM or are others compatible?

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Gear Combo Guru Chris_W's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Switzerland
    My Bikes
    Spec' Tarmac (road), Spec' Secteur Disc (commuter & tourer), Salsa Mamasita (MTB), CoMo Speedster (tandem), Surly Big Dummy (cargo), Airnimal (folder), a train pass, and NO car :)
    Posts
    2,086
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Try a Hope BB with stainless steel bearings (they make some sleeves for the non-drive side to make it GXP compatible) - mine spins beautifully, and the anodized color looks awesome.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    boston, ma
    Posts
    2,834
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    how about we wear out the stock one first but aftermarket is available from chris king, hope, enduro

  4. #4
    A little North of Hell
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    4,395
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1

    crunch the stock one first then, rebuild or replace.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    XXXI

  5. #5
    Elitist carleton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    11,268
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
    how about we wear out the stock one first but aftermarket is available from chris king, hope, enduro
    Quote Originally Posted by Soil_Sampler View Post
    +1

    crunch the stock one first then, rebuild or replace.
    I agree. This isn't my first rodeo.

    Still no one has answered the question of why the upgrade is suggested as opposed to replacing with the same BB when it wears out.

  6. #6
    GONE~
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    6,745
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hope bbs are fully serviceable, that's one advantage over the GXP.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    boston, ma
    Posts
    2,834
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    I agree. This isn't my first rodeo.

    Still no one has answered the question of why the upgrade is suggested as opposed to replacing with the same BB when it wears out.
    durability is the reason people have suggested you replace it, basically junk.

  8. #8
    Elitist carleton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    11,268
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
    durability is the reason people have suggested you replace it, basically junk.
    Thanks. That's what I was wondering. I wasn't sure if it was a feel thing or a durability thing. I'm not one to upgrade for the sake of upgrading. I've never been one to jump on the ceramic band wagon just because that's the new thing.

    I train on the track and road 6 days a week, plus I'm heavier than most. I just want to know what I'm getting into. I know what to expect from the other brands.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •