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    Shimano bb compatibility table?

    Hi all,

    Just wondering if anyone had, or knew of, a compatibility table for older shimano cranksets and bottom brackets. I just won an auction on fleabay for a Deore LX triple crankset from the early 90's. I have the part number and didn't know if there was a table I could put that in and find the appropriate length for the JIS spindle to buy. I wrote asking the seller if he knew, but I often run into Shimano charts of various kinds out on the web and didn't know if anyone knew of one that could answer this. A quick googling of the part number, FC-M560, didn't help me out. Still deciding which bike it'll go on as I have a couple of upgrade projects planned for this winter (probably depends on the condition when it arrives), but I'd like to minimize the chain problems with whichever one it is.

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    Hmmm, a bit further googling and I may have answered my own question. This website says:

    Shimano LX 74/100 BCD FC-M560 1993-94 113mm x 68mm - English 118mm x 73mm- English

    I have a used 115x68 cartridge bb laying around as well as a 117.5 spindle and a couple of sets of cup and cones. I think I'll give the 115 a try as I doubt 2 mm will make that much difference in a 3x8 speed derailleured bike, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Hmmm, a bit further googling and I may have answered my own question. This website says:

    Shimano LX 74/100 BCD FC-M560 1993-94 113mm x 68mm - English 118mm x 73mm- English

    I have a used 115x68 cartridge bb laying around as well as a 117.5 spindle and a couple of sets of cup and cones. I think I'll give the 115 a try as I doubt 2 mm will make that much difference in a 3x8 speed derailleured bike, right?
    First I assume the BCD's are 74/110 and the 100 was just a typo.

    I had the same crank on a '93 Trek 7000 MTB (3x7) and had to use a 127.5 mm Shimano square taper cartridge bottom bracket to get the non-drive side crank arm to clear it's chainstay. Despite the way too long drive side spindle, it shifted fine so I expect your chainline problems will be minor.

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    Huh, it's weird that yours was so different than what is listed. I wonder if the table I found didn't know what it was talking about or maybe you just had an odd frame. I hope my bb works. If not, well, it was free and I'm not using it for anything else and I can get a different one for fairly cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Huh, it's weird that yours was so different than what is listed. I wonder if the table I found didn't know what it was talking about or maybe you just had an odd frame. I hope my bb works. If not, well, it was free and I'm not using it for anything else and I can get a different one for fairly cheap.
    Yeah, the Trek was an aluminum frame MTB and had very fat chainstays so the non-drive side crank arm had to be way outboard to clear them. The OEM bottom bracket was a Suguino cup-and-cone type installed "backwards" (i.e. the long side of the spindle faced the non-drive side) to get the crank to clear. When I replaced it with a cartridge I had to go all the way to 127.5 mm to get the nds clearance but, even at that, the chainline was ok enough to shift well.

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