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Old 04-06-13, 10:04 AM   #1
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Upgrade an FSA Bottom Bracket?

I run a Giant FCR 2, a sweet 'flat-bar road bike'. I use it for urban commuting and light touring. It really doesn't have that many miles on it but the FSA-brand BB is getting a little creaky on the left side (I wonder if that is the result of my habit of standing and coasting scooter-style!). I think the BB should be more rugged than that (I have a 20-year old Raleigh hybrid that's still smooth as silk), so I'm looking to upgrade the quality of the cartridge this time round.

I've seen BB cartridges from 36.00 to 220.00, and one that caught my eye was a Shimano Deore at a LBS for about 60.00. My question - does more expensive mean better quality or just lighter? If I want something rugged, should I stay away from high-end stuff that may be lighter in weight but not up to hard use?
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Super cheap are usually super cheap but once you start getting into the Deore territory, the parts are very durable and last a long time and the higher up the food chain you go, the lighter they get but they don't usually get more durable.

I always thought of the Deore/105/Tiagra range of products to be the sweet spot. Good durable products with reasonable weight.
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That's as good an answer as I could ask for and confirms my gut instinct - thanks!
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What type is the FSA BB? If it's an ISIS-type, then you can't just stick a Deore in there, as Shimano doesn't make them - they only make their own 'brand' of splined-type BBs (Octalink I & II).
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Hi Conti - it looks like a typical external bearing BB. Hopefully I should have lots of choices. Regards, Mike (anyone know why carriage-return key doesn't seem to work in the Reply box???)
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Is there any chance that you could post a picture of your BB - are you *sure* it's an external-cup type?

The

carriage return

key

seems to be working

just fine.
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