I just picked up a beautiful Torreli road frame. The story was that a guy bought it 15 years ago and never even built it up. He put it on consignment at a shop and I picked it up. Being a newb, I didn't realize how difficult it was going to be to find a decent compatible crank set and bottom bracket. I'm looking for a nice 165 mm crank set and bottom bracket to put in this great frame. I'm having a hard time and could use some advice. Any recommendations?
Presto NJS build, Specialized Allez Pro w/ full Dura Ace and Ksyrium SLs, 1990something Specialized Sirrus
a lot of bottom brackets are made with Italian threaded. I had a Shimano un54 w/ Italian (70mm) threading. You should be able to get any length you want meaning you can use any crankset you want. Just use some loctite when installing. Italian BBs have a history of falling out.
I don't see why you would be having a hard time finding a BB, Italian threading is a standard size, there are tons of them on eBay. You will have a harder time finding 165mm cranks, why do you want cranks of that size anyways?
edit: holy crap, I just noticed that number under my name....5004 posts. I need to get a life...
there is a link to Italian threaded (70mm) BBs with JIS taper in an assortment of spindle lengths. Also, when I bought mine from JensonUSA, it didn't come w/ a plastic cup. They are fine BBs. I used the 107mm w/ a Pake crankset. Worked gr8
I would lean towards 103 as well. I like Jenson as one man recs. Just glanced quick, they've a few but didn't notice or look for a 103, saw 111. probably work but as I'd said, 103 was my initial reaction oupon reading your opening statement, go with the shorter, use the reg. SQ.. Crank and so be it. FORGET the new thready Outside crap GAHBICH !! Go simple. It a great old bike.. OUT with the horse s_ hit and costume jewlery man.