I went to get a used Phil Wood Bottom Bracket from craigslist. I've never used a cartridge bottom bracket before so I don't know if this is normal. I passed on it and I said I'd get back to him.
It wasn't clunky or crunchy, there was just a lot of resistance. My old cup and spindle bottom bracket never felt like this unless it needed to be regreased. My question is the stiff feeling a sign of a problem or is it a non issue with the cranks on.
I have two Phil bb's and neither of them feel stiff to me. Same resistance as my cheaper Shimano's. Only the Phil bb's are over ten years old. As long as there is no binding they are probably okay. Sealed bottom brackets do have a little more resistance than the old cup and spindle ones.