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Old 08-27-14, 11:40 PM   #1
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Omnium Bottom Bracket Replacement

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I Picked up an omnium crankset off ebay which didn't include a bottom bracket. Just wondering which one is better for the long haul, phil wood or chris king? The majority of my components are quality so I figured why not upgrade the bottom bracket as well.
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You can't go wrong with either. They're both bulletproof in the long haul. In the highly unlikely chance they're not, both companies will be there standing fully behind their product.

Only possible advantage of siding with one over the other is chris king has been making GXP BB's for much longer than phil has, phil just started not so long ago this year.
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Chris king makes a grease tool that makes it easy to flush the grease out with a grease ***. Something to consider.


Bottom Bracket Tools | Chris King Precision Components
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You can't go wrong with either. They're both bulletproof in the long haul. In the highly unlikely chance they're not, both companies will be there standing fully behind their product.

Only possible advantage of siding with one over the other is chris king has been making GXP BB's for much longer than phil has, phil just started not so long ago this year.
The Chris King GXP BB is not that great, IMO. It is just a Shimano compatible BB with a bunch of spacers and a reducer to make it adaptable to GXP. Look at all these janky plastic spacers you have to install:



Can we all just admit that GXP is a crappy system and that Hollowtech II is a million times superior?
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The Chris King GXP BB is not that great, IMO. It is just a Shimano compatible BB with a bunch of spacers and a reducer to make it adaptable to GXP. Look at all these janky plastic spacers you have to install:



Can we all just admit that GXP is a crappy system and that Hollowtech II is a million times superior?
I'm under the impression that spacers are needed for the Phil Bottom Bracket as well??
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You're under the wrong impression. Spacers can be used to dial in chain line or clearance but are not necessary.

I prefer the Phil Wood BB over the Chris King.
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You're under the wrong impression. Spacers can be used to dial in chain line or clearance but are not necessary.

I prefer the Phil Wood BB over the Chris King.
Thanks, After doing some research I'm leaning towards Phil. While we are on this topic, has anyone got a chance to use the new Phil aluminum OBB? I must say they look quite nice. I'll probably get a quote from my LBS and see if they can put them on the omniums, assuming they don't cost an arm and a leg.
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I've installed a lot of the stainless ones but haven't had any experiences with the aluminum cup version.

I'm hoping your arm and leg are worth more than $160
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I've installed a lot of the stainless ones but haven't had any experiences with the aluminum cup version.

I'm hoping your arm and leg are worth more than $160
Right on. I got quoted at $158 w anodize, which is lower than I thought considering they are new and anodized aluminum. Now only if the adapter was included
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