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Old 01-26-15, 11:12 PM
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Caged bearings to loose ball bearings?

I was considering going to loose ball bearings as people seem to like that set up better than the caged bearings. What size would I go to if I have the 9 bearings with the retainer... is it .25 inch x 10 bearings? Any thoughts would be appreciated...
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Three-piece cup-and-cone bottom brackets typically take eleven 1/4" balls per side.
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Bearing retainers for bottom brackets come in both 9-ball and 11-ball versions. Cheaper units come with 9 balls, but you can replace them with 11 ball retainers if you prefer.
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Originally Posted by Johnny 831 View Post
I was considering going to loose ball bearings as people seem to like that set up better than the caged bearings. What size would I go to if I have the 9 bearings with the retainer... is it .25 inch x 10 bearings? Any thoughts would be appreciated...
You stay with the same size, and the general recommendation is to use one more ball when going from retainers to loose balls.
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Simply put getting rid of the cage allows more room for balls. More balls spread the load better.
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You stay with the same size, and the general recommendation is to use one more ball when going from retainers to loose balls.
+1 Or you put enough loose balls in the cup so that it looks like you can put one more in there but you really can't. The bearings should have room to move.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Bearing retainers for bottom brackets come in both 9-ball and 11-ball versions. Cheaper units come with 9 balls, but you can replace them with 11 ball retainers if you prefer.
Agreed with the addition that really cheap BB retainers can have only 7 balls. Andy.
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You stay with the same size, and the general recommendation is to use one more ball when going from retainers to loose balls.
If you have 11-ball retainers, you won't be able to fit any more into the race.
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The above answers are assuming you are talking about the BB.
IF you are talking about the rear HUB, it's NINE 1/4" balls for MOST.
Front is TEN 3/16" balls for MOST.

There are a FEW exceptions, such as Maillard Helicomatic rear hubs.
I've also seen 1/4" balls on a Huffy front.
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