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Stronglight 118 spindle with french threaded cotterd cups

Old 01-30-11, 08:19 PM
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Stronglight 118 spindle with french threaded cotterd cups

I apologize. I did the searches but did not really find the info I wanted. So.....

Early 70's LeJuene with french threaded BB cottered cranks and 68mm shell.

I have been trying to get the whole Stronglight BB assembly but finally got at least a 118mm spindle today. Can I use the spindle with the cups I have right now? I also acquired a 93 crankset to go with it. But I haven't been so lucky finding cups.The spindle won't be here for a couple of weeks so I'm not in a hurry. I was just going to reassemble the bike and wondered if I should go ahead and put the cottered cranks back on until I score some Stronglight BBcups. It's not like I'm going to be riding anytime soon with the cold outside.

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If you have the original spindle compare the positions of the bearing race areas on the two spindles. If they'r ethe same distance apart, that's a great starting point. Compare the lengths of the two stub ends, too.
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Outbid me on ebay, huh?

If the cups you have came with a BB that used 1/4" balls, I'd give a shot. All you have to do to test is install the fixed cup just finger tight, stick in the balls and spindle, then see if the adjustable cup looks good installed. If it threads in too far, or hangs way out, you're no good. If it looks good, install permanently.
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Originally Posted by Ex Pres View Post
Outbid me on ebay, huh?
Funny you should mention that! On the thread about C & V trends some say upper level French stuff is hot some say not. Every since I have been a C & Ver(about September of last year) upper level French stuff has been hard to come by. Or pricey. Or both which has been my case. There is a set of French cups on Ebay right now with a "buy it now" for $45. But $45? You might as well keep waiting for the whole BB assembly. And if you are looking for a SLJ RD you better be ready to open up the wallet!

Thanks for the BB info. I will give it a try.
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Comparing the distance between the races is good advice. Measuring the stub ends is not. Spindles for cottered cranks are much longer.
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