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Rotor 3DF crankset compatibility question

Old 08-02-20, 11:11 PM
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Rotor 3DF crankset compatibility question

Hey guys -

So one of my good friends offered to sell me his Rotor 3DF Crankset for a friggin steal since I was eyeing replacing my crappy triple on my VeloBuild VB-R-022. He told me he could also sell me his Cannondale Hollowgram Crankset for the same price (a great deal) but I prefer the Rotors because they are 52/36 while the Hollowgrams are 53/39. I do quite a bit of climbing and I prefer the lower gearing.

My question is - what would I need to run the Rotors on my bike? It currently has a SRAM GXP BB in BSA. I believe the Rotors are 30mm spindle instead of the 24mm Shimano standard. Is just simply a matter of getting a new BB? Would you guys recommend going this route? Or should I go with the Hollowgrams and just getting a 12-30 cassette or something?

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https://www.thebikelist.co.uk/review...act-110mm-bcd/

Looks like you’ll need BSA 30.

https://www.backcountry.com/rotor-bsa-30-bottom-bracket

Rotor does make a BSA 30 BB, but any BSA 30 (68mm) BB should work. And yeah that should be the extent of the mods necessary.

The hollowgram, however, may not be a good fit. If it was designed for BB/PF30 or BB/PF30A, the spindle will be too short for BSA.

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I run a Rotor 3D+ crank on my Spooky which is a standard BSA BB, I went with a Rotor BSA30 BB and its been great, cost me 50 bucks and havent had any issues.
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Personal bias (maybe,) but Rotor > Hollowgram. I do own three Rotor cranksets.

For the BBs, Rotor BSA30 > Wheels Mfg. BSA 30. The Rotor comes with an installation tool, while the Wheels requires a very specific one.
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I run a Rotor 3D+ crank on my Spooky which is a standard BSA BB, I went with a Rotor BSA30 BB and its been great, cost me 50 bucks and havent had any issues.
Awesome - thanks I'll look into that.

Did your Rotor BB come with a BB wrench? The photo on Backcountry shows it with the wrench but it does not mention it.

Also, did you need any sort of spacers to make the crank fit?
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Personal bias (maybe,) but Rotor > Hollowgram. I do own three Rotor cranksets.

For the BBs, Rotor BSA30 > Wheels Mfg. BSA 30. The Rotor comes with an installation tool, while the Wheels requires a very specific one.
Did you order from Rotor directly or Backcountry? I want to make sure I get the tool too.
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Cool - and they sent the tool too?
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Originally Posted by speedyspaghetti View Post
Awesome - thanks I'll look into that.

Did your Rotor BB come with a BB wrench? The photo on Backcountry shows it with the wrench but it does not mention it.

Also, did you need any sort of spacers to make the crank fit?

I got it from my local shop, they ordered from Rotor, the one from Rotor comes with the tool needed. Its a attachment for a wrench. I am not running any spacers. All I did was install and then use the tension nut on the non-drive side to tighten any play which was about half a turn and its been great.
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Awesome - thanks, man. Bought the new BB and my friend gave me the cranks. Can't wait to get them installed!
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There's the 3d24 and about 19 versions of the 3d 30mm. The 3D24 (shimano fit) has the spindle connected to the DS, the 30mm has it on the NDS.

30mm - https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/ed7...d&odnBg=ffffff
24mm - https://www.picclickimg.com/d/l400/p...5-Arm-with.jpg


If the 3d24 172.5, check for chainring wobble. If you spin it mounted on the like and the chainring wobbles a few MM in/out, this is a defect. Probably OK for 1x, but not 2x.
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