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Old 12-15-05, 09:08 AM
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'phil equipped' trek 520

I got my new to me trek 520 yesterday and it has a sticker on the down tube that says "phil equipped." I know the hubs are shimano 105, and I'm pretty sure the cassette is shimano, which pretty much leaves the bb (from what I can tell by looking at their site). I'm curious if there is anyway to identify it without taking it out (i dont have the tools for that).

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Phil bottom bracket cups look different than other in that
it almost looks like a swagged cup, no flats for removing them.

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and a regular shimano bb tool wont fit - though it sorta looks like it would.
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I just checked the specs on Trek's site, and it says a Shimano 105 crank, 52/42/30. Which would use an Octalink bottom bracket; Phil only makes Square-Taper BB's.
Now, this may not be your bike - stock Trek 520 has LX hubs, not 105's.
But if your crank isn't a square-taper crank, then you don't have a Phil BB.

Though, the ideal setup for touring, in my book, would be a Sugino XD crank, 48/36/24, with a Phil Wood BB and 12-27 cassette. You've got really low gears that aren't spaced too far apart. Why they'd put a 52/42/30 on a touring bike, over a more compact crank, is beyond me.
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According to the serial number, the bike is a 1989 model.

It has Deore cranks (50/42/24, i think) and a 13-27 cassette.



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Phil Wood grease...?
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Any bike I ride is Phil equipped!

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Your BB looks like a splined model (Isis or Octalink), so it's probably not a Phil.
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Originally Posted by timcupery
Your BB looks like a splined model (Isis or Octalink), so it's probably not a Phil.
That looks like a square taper to me. Don't know whether the BB is Phil or not, though.
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My bad, I glanced at it too quickly. You're right, it does look like a sqare taper. Problem is, the spindle is black/brown. Phil spindles are stainless steel, shiny. I don't think it's a Phil.
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