Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-02-14, 07:53 PM   #1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Bat56's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: St.Paul, MN
Posts: 1,746
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Downside to outboard bearing bottom bracket?

My winter bikes have always had traditional "inboard" cartridge bottom brackets and I have had zero trouble. As I consider some upgrades I am looking at external bottom brackets. My simple analysis considers that external bearing might be more exposed and more susceptible to winter conditions so I want to see what you folks think.

My main winter bike pretty much gets snow packed early in winter and gets very little maintenance related attention until things melt in spring. Since this has worked so far should I stick with internal bottom brackets or is external no big difference?
Bat56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-14, 08:10 PM   #2
Dirt junkie.
SnowJob's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Minneapolis
Bikes: Surly Ice Cream Truck, Traitor Ruben, Redline Monocog 29er
Posts: 393
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hey, since I live in your neck of the woods, I'll give you my experiences: I've had winter bikes running both kinds of bottom brackets and haven't had any more issues with the outboard bearing than the cartridge bottom brackets. I was a little worried too, when I went to outboard bearing, but they seem to be pretty durable and don't gunk up any more than the older kind.

Right now both my bikes use the shimano hollowtech bbs. My 'cross bike has the cheapest variety and that has held up for about two years through every kind of weather and probably close to 15-20k miles. My mtb, my main winter whip, has an XT. The crankset came with a Raceface outboard bearing bb, but that thing was a piece of **** and lasted all of about 2 weeks. My mtb hangs out outside all winter long and stays pretty grungy, but I've never had any problems with the cranks or bottom bracket.

Good luck!
SnowJob is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:33 AM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.