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Where is it located?
Your bottom bracket is housed within the bottom bracket shell of your frame, in between your
crankset. However, depending on the bottom bracket system you have installed the bearings
themselves will either sit inside your frame or externally.
There are several bottom bracket options on the market, so lets take a look at the 3 most
These bearings are housed within cups which are either threaded or pressed into the
bottom bracket shell.
In this example we are looking at threaded bearing cups.
This is how these bearings look outside the frame . Often the cups are separated by a plastic
sleeve which helps to prevent water ingress.
We advice to replace this system every 3000 miles and to have them inspected and cleaned
every 6 months to reduce clicking noise. If there is any freeplay or grinding, we suggest they’re
replaced as soon as possible.
This is how your BB30 bearings look outside of your frame accompanied by their circlips.
This bearing system requires a little more care and maintenance. As such, we advise
them to be replaced every 3000 miles and to be inspected and re-greased every 6 months.
However, should any clicking sounds appear we recommend you have them inspected
as soon as possible.
This bottom bracket can be considered the ‘classic’ system. While not
viewed to be high performance it is often more durable than other
bottom brackets. Square taper offers several axle length options
which is very useful when undertaking customisation projects.
The bearings are housed in a unit which is threaded into the BB shell.
This is how the square taper unit appears outside of your frame. We recommend replacing
this bottom bracket every 6000 miles and to be inspected and cleaned every 12 months.
As with the other systems, if you notice any freeplay or grinding we recommend you replace
the unit as soon as possible.
These guidelines are based on the high quality shimano sealed units, unit integrity may
differ by brand.