Bottom brackets rarely get the love or respect they deserve; until they go wrong. When they do fail or wear out, often riders know little about what bottom bracket their bike uses and consequently what replacement to buy or ask for. A quick word on threaded bottom bracket shell widths.
This article will discuss how to remove and install bottom brackets used in threaded shells, including three-piece cranks, threaded "thru-spindle" external bearing cups, and bottom brackets used in T47 shells. For the two-piece crankset, there is a left and right arm, but the spindle is attached to one of the cranks. The spindle passes through the bearings in the bottom bracket shell.
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The bottom bracket is the interface between the frame and the cranks. With use, the bearing will require service and replacement. The frame shell in a press fit bottom bracket system has no internal threads.
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Cannondale developed the BB30 bottom bracket in as an open standard. It used a larger 30mm axle which allowed bigger bearings and a bigger bottom bracket shell, providing extra stiffness and lower weight. But it required a precision machined shell and crank, and was expensive to manufacture with an alloy shell bonded to the carbon frame.
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