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    My Ooold 2002 Specialized FSR Stumpjumper needs which bottom bracket?

    Hello MTBR Friends,

    I got an easy one for you today. (Sorry!, Ok?!)

    Have bottom brackets for Mt Bikes changed any since 2002?
    I don't know so via weblink or precise description/part number, could someone please tell me which bottom bracket I need to order?

    It's an old 2002 Specialized M4 Stumpjumper
    I give you my baby (go ahead and laugh) but do throw me a bone while you are at it.





    Many thanks in advance!
    John
    I often start riding and cannot stop.

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    there are new BB standards (mostly surrounding press-fit bb shells), but the old ones are still around.

    You just have to choose the right one for your bb shell and the crankset you wish to use.

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    I must be slipping...
    Why didn't I just look up the specs?

    I did and found it:

    Shimano BB-ES50, 113mm spindle

    I was pretty busy today and just didn't foresee this...
    Thanks for your time!
    John
    I often start riding and cannot stop.

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    Bottom brackets have changed a lot since 2002, but luckily companies still offer replacements that will fit older bikes.

    2002 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC Disc - BikePedia

    The stock BB should have an octalink spindle. If so, you could just order a Shimano ES25 or ES51 in 113mm spindle and 68mm BB shell and it should work. If you're doing the work yourself, you'll also need to make sure you have the correct crank arm puller and BB tool.

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    If your rings have enough wear to warrant changing and you want to step into the next decade, something like a shimano m590 costs less than a big bill with a bb. External bearings vs your cartridge bb.

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