Would you buy a Cane Creek Bottom Bracket?
If they made one.
Bit of a preamble - a while ago, when I bought my first rig, it happened to be fitted with a Cane Creek headset and over the time between then and now I have upgraded parts here and there... like you do ... and along the way I ended up owning both a Chris King headset and bottom bracket and, although they were very nice and very blingy, I couldn't say that I thought they were any better than other parts that I owned along the way.
Right now I am working on a Gary Fisher frame and when I was picking all the parts I needed I decided to buy a Cane Creek headset again. Yesterday I installed it into the GF frame and while I was doing it I thought you know Cane Creek make awesome bearings and for the life of me I don't understand why they don't make bottom brackets, in fact if they did I would be first in a queue to buy one because if it was the same quality as this headset I just got from Wiggle then I would be chuffed to bits.
So - I went along to Cane Creeks website and asked them why they don't make BB's when their headsets are simply awesome and they said they are so busy working on their 'suspension products and the advancement of the Double Barrel line' they have left creating BB's to other manufacturers... and I can understand that seeing as I know how hard it can be developing new products, but it also didn't stop me wishing they did make BB's
Anyway I know that was a bit long and its even my first post - bit of a lurker - and I am maybe going to end up buying a Hope BB seeing as the Lancashire lads made their BB to cope with non stop rain and mud so typical of the UK weather, but would you - like me - want to see the Cane Creek lizard dancing round your pedals, knowing that just like their headsets it is a top notch piece of equipment manufactured to impeccable standards?
Brands are brands - some parts it pays to ignore them and simply go for the best deal (and spend the money you save on getting better stuff elsewhere).
Headsets I'd personally look for something well sealed but reduced (because if you shop around on places like CRC, you'll find reduced ones) - if I could get, for example, an FSA for £50 that retailed at £80 rather than an equivalent CC that cost a tenner extra then too right I would do so.
Hope stuff seems to have a "made in the UK" premium over here, it's not excessively badly priced, but I'd certainly expect to get a better part for the same money from someone like FSA or Canecreek (not to mention that you're more likely to find the latter two on offer).
Brand loyalty has always seemed a little odd to me - if they make parts which are different (say bars with different rise/sweep than others make, or brakes which have a different lever shape/feel) in some quantifiable way which you like, then sure, that makes sense... but people seem hell-bent on sticking by the same brands for parts which are NOT particularly unique - Thomson stems and seatposts, for example, are nicely made but typically overpriced in a competitive market segment where there are shedloads of good options.
To answer your question in short... yes, I'd buy one, if it was the best deal out there at the time (naturally, including that they didn't have a bad record of premature failures).
I bought an Enduro bottom bracket to replace my first Shimano BB when the bearings seized up. $75 for that. Then I realized I could just whack the crappy stock bearings out of the Shimano cups and replace them with sealed cartridges from Enduro for $15.
So for the cost of one Chris King BB ($150ish) I could have ten sets of bearings. I'm sure the CC BB would cost similar.
I buy CC headsets, Thompson posts and stems and I9 or CK hubs when I can just for the fact they are made in the US. I don't mind paying a premium for the highest quality parts, and it's a bonus they are made here. I would consider a CC BB without question.
Originally Posted by Berkley
^^^ This, not as blingy but it works as well as one could ask for.
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