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    Bottom Bracket Compatability

    I have been looking around and found some general information stating that shimano and FSA external bottom brackets are compatible with x-type/race face. I have an evolve xc crank that I want to get a new non race face bottom bracket for. After looking around there are several models of FSA and shimano and I want to clarify that the spindle on the evolve will fit. Will the following work:
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...tom%20Brackets

    Or

    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...EXO+BB+CUP+SET

    Vs. this one, which is supposed to be a BB9000 instead of the BB7000.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/FSA-MegaExo-BB90...QQcmdZViewItem

    Thanks for the advice, dont want to end up with an unusable bottom bracket.

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    As far as I know, any of those bottom brackets will work--just make sure you get the correct threads (as I'm sure you know). Just, curious, why are you wanting to get rid of the raceface bottom bracket?
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    Its dead. The bearings needed greased so I followed the wonderful guide around here for servicing external bottom brackets. All went well but one of the plastic caps must have deformed and when putting the spindle back in it cracked and fell apart. Not real happy with the race face brackets life, seems that I'm not the only one.

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    I have Deus crank set and have been patiently waiting for my bearings to die...well it's been two years and well over a 1500 miles and they are still turning strong. Race face isn't the only one suffering from premature bearing failure, I just think there system makes it easy to amplify the problem. I think a lot of the problems with the outboard bearings stem from 1) improper facing of the BB shell and 2) esp. with the raceface system is improper installation. You want just enough preload on the bearings (with the crank bolt at a hard stop) to eliminate any play.

    When I do need new bearings I'll be getting some from here:

    www.enduroforseals.com
    Formerly known as iceaxe

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