I have been riding an IRD QB-75 "Quad" bottom bracket for over a year now. I bought it because it was lighter than Shimano, and is about the only option between the $20 Shimano and the $100+ Phil Wood or WI models.
While swapping the cranks between my bikes this weekend, the IRD felt dry and "draggy" when I turned the spindle by hand. Since this is a sealed bearing BB, does this mean it's all done and should be replaced?
I already have another IRD I'm going to use, but now I'm already looking ahead. Is my best option to just pony up the the $100+ units to be happy? Or alternatively, is over a year on a $45 BB reasonable and possibly cost effective?
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Thread: Bottom Bracket rough = replace?