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    Feb 2004

    Installing hollowtech crankset - face BB req'd?

    Bought an XT hollowtech crankset today - reading on the install, it says to face the BB shell. Has anyone found this necessary or is the shell typically "square"? Is there anyway to check it, or do I need that $300 Park tool? (or a bike shop willing to do it)

    I also learned that the XTR crankset includes the tool for installation, but the XT set does not. Nice - now I have to wait another few stinkin' days

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    If it's a new frame you're building up, and you don't

    think the frame was prepped correctly by all means have a bike shop do this for you (unless you want to spend the several hundred bucks to get the tools). If you have used the bike for a while and you had no problems with your headset or bb, it's probably not necessary; King does recommend you chase and face your headtube when installing their headsets...if you're going to do it, do it all at once and have 'em check the threads on your bb while you're at it. All the chasing/facing/tapping tools are damn expensive and even I won't buy them.
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