I currently am running my bike’s original FSA V-Drive cranks along with the stock BB, which the best that I can tell is the FSA MegaExo 7000. The bottom bracket is making noise and frankly, seems to be lacking in smooth operation, even after a thorough disassembly, cleaning and reassembly. My question is, can I replace the BB, keeping the cranks, with something like Hope’s new line? Are there any compatibility issues I should be aware of?

My technical knowledge is certainly lacking (in terms of what “fits” and what doesn’t), and after reading several articles and looking at FSA’s website, I must admit I’m only more confused if there are non-FSA direct replacements out there. But, I like to work on my own things so I’m hoping I can draw on the vast experience out there, find a direct BB replacement of higher quality, and install it myself.

Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much!