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    Downside of Ti square taper BB?

    I have a Race Face square taper BB (113mm-connected to RF Turbine cranks) and am thinking about upgrading to the RF Ti spindle. Is there a downside to the Ti? I weigh 170. I do not want to make the switch if it makes the BB more prone to being creaky or if it makes it more flexy....Has anyone tried these two RF BB spindles? I think the BB is called a Taperlock...

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    Well no taper lock review here but I run a 120mm Ti spindle in a Phil wood and I'm 220 lbs. No flex here or noise
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    I ran the RF chrome-moly Taperlocks for years and they are a great product. I have not tried their Ti version, but my first thought is where are you going to find this animal? RF hasn't made a square taper BB for years. As far as flex goes, Ti will flex more than steel. If you under 180 lbs it should be an issue.
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    I had a Ti Taperlock. It was great. I stripped one of the cups though in a lapse of belligerence. At the time I weighted about 145-150 pounds. I replaced it with a Performance Ti I got off ebay. It was fine too.
    The only nugget of wisdom I can pass along is use anti seize compound on the bolts and the flats.

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    I run an unbadged Ti spindle BB on my geared bike. No issues to report (and I also weigh 170).

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    I rode a steel WI Square taper BB and bent it after a few rides. I replaced it with a Ti spindle and took that out on a ride. I was very surprised at how much the Ti spindle flexed, but quickly forget and just kept riding.

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