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    It begins: lateral play in my ISIS BB - Can I fix? Or is it just a matter of time?

    Hey all,

    Checking out my bike after a ride yesterday I found what I have dreaded since I started reading the ISIS horror stories around here ... lateral play. Tearfully, I talked to my wife, and physician. Both recommended I get a second opinion before heading to the LBS. I cannot help but think this is related to my converting to SS at the beginning of this season.

    It's a Race Face SRX ... and it's lasted just over a year. So far. There is just a touch (1 mm or so) of back-and-forth play in it right now. I've never messed with BB's before: can I tighten something? Or relube something? Or what would I check, to see if it's even worth trying to save?

    And how might I do this ... I'm headed to the Park Tool help page now, but any advice is appreciated.

    A boo hoo hoo. Looks like my birthday epic planned for tomorrow is out ...

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    Good job! i think you can fix it.

    by replacing it with an FSA Platinum.
    they are cheap and seem to be pretty reliable (for ISIS).

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    Damn. eSSq, that's what I was afraid of. It's been a horrible week for bike reliability around here; so far, we've tanked one wireless roadie computer, one C'Dale Headshok, and now my BB ... arrrgh.

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    Check your crankarm bolts

    Before you write it off check your crankarm bolts to make sure they haven't come loose. I know it sounds like a DUH, but mine did the same thing and oddly enough I was running an SRX also. The SRX is an entry-level bb and not made to handle tons of abuse, but it's actually a decent bb. Having said that, I have upgraded it to an FSA Platinum Pro also.
    Anyway, check those bolts.

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    Thanks P-funk; it was the first thing i checked when I felt the play ... lamentably, those crankarms were on there just fine.

    Well ... at least I know 2 out of 2 helpful contributors recommend the FSA platinum BB ...

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    ... and if we just ... i'm now running that bb on 2 SS's...

    fwiw. it's recommended by The Path and it's relatively cheap. do it to it!

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