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    ENO and Chris King?

    I think I screwed up and bought a chris king bottom bracket and am trying to match it with ENO cranks-I think the CK BB only is compatible with integrated spindle/cranksets. Any ideas? Should I send the CK BB back and go with a different BB? Obviously not a wrench guy and this is my first SS build attempt...

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    unfortunately, all you assumptions above are correct....

    the white industries need a square taper bottom bracket - they even make their own...


    the chris king bb is undoubtful one of the best pieces of kit you can put on you bike. if you have a need for it, keep it - if not, send it back
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    Thanks. I'll just send the CK back to speedgoat and pick up a White Brothers...

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    You might also consider a Phil Wood BB
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    Quote Originally Posted by bpeery
    Thanks. I'll just send the CK back to speedgoat and pick up a White Brothers...
    And to confuse you even more...White Brothers makes forks, White Industries makes BBs, cranks, hubs, freewheels.

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    x2 on the Phil Wood BB. Sets the standard for quality, and very importantly for a SS, allows for up to 5mm of chainline adjustment. The White Industries BB is not adjustable.

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    I've wondered why WI is going "retro" with a square taper bb. Is there some advantage to this? With all the extra torque the bottom bracket goes through on a SS I was under the assumption square tapers would be flexy

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    Ease of manufactor , ease of maintanance . FWIW , I have never killed a square taper . Loctite blue on the bolts , no worries .

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    You could get a couple cheap Shimano bb's and if it starts going south after a year or so, just replace it... UN54 for $17 on Speedgoat

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    Quote Originally Posted by asphaltdude
    You might also consider a Phil Wood BB
    I strongly agree. I go through bbs like nothing else... the Phil Wood square taper (haven't tried their EBB) is the only one that I have not destroyed. To be fair, I just started to use a CK on another set up... don't have much time on it yet but so far, so good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtsmith
    You could get a couple cheap Shimano bb's and if it starts going south after a year or so, just replace it... UN54 for $17 on Speedgoat
    +1

    I've beat the hell out of my Shimano UN54 for 2 seasons and it's still smooth as day one. Smoother, actually. Cost me $25 at the LBS. Plus, I find installation of the Phil to be a pain in the arse, though that could be my lack of wrenching skills. If you ride in consistenly wet conditions and don't plan on swapping it to a different frame on occasion, the Phil is probably worth it. Otherwise, it just doesn't make sense to me.

    If I was in the market for a high-end BB, I'd go with the White Industries.

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    I and a friend must be the only folks with bad experiences on PW BBs. mine lasted about a year before running rough, about 500 'dry' miles on it- never rode it in the rain. My friends lasted about 3 years (though he admits more than a few stream crossings)

    Phil did replace mine with no charge, so there's that. I've got a 16 year old UN** on my 1991 zaskar that still spins fine- it's got about 400 billion miles on it.
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