- Chris King Bottom Brackets – Are they really worth 3* the price of an XTBB?
I use the CK ones and if I had to use something else would probably choose Hope (what I used to use)…most other BB’s are more or less disposable. I always regrease mine when doing any other maintainence.
EDIT: I’ve one here in my spares box that has 1000’s of miles on it…I only changed because there was a noise coming from my bike that I thought was it. After changinging it though, turned out to be something else!Posted 6 years agonickcSubscriber
Yes and no. They’re nicely made, don’t mind paying a premium for that, but if you’re not particularly hard on kit, or look after your stuff anyway, then I’d say probably not. Having said that I’m not sure mine would last that much longer if I ignored it as much as I ignore the hope one I’ve got ( which seems indestructible regardless of the treatment it gets)
But that’s not why folk buy CK is it?Posted 6 years agoGary_MMember
If its anything like a ck headset then it’s a definite yes from me. I have a ck headset fitted on my commuting bike, fitted late 2007 and not been touched since, I’ve ridden at least 20,000 miles on the bike through 5 winters and its as smooth as the day it was fitted.Posted 6 years agocoolhandlukeMember
Looked at getting a CK BB a few years ago after getting sick of Shimano BB’s lasting only months.
Ended up getting a Shimano internal square taper BB and nice pimply Middleburn chainset for less than the BB and grease gun. If it ain’t broke….
Just offering another option.Posted 6 years agondthorntonMember
Hope do excellent BBs. They are better sealed and last much longer than XT. Iv never had one wear out.
As for Chris King – Iv never been able to justify buying any of their stuff. Its obsene money for what are, at the end of the day, pretty simple components. Their hubs are craaaaaazy money – who buys them?
If a Chris King BB lasted my entire lifetime it still wouldnt be worth it – Hope (just about) is.Posted 6 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
It’s worth shopping around and not being too fussy – I got one for £67 a couple of months back in the Evans sale as it was “brown” and presumably no one was buying shitty coloured bottom brackets.
Given where it is hidden on the bike, and the fact that I only clean the bike every 3-4 rides, I figured I’d give it a go. No one has yet spotted it.Posted 6 years ago
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