- ISIS – is it still pants?
When the ISIS bottom bracket standard first appeared (and was up against Octalink) they seemed to wear out ridiculously quickly and seem to still have a poor reputation today. The thing is though, when HTII came out people seemed to be wearing those out in weeks, but over time they’ve improved.
Is ISIS still as dreadful as it always was or are there some good units around (I’ve heard that the Superstar ones are pretty good)? Equally, does it have much future as a standard? I’ve found some cheapish ISIS Middleburn cranks but there’s not a great deal of point in buying them if I can’t get bottom brackets a year of so down the line.Posted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I got ISIS when it first came out and between then and now I’ve gone through about 6 BBs (had 2 bikes running ISIS, now only got the one) – most of the BB were replaced under warranty.
Running an FSA ISIS now and it’s still fine (although I hardly ever use that bike anymore so no reason it wouldn’t be…) but you’d be very limited in terms of cranks to fit now.Posted 4 years agoOnzadogSubscriber
I really liked it when it came out and had great performance from it. However, it’s an old standard on its way out. I’d not be spending money on converting to ISIS now. I’d only buy stuff to keep existing kit going.
Whatever Shimano chainset is the same price as the cranks you’ve seen will most probably perform as well and will be more future proof.Posted 4 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
Isis was solution to a problem that did not exist ON QUALITY SQUARE TAPER IN XC SITUATIONS.
Apparently we thought we were all so damned rad breaking our soft alloy £25 afterburner cranks, that we needed a better system.
Isis is still a bit bollocks. A bit hit and miss. I prefer square taper white industries on a shimano or Royce bb.
I have Isis on my fat bike due to lack of options.Posted 4 years ago
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