- Raceface X-type bottom brackets – any good?
They were redesigned with new seals and better grease a few years ago. I believe the early ones were truly shocking and are well remembered by many.Posted 4 years ago
I think they also come in a variety of grades (XC/DH/ etc …)
I’ve had 2011/12 XC xtypes in three bikes and have had no issues unlike a GXP which became very stiff after some properly wet stuff.
I think it’s one of those things you need to try.
The one in my commuter has several thousand miles on it of mixed commute plus off road use.
To be honest for the 14 quid or so you should be paying its hard to fault that, although I’d understand someone being upset after a ride or two.
As with all external bb’s, a properly faced shell is all important – but that’s a given.
Not sure about the replaceable bearings though. I’ve seen some tutorials on putting Enduro bearings in but they all involve ‘modification’. At the price I’d consider these disposable and not bother…mindmap3Member
I know it’s too late now, but mine have always been pretty good. I’m even running one now and it’s not seized or killed me yet.
I did have a Deore one and that was truely shocking. I kid you not, but three wetish rides and it seized. My current Saint one has lasted fourteen months so far and is still really smooth. The XT ones I have had lasted well too….I won’t be tight again and will always spend the extra to get better than Deore.Posted 4 years ago
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