- Replacing BB30 bearings?
Bike is getting a bit creaky, so want to replace the bb30 bearings.
What do I need to remove the old bearings and get the new ones in- as looking online it appears I need to throw about £100 at the ‘proper’ tool and press?
I’ve always used a good old hammer and socket on hope hubs, but is a hammer and screwdriver approach a good idea on carbon?Posted 5 years agozilog6128Subscriber
The Park Tool set BBT-30.3 is about £35 or so (don’t know if there are cheaper versions available). Obviously you need a press as well so value-wise it depends how much use you’ll get out of that.
I have 3 BB30 bikes and like to do all my own spannering so the investment was a no-brainer for me. Without the proper tools though I personally would’ve taken them to the LBS, carbon frame or not.Posted 5 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Might be worth a strip, clean and re-grease before you replace any bearings – unless they’ve got big mileage and you want to replace them anyhow. I did that recently on a bb30 and it cured a creak.
Will a headset press work to put them in? I bought that cheap cyclus one to do a bb90 bottom bracket, seems like a good tool to have. bb30 is just bearings straight in the frame, right, no cups? Should work I would have thought.Posted 5 years ago
I’d bash them out the old fashioned way.
With BB30, the bearings sit directly in the frame. You just need some circlip pliers.
They made be hard to remove, but as you won’t reuse the bearings it can be knocked out.
To install, it depends on the tolerances of the frame, which is why BB30 isn’t as popular any more. If the frame is good, then you can normally install by hand. At most, a little tap to get them in and circlip to hold them in.
If its PF30, then it helps to have the proper tools to knock out and push back in.Posted 5 years agoIanWMember
You can replace them with a big hammer and big screw driver to take them out and small hammer and smaller screw driver to put them back in. You’ll also need a pair of circlip pliers and plenty of grease.
Depends on your appetite for bodge, mines well developed and saving £20 on the right tools feels like a small victory.
As above you could probably put the old ones back in with new grease and stop the creaks but bearings are £4 each so you may as well change em or at least the drive side which is the only one that seems to sea on my bike.
Check your pedals for creak too.Posted 5 years ago
Cheers everyone- I’ll have a go with a selection of ‘precision’ hammers.
Where’s the best place to get new bearings?
They’ve been smooth for a year, and I’ve put about 5000 miles on them, so I’m guessing the bearings are on their way out- and if they’re only £4, might as well change them.Posted 5 years ago
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