Press-Fit Bottom Brackets, the Hambini way

I’m a huge fan of threaded BSA bottom brackets. They’re cheap, easy to install, kind of a standard so available anywhere and everybody can install them. I have converted my Cannondale Supersix to BSA, as well as the Niner RLT9 steel.

However, the chiner came with BB86, something that cannot be converted to BSA. I could have ordered the frame with BSA spec, but that meant custom frame and a looong waiting time. So I decided to look into those pressfit bottom brackets.

Hambini seems to know what he’s talking about when it comes to bearings, so I figured I’d give it a go. He suggests to use Loctite’s Activator and a mild strength retaining compound, like Loctite’s 641 to avoid any creaking. The activator is required on carbon fibre frames otherwise the retaining compound will not stick.

GCN Tech also did a bearing special with Hambini here.

Time will tell. I’ve done about 1500km on the bike in cold wet weather and washed it like half a dozen times. So far so good.

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