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what size bearings for chris king BB?

02gf7402gf74 Posts: 1,168
edited February 2014 in MTB workshop & tech
Any one know what size bearings are fitted to chris king exteranl bottom bracket? All I know is he i.d. is 27 mm.


  • majormantramajormantra Posts: 2,094
    CK make their own bearings, so I don't think they're a standard size. Their BBs are designed to last a long time with regular servicing. What's wrong with yours, and have you tried servicing it?
  • 02gf7402gf74 Posts: 1,168
    you know what - I reckon you're right .... that is the conclusing I have come to after googling.
    In my opinion it is idiotic making a part that is already avaialable en masse for few quid; no doubt it accounts for the £ 150 price tag.

    And it is not as if they last forever; the BB comes fitted to my latest frame and the bearings feel gritty; I will have a go at washing them out and regreasing but I am not convinced that'll fix the problem. Also when I fit a truvativ crank, they do not spin freely but I am tightening it by hand so no doubt have put too much preload - we'll see what they are like when done up to correct troque.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    Truvative cranks do not use any preload as they clamp on the ND bearing so you are most likely brinneling the races.
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  • 02gf7402gf74 Posts: 1,168
    thanks for the replies

    LH crank amr has printed the torque for the bolt - 12 - 15 Nm.

    ... anyways, today I removed the BB cups and took apart the beaing - there is a thin split ring holding it together - interestingly on LH side it was fitted incorrectly hmmmm :roll: . all cleaned up and regreased so no longer get grittiness when turning.

    Placed a piece of copper tube over over the 8mm allen key marked at 12 in and did it up to the recommended torque.

    The cranks spin better, maybe 2 or 3 turns but not as much as I expected. Once I finish the build and ride it, then I will see what happens. :?
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