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Re-using a bottom bracket?

JakeJJakeJ Posts: 151
edited October 2017 in Road general
Hi all,

Bit of a noob question I think, but here goes..

So I've got an old Cervelo Soloist, I love it, but it seemed to develop some small web like cracks just by the head tube, so I searched everyday for another one, but just the frame, with the idea of building up a best bike for next season.

After a couple of weeks of eBay trawling, I found one, in 9/10 condition and in my ideal size..

Enough dribble, basically I'm looking at bottom brackets and seeing that good ones are expensive, I know a fair amount about components, but when it comes to BB's I'm pretty much clueless.

My question is, can I use the old BB from the original soloist and put it on the new one..

The only information I have on the original BB is that I've been told that it's a ceramic one and quite good, hence me wanting to keep it and save a little bit on cost.



  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Assuming the BB standard for the frame hasn't changed, yes.
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  • fat daddyfat daddy Posts: 2,605
    as long as you can get the BB out without damaging it there is no reason why it cant be used again .. I have done this with threaded BBs with no issues what so ever
  • JakeJJakeJ Posts: 151
    awesome, cheers guys, one less thing to worry about.
  • noodlemannoodleman Posts: 852
    I've recently re-used one from an old bike to a new one with no issues. Wouldn't be overly concerned about saving one just because it's ceramic though. Had one in my S-works and good tell naff all difference and it was shot after 2000 miles and a couple of wet rides. Never worth the extra.
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  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Yes re the b/b.

    Re the frame - this was a design fault on Soloists - mine has recently cracked as well so the frame is now hanging up on the wall looking lovely but forlorn. They can be welded but this turns it into the weakest spot so will go again in the future, but may be worth doing and using the bike as a winter/turbo bike.

    Make sure you use the little shim for the seat post on the new frame or the new one will go again - if yours is damaged you can get them for £19 from a German website.
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 16,819
    If they are standard bearings then just buy new brand name generic ones sourced on the internet.
    Look at the model number on the old ones and Google. You may be pleasantly surprised. I was.
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