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Campy Record Bottom bracket woes(5 posts)

Campy Record Bottom bracket woesShylock
Aug 19, 2001 7:58 PM
So.....After being ridden roughly 1500 miles, and,with few exceptions, exposed to only perfect riding conditions (i.e. ten minutes stuck in thunderstorms ) my campy Record bb feels like 2" grit sandpaper.
I first noticed a bump in my pedal stroke about 2 weeks ago. Rather than deal with the hassles of bb removal, I removed and remounted my sprockets, checked the rear hub bearings, checked for stiff links in my chain and removed, greased and reinstalled my chainrgings, tightened crankl bolts....no luck. So, tonight I gave in and removed the bb. I cleaned it as best I could. ( I didn't dare remove the bearings and service them --- not even sure if I could) I cleaned all threads, greased and reinstalled. I though maybe the bearings just needed to be reseated, as is so often the case with cartridge bearing bbs....

Well, the bump is still there, and needless to say, I'm annoyed --especially when I consider what this thing cost . I suspect Campy won't be of much help, considering most companies don't warranty bearings (and who wants to wait a month for a new bb anyway?) .

So, I guess advice for getting this bottom bracket working properly is what I'm looking for. I'm also wondering if anyone has any experience with Phil Wood bbs -- especially as far as their compatibility with campy is concerned.

thanks for any input.

Feel the gin
Give warrantee a try...Cima Coppi
Aug 20, 2001 8:45 AM
Campy USA has a very good record (pardon the pun) for their warrantee service. With only 1500 mile on your bb, they may replace either the bearings or the whole bb for you. They may even discover the issue is not bearings, but a problem with the spindle itself. Take the bike into a good LBS that sells Campy and talk to the head mechanic about the issue.

As far as the Phil Wood bb goes, you cannot go wrong here. Phil makes awesome Ti spindled bb's that should have the correct taper angle for Campy cranks. They do make a 103mm spindle to mate with a Record Crankset. The cost of this at Colorado Cyclist is $170

http://www.coloradocyclist.com/common/products/productdisplay2_v2.cfm?PRRFNBR=11978&S=11997,11978,12013,12014

Good luck

CC
Give warrantee a try...shylock
Aug 20, 2001 9:41 AM
thanks. Any idea how long Campy would take? Would they require me to send the bb in first or would they take my lbs' word for it. I realize I'm asking for speculation on your part.

The phil wood is certainly priced a bit steeply but might be worth it over the long haul.

Thanks agian

Feel the gin
Not sure about turn around....Cima Coppi
Aug 20, 2001 12:08 PM
This is definitely a question the LBS can answer. You can also pay for them to send it Next Day or Second Day to get it Campy more quickly. Campy would have to have the bb in hand to assess the issue before they'd replace it. There's a chance a LBS would swap it out for you right then and there, and you'll have it immediately. That really depends on the shop.

As far as the Phil bb, it is probably worth the investment for both piece of mind and quality assurance. All of Phil's components are first rate quality!!

Good luck,

CC
Phil WoodCliff Oates
Aug 21, 2001 3:16 AM
Phil Wood bb's come in a Campy specific taper. This is available in a 102mm spindle length directly from Phil Wood and not Colorado Cyclist. There is a also stainless steel spindle version that is significantly cheaper than the ti model, and still significantly ligher than a Record bb. Note that you need to buy lockrings and a lockring tool separately from the bb cartridge.

I would have your LBS warranty the Record bb.