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Dura Ace BB with Ultegra cranks?(11 posts)

Dura Ace BB with Ultegra cranks?James
Dec 30, 2001 9:51 AM
Will a spline Dura Ace bottom bracket(7700) work with a spline Ultegra(6500) crankset? I read somewhere that you need Dura Ace for Dura Ace, But i'm not sure.
re: Yes,but.....Rusty Coggs
Dec 30, 2001 11:41 AM
....many consider the DA BB to be a pain in the azz.
re: Dura Ace BB with Ultegra cranks?Samcat
Dec 30, 2001 12:05 PM
Either will work.

The 2001 DA BB's had adjustment and seal issues...more difficult to adjust well for novices, needed servicing after wet rides...but worked wonderfully when set up properly and maintained. Saved a smidge of weight over Ultegra.

I've been told that the 2002 DA double bottom bracket is now a sealed unit similar to Ultegra, though I've not seen one, yet. The 2002 DA triple is a sealed unit.

At any rate, the Ultegra BB is smooth, of first rate construction, largely idiot proof and very long lived. Why not just use it...

Been there... done that...Geof
Dec 30, 2001 2:56 PM
Go the other way around if any... The Dura Ace BB is, indeed, a pain. If you like to continually adjust it, repack it, it's a great BB. It is light. You need the correct tool to adjust it as well, otherwise you'll totally f-up the soft aluminum lock rings, even then, you need to be careful.

I went with the Ultegra "install and forget". I ran Ultegra cranks then got a set of Dura-Ace... Cuz they were too purrtie to pass up. Still run the Ultegra BB...

No worries mate...
re: Dura Ace BB with Ultegra cranks?merckx56
Dec 30, 2001 3:29 PM
if you have an english threaded bb, get the dura-ace track bottom bracket. it's a cartridge (sealed) and requires virtually no maintenance. it's spindle is the same length (109.5) and the splines are the same.
good idea... How is the weight compaired to Ultegra?Geof
Dec 30, 2001 3:32 PM
Is it worth the money in other words???
good idea... How is the weight compaired to Ultegra?merckx56
Dec 31, 2001 6:09 AM
i rode it simply because of the fact that it was sealed. in the year that i had that bike, it never presented any problems and was very smooth. on my current road bike, i have full d/a and am running an ultegra bb. i seem to have a problem keeping ultegra bb's together. i'm on my 3rd in 15 months! if you have the $, get the d/a track.
Dec 30, 2001 5:07 PM
Buy an Ultegra BB- it's exactly the same as a Dura-Ace track BB. Even the same price...
Got it for Christmas!James
Dec 30, 2001 3:37 PM
I would normally use the Ultega BB, But i got the dura Ace for Christmas. When my girlfriend went to buy the Ultegra, They were out. Thanks for all the advice.
Got it for Christmas!Samcat
Dec 31, 2001 5:14 AM
Return it; order the Ultegra; get a box of energy bars as change...

Vice Versa?pmf1
Jan 2, 2002 1:56 PM
Yes it will work.

Be warned that the DA BB is a real pain in the butt. All my bikes have Ultegra BB with DA cranks.