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Bottom Bracket Q?(3 posts)

Bottom Bracket Q?homegrown2004
Aug 11, 2002 3:17 PM
I'm looking at road frames and have been looking closely at Fondriest frames. Looking at their specs on the website it says their bottom bracket type is Italian. I assume English and Italian are different thread patterns or something. My questions is, can I easily find "Italian" bottom brackets in the U.S. and are they compatible w/ Shimao and/or FSA? Thanks
re: Bottom Bracket Q?Rusty Coggs
Aug 11, 2002 3:58 PM
Shimano and FSA both offer italian threading.Check www.branfordbike.com
re: Bottom Bracket Q?DaveG
Aug 11, 2002 3:58 PM
Both Shimano and Campy make Italian BBs (as well as some other manufacturers). You can readily get one mail order. Your shop may be less likley to have one on hand if most of their business is the standard Trek/'Dale/Specialized fare. They should certainly be able to order one. Italian BBs use a wider (70mm) shell. They also use right hand threading on both sides which means you'll want to crank down the drive side with the recommended torque to keep it from loosening. I have two bikes with Italian threading. Other than being ... well, Italian, there is no advantage to an Italian BB, and one small downside (possible loosening). I would not make it a major factor in selecting a bike though. Get the Fondriest if that is what you desire.