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DA bottom bracket and crankset(7 posts)

DA bottom bracket and cranksetFender
Jan 7, 2003 8:21 AM
I'm about to buy a new Dura Ace bottom bracket and crankset. I plan on spending aprox. 250 for both, but if I can find something of equivalent weight/durability/strength for less I'll be a lot happier. Any recommendations?
Lets see if I have this right...Nessism
Jan 7, 2003 10:34 AM
You are looking for something just a light, just as strong, and with equal durability as DuraAce...but for less money? Good luck!

Honestly though, the DuraAce crank is cutting edge technology and the bottom bracket is one of the lightest out there. You will not find an "equivalent" for less money. You can get better value by going for Ultegra, but it will be heavier - and more durable in the bottom bracket area.

Good luck.

Ed
re: DA bottom bracket and cranksetMR_GRUMPY
Jan 7, 2003 11:11 AM
DA is the best value for the money and the weight. The Dura Ace BB is not an install and forget about it type of BB. If you want that, get an Ultegra.
Listen to Mr Grumpy - DA bb are not maintenance free! (nm)GrabTheBarsAndHurt
Jan 8, 2003 2:26 PM
re: Ultegra bottom bracket and DA cranksetpmf1
Jan 7, 2003 1:06 PM
The Ultegra is only about 30 grams heavier, but is an order of magnitude easier to install and maintain. If you like to tinker, get the DA, if you like to install and forget, get the Ultegra. I have five DA equipped bikes in my house. Four of them have Ultegra BB's in them.
Good luckjw25
Jan 8, 2003 10:43 AM
The Ritchey WCS crankset is listed as 7 grams lighter, but it's also $10 more at Excel. The Dura-Ace is very very nice for an alloy crank, and the chainrings are superb. I've been riding a set for a year now, and the rings still look new.
The BB, though, is fiddlier than the sealed Ultegra version, though weight is reduced. I run XTR on my mtb, and tried to use the older splined XTR bb, but had to replace it after 2 months due to water infiltration and corrosion. That was with 4 rebuilds, too. It was light, but just too delicate for off-road. THe sealed version has held up for 2 years of mud and stream crossings, and is still smooth.
The Dura-Ace uses the same design, and would probably be all right, but still needs frequent maintenance, and has to be adjusted just right.
Not that that's impossible, but for me, I'd rather fit and forget, so the 2 ounces don't bother me that much.
go buy a cannondale caad 6 or 7, best crank/bb. imho(nm)wheelsucker
Jan 8, 2003 5:00 PM