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BB in Ti Frame - Teflon Tape question(7 posts)

BB in Ti Frame - Teflon Tape questionSpiderman
Oct 19, 2003 11:02 AM
Quick question, when using teflon tape on my BB for my ti frame, do i grease the tape as well and the BB shell? I always just threw tons of grease in there. Now it is creaking and i want to try the tape, I have just never done it before.

I know the creaking could be coming from anywhere, but I am making sure it is not the BB. Thanks for your help!
re: BB in Ti Frame - Teflon Tape questionRusty Coggs
Oct 19, 2003 12:48 PM
I've used tape and grease or tape and Ti prep.
If you grease, you don't need the tape.Kerry Irons
Oct 19, 2003 5:27 PM
Grease, anti-seize, or tape all work if installed with proper tourque per specification (70 nm for Campy, 50 nm for Shimano). I prefer grease because you get anticorrosion protection as well, and you're sure that there is something in every nook and cranny. Tape or anti-seize offer no benefits over grease, just another route to the same goal. Most BB clicking problems are due to insufficient torque or dried out threads.
I guess i am back to the old "creaky BB"Spiderman
Oct 20, 2003 1:39 PM
I put some tape on (and greased the bb shell threads) and the sound went away a little, but not totally. Its driving me nuts, I'll have to check everything. I know it is not my drivetrain, just replaced rings, cassette and chain - checked chainring bolts and crank tightness, none of that. The BB tape was more out of curiousity. I always thought it was in my drivetrain because it would only happen in certain gears, i'll figure it out.

I know people are tired of seeing the creaky BB post.
I disagree,TJeanloz
Oct 20, 2003 1:57 PM
In my experience grease alone will not always solve the clicking problem. I've resorted to the anti-seize/teflon tape combo (and proper torque) as the most effective. If just grease works for you, great, but it isn't infallible.
re: BB in Ti Frame - Teflon Tape questiond-boy
Oct 20, 2003 4:38 PM
I've totally overhauled by BB (D-A)and even chainrings (Ultegra). Used Ti-prep and teflon. I even checked for cracks in the Ti-frame. Turns out it was the seatpost rail clamp (EC70). Cleaned them off, greased and tightened. No problemo, the sound went away. I could have sworn the creaking sound on every revolution was coming from the BB. Good luck.
Let this be a lesson in diagnosisKerry Irons
Oct 21, 2003 4:01 PM
At least one obvious thing to do with "BB noises" is to ride out of the saddle and see if you still have the noise. Likewise, can the noise be reproduced when the bike is not moving just by flexing things (bars, stem, crank, chain rings, saddle, wheels, etc.)? These things all should be part of the effort to find out where the noise comes from.