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New BB...Dura-Ace or Ultegra?(2 posts)

New BB...Dura-Ace or Ultegra?DT
Apr 3, 2001 8:08 PM
I just did my spring cleaning on my bike and found my D/A BB bearing cups are starting to pit. With a new baby on the way (our first!) my wife is freaking out about $$$ and (even though a BB is a minor expense comparatively speaking) demands I don't go D/A for once. What advantages does an extra $15 get you in the BB department, besides the grams? Thanks!
re: New BB...Dura-Ace or Ultegra?pmf
Apr 4, 2001 4:30 AM
For the extra $15, you'll get a few grams less weight, lots of aggrevation installing just right and lots of time spent fiddling with it later. Just the thing you need when your baby shows up.

Over the past year, I've built 3 bikes up with DA. I put Ultegra BB in all of them. Easy to install, no maintenence and well sealed.

Make sure your crank is the new splined configuration and not the older squared one. Shimano went to this a few years ago along with a proprietary splined BB. If your cranks are the older square type ones, then you can't use the Ultegra (but you can use anything else on the market).