FSA (Performance) Ti Spindle Bottom Bracket

2.78/5 (18 Reviews)
MSRP : $89.99


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FSA (Performance) Ti Spindle


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by walshy a Cross Country Rider from Dorchester,MA

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2006

Strengths:    light,thats it

Weaknesses:    creaks after a couple of months and then loosens up and all hell breaks loose.

Bottom Line:   
i was triing to get away from the big S. So Sram came in to play as did mavic,easton,wtb and that sh@#ty fsa bb.well i thought it was just the way i installed it, but after reading these reviews i know this product sucks.i was on my dream ride in MOAB. thanks santa. my bike started groaning and moaning. so i oiled. quick fix.60 miles in the middle of white rim and i start pulling pedals and grease them. no good. so i puled crank arms greased them. no good.the bb was not loose so i didnt think that was the problem,but i know there is nothing left to grease down there. i had help from one of the guids and pulled it and regreased and put it back on.that was it. the grit and sand that got in was aweful. sealed my a@#. flaming terds you get 1 for lightness thats all

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   greenfish

Similar Products Used:   99 xt 5 years no problems ,96 xt well that speaks for its self

Bike Setup:   05 heckler dhx coil xl mavic wheels easton riser bars and stem x9 trigger xt,xtr mix brakes xt front xo rear fsa piece of sh#% bb wtb saddle

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Denis a Weekend Warrior from Alameda, CA USA

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2005

Strengths:    light

Weaknesses:    bearings are not the best

Bottom Line:   
very satisfactory overall it did make a significant contribution to shed some weight off my bike which I have upgraded over the years. Three problems: One is that the bearings will creak and will wear out relatively fast and will need adjustments, I use my bike within the boundaries it was designed for and go for long courses in rugged terrain. I do not expect that BB to last more than 2 years. I have now to change it. B- this BB requires care when it is mounted on your bike, very important to not overtighten it. C- the bolt on one side I have never been able to make it tight more than 2 months. eventually it starts creaking bad and needs to be tighten.
Also, NEVER spray water on that BB, it will freeze up after few days. If that happens make sure you check it after 2 days and get it to spin

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $82.00

Purchased At:   universal cycles

Similar Products Used:   Truvativ

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz SuperLight

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Lafayette

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2003

Strengths:    Not Known at this point

Weaknesses:    Fell apart in under an hours riding on my trainer

Bottom Line:   
I hope I got a bad one 'cause I've never seen anything die that fast that wasn't shot with a big bullet. I built my new bike with this bb after someone told me that they had had problems but were all fixed. Well I put the bike on my trainer (as we still have 3 ft of snow here)and After just 48 minutes of light outta shape winter pumping the thing was wobbling like a bent chain ring. I really didn't believe it. Sent it back and am looking forward to using a new one in a week. Will update after a couple rides with that one.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   Universal Bike


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rick a Cross Country Rider from Orange, California, US

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2001

Strengths:    Light weight, return policy

Weaknesses:    Everything, except for being light weight

Bottom Line:   
In my 10+ years of serious riding, I have learned the importance of durability and functionality, especially when it comes to bikes and parts. In a brief moment of desparation, I lost my head and purchased this bottom bracket (the LBS was out of XT and Race Face BB's in my size). After just one day of riding on this thing all of the negative things described in previous reviews came true (I don't need to rehash this stuff, just look below). In summary, if you're a serious rider who is looking for a bottom bracket that works properly, you MUST avoid this product. I exchanged it the following week for a Shimano XT (only $17).

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $79.00

Similar Products Used:   Race Face CroMo, Shimano

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Heckler

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric C a Cross Country Rider from N.C,

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2001

Strengths:    light

Weaknesses:    creeks but there is a fix

Bottom Line:   
used for a year started creeking called FSA they sent new part to fix in two days!!! no charge!!!!! new part has a nylon insert..old one didn't. because of the way FSA took care of me I would buy another in a heartbeat, they deserve my buisiness...

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   all

Bike Setup:   not important

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by A.S. biz a Downhiller from Manlius, NY

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2001

Strengths:    Light, has bearing lip so an XTR bb mount FD can be used

Weaknesses:    bearings! they squeal...it's like i'm riding a rocking chair

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy it! buy anything else....those guys are right...the best BB is one you don't have to think about...this one isn't it. It may lighten your bike by a little bit, but I'd take a shimano XT over this. The only good thing i can say is that it has a lip on the drive side so I can mount my Carbon plate XTR front deralliuer on it. I'm going to spend the $20 and make my bike quiet again. Too much noise....

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Favorite Trail:   skytop

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $69.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   race face, shimano

Bike Setup:   lawill 6 w/ z-1, hayes, etc. Kooka cranks

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by rick a Cross Country Rider from arizona

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2001

Strengths:    light

Weaknesses:    housing for bearings is weak and bearings suck.

Bottom Line:   
Creaks after two rides, and noise is not from the cranks or bearings as everyone thinks, the aluminum housing loosens all by itself. I will be going back to shimano. This is a high maintanence product, if you like that kind of thing then buy it. The best b.b. is one you dont have to think about.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   all

Bike Setup:   dbr,fsa carbon fsa cranks

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Seattle

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2000

Strengths:    Three bearing design, light weight, easy installation, easy maintainence, a great deal

Weaknesses:    lame bearing grease

Bottom Line:   
I gave up my 10 year old White Industries Ti BB to get a shorter spindle. In exchange I got the correct spindle length for my new cranks, three bearings instead of two and no need to adjust side to side spacing. I also got creaking and squeaking on my second ride. Turns out riding in the wet Pacific Northwest washed out all the grease in the bearings. Knocked the bearings out with a 5/8 socket, repacked them with some Bardall and life is good again. Come to think of it I had to do the same thing when my White Industries BB was new. At $75 the FSA is a deal!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bill from Royal Oak, MI USA

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight - less filling

Weaknesses:    Too flexy and not compatible with Race Face cranks. to mommy.....

Bottom Line:   
Switched from a Shimano XT to this, to lighten the load. When it came time to hammer this BB cried all the way home. I switched back to old faithful (E.G. Shimano)and the flex went back into it's cage.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Fisher Super Cal - Tricked with Race Face (free from team sponsor)

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by KIMO a Cross-Country Rider from ANAHEIM, CA

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2000

Strengths:    
LIGHT, TI SPINDLE, 3 BEARINGS, WAS SMOOTH.


Weaknesses:    
BEARINGS WENT TO CRAP!!!!! BUT SEE BELOW


Bottom Line:   
WELL, AS OTHER REVIEWERS STATED UNDER THIS ONE, 2 OR THE 3 BEARINGS CRAPPED OUT. I'VE HAD THE FSA TI BB FOR A YEAR, SO I BROUGHT TO MY LBS & ASKED IF THE 1 YR WARRANTY WAS STILL VALID. THE MECH SAID YES & PROCEDED TO REPLACE ALL 3 BEARINGS. NOW I HAVE A REFURBISHED TI BB W/ BETTER BEARINGS, WHAT A BIG DIFFERENCE!!! TO MAKE THIS REAL SWEET, I ASKED THE MECH WHAT THE COST FOR ALL THE WORK DONE, HE SAID NO CHARGE, IT WARRANTY WORK. FAR OUT!!!!!! SO 3 STARS FOR ORIGINAL FSA TI BB, & 5+ NOW THAT IT'S BEEN REBUILT. THIS BB IS MUCH LIGHT THAN A SHIMANO UN72.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
UN72, UN52


Bike Setup:   
SCHWINN HOMEGROWN FULL SUSP

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Steve a Racer from Minnetonka, MN

Date Reviewed: December 6, 1999

Strengths:    
All Shiny!


Weaknesses:    
Pitiful bearing quality


Bottom Line:   
I posted the original review on this product in February '99. My BB died 8 months later, the day before the Chequamegon Fat Tire 40 mile race. Lucky for me I had a crappy old, brick-heavy, smooooooth spinning UN52 sitting in the parts bin, or it would have been $40 to the LBS for a new UN72 (Robbers! Where do they get off charging DOUBLE the typical mail-order of $20 -- the 'value added of having a BB tool handy?!?!? Sheesh!). Anyhoo, Performance (God Bless their capitalist little souls!) sent me a replacement post haste, which I will grind to dust before requesting yet another -- hey, fresh BBs every eight months for life, Wheeeee! Honestly, with three bearings, this jewel should last MUCH longer; I'm not a basher, I only weigh 160, and I avoid mud/wet 'cause ah hates bein' muddy and wet! 3 stars because light weight sort of counterbalances marginal durability...

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Favorite Trail:   
Snail

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
UN52, 72


Bike Setup:   
Jamis Dakar, SID, Titanium Widgets, Handlebar Streamers

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Kevin S a Cross-Country Rider from SoCal

Date Reviewed: October 6, 1999

Strengths:    
Light.Easy to install and service.Not expensive.


Weaknesses:    
Bearings not so good.Warranty doesn't cover bearings that aren't so good.


Bottom Line:   
Update to my last review. The non-drive bearing pitted out after only 7 months of mostly dry biking. I figured I'd at least get a year out of it, oh well.I took it over to Supergo but they said the warranty wouldn't cover corroded bearings. But only one was hosed, which their tech at the Santa Monica shop replaced with a better sealed one for $10. He also repacked the other two bearings while he had it apart and didn't charge me any labor, or make me wait, and even showed me how to do it all myself next time. Which I thought was pretty cool.Anyway, the bearings aren't so good, but at least it's serviceable and can even be upgraded. I still think it's a good part, but it needs more maintenance than I expected.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Disposable Shimano.



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by grannygear a Weekend Warrior from Honolulu, Hawaii

Date Reviewed: September 11, 1999

Strengths:    
lightweight
price
performance
easy to install
double bearings on drive side


Weaknesses:    
none to date


Bottom Line:   
Lightweight (185 on my scale for a 73x110.5)
cartridge design = easy installation
smooth operation / no flex felt
price $60 from Supergo can't beat that for a ti

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Favorite Trail:   
all local trails

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
shimano
action tec
erickson


Bike Setup:   
schwinn moab 1 disc
RS Judy XC w/englund total air carts

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by A.S. a Downhiller from NY

Date Reviewed: July 2, 1999

Strengths:    
Light, durable, strong (3 bearing)


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
I've had this for some time, but not long enough to say for sure. It's light, but not stupid light. the three bearings are all sealed, so it should be durable, plus the ti spindle keeps it light

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Favorite Trail:   
song

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
shimano....


Bike Setup:   
lx 99 cranks, gt STS

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Eli a Weekend Warrior from Fresno, CA

Date Reviewed: April 7, 1999

Strengths:    
Light, Simple and relatively cheap


Weaknesses:    
Weak seals


Bottom Line:   
This is a follow up to my previous review. After my BB bearings started squeaking, I sent FSA an e-mail asking about possible warranty replacement. They responded within 24 hours and offered to replace the BB free of charge if I would send them the defective one. I sent the old BB and, lo and behold, today I received a brand new BB as a replacement. The total turnaround from when I sent the old BB to when the new one arrived was less than a week. Of course, I haven't had a chance to ride the new BB, but I am very happy about the good customer service that FSA offers. They even called me at home to tell me that the new BB was on the way. It's reassuring when a company responds quickly and stands behind its products. Based on their service, I'm giving the FSA BB four chilis, although the jury is still out on the durability issue.

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Favorite Trail:   
Cannell Trail

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
World Class, Shimano XT, Phil Wood, Suntour Grease Guard


Bike Setup:   
Santa Cruz Superlight, Manitou SX Ti, Cane Creek AD 10

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