The Taperlock bottom bracket is available with either a titanium or steel spindle. Both versions are forged and machined to give precision 2-degree taper flats. Heat-treating and shot peening the surface gives the spindle incredible strength and fatigue life.
Adjustable threading feature allows the rider to fine-tune the spindle positioning for proper chainline and perfect shifting. Radial stainless steel ball bearings with 90% grease fill are ultra smooth and designed to accommodate heavy loads.
A locking drive side cup is available for riders who use a BB mounted front derailleur or chain guide.
a Cross Country Rider
from Colimbia, MO, USA
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2009
Strengths: Light, durable, lasts forever and a day
Weaknesses: No longer made
I have the titanium version (blue cups). This is 2009, and I have been using it since 1999. It just hit 10 years of service, I've never once done a bit of maintenance on it, and it still works like new. I weigh 150lbs (sometimes less), so I fall within the safe weight limit.
This BB has turned out to be as bullet-proof as my Chris King headset, which I bought at the same time and also still use. Couldn't possibly be happier that I bought it.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2006
Strengths: SRX cheapo. It lasted one year.
Weaknesses: I should have heeded the bad reviews for this BB.. but I learned for myself. The center casing came apart from the screw ends. Was discovered due to rattle noises, took it apart and thought "yeah this is junk".
Will try another vendor as this is the first BB I have ever worn out. Well.. it worn itself out do to bad quality.
a Cross Country Rider
from Corvallis Oregon USA
Date Reviewed: March 22, 2006
Strengths: Strong, durable, bearings easy to replace
Weaknesses: Steel axle is a little bit to heavy
This bottom bracket has given me zero problems in more than 5 years of use. I way about 180lbs and ride in mud and wet nasty conditions for half the year. For the weight and strength of this bb it was well worth the price. I finally had to replace the bearings this winter. Bearings were cheap at $16 for the pair and easy to replace. I highly recommend it.
Purchased At: Unknown, who cares? You get this anywhere
Similar Products Used: Shimano LX bb
a Weekend Warrior
from Minneapolis, MN, USA
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2005
Strengths: Strong, uh......strong!
Weaknesses: heavy, square tapered
i've been using this BB since '99 and it's amazing! I'm finally going to replace it this year. That's saying alot since it's been transfered from 3 bikes and has put up with 200lbs of beating on an everyday basis. By far, the most durable part on my bike. By the sounds of the new reviews, these aren't being made the same. But, if they are, this is the BB to get (well, it's square tapered, that kinda sucks)
I read a review here where someone says they heard that some off shore company was actually making some of the Race Face BB's, well if that's the case, that might explain why the product information that was supplied with my bottom bracket was photocopied and not printed- I was wondering why I got a cheap and unreadable xerox copy. As for my the new BB...the frekin thing was defective before I even used it!! I turned the spindle in my hand and felt resistence (metal against metal), so I thought- put it on anyways and give it a try- I did it... and took it off 5 minutes later! What a piece of expensive junk! This situation caused me to do for myself what the manufacturers of Race Face BB's don't do to well- that is put a reasonable amount of grease in the bracket. SAVE YOURSELF SOME MONEY AND DRILL A HOLE INTO THE BRACKET, INJECT GREASE INTO IT, PUT STRONG TAPE OVER THE HOLE AND DON'T WASTE ANY MORE MONEY ON A RACE FACE BB. I did this to my "new" (and defective) BB and it did allow the thing to operate for a few hundred miles with no problems. Now the noise is back, so I reinjected some grease-I'll see how long this fix lasts (probably not too long). No more Race Face BB's for this guy- I don't like expensive products that perform like inexpensive ones. Get your act together Race Face.
Bike Setup: Intense Tracer, XTR all the way, Race Face Cranks, love the setup.
from New jersey
Date Reviewed: May 26, 2004
Strengths: Very smooth and light weight.
Weaknesses: Bearings did not last one year.
Bottom bracket was super smooth up until it died. It died without warning. Started the race with a solid bottom bracket and finished with poop. The bearings just died. For that much money it should last alot longer than one year. I am going back to Shimano, even there cheap bottoms lasted longer than that.
Bike Setup: Kona Kula Deluxe, marzocchi x-fly, race facr next lp, mavic 3.1 w/ xtr hubs, sram x.0 rear and shifters, xt front, and some carbon stuff
a Cross Country Rider
from Socorro NM USA
Date Reviewed: November 24, 2003
Strengths: Durability, Durability, Durability ...... Looks, and function. One of the best I've used ever.
I am a 230 lbs rider, I've trashed many XT BBs and was told is was a penalty due to my size and nothing could really be done about it. When this taperlock first came out I was willing to give it a try, it was the best upgrade on my bike to date (4 years). I find that many people do not torque this bottom bracket correctly, this is an important step. Maintance once a year and proper torque specs and I am convinced this thing will go forever. At 230 lbs not many things last, everything on my bike is beefed up, this light weight bottom bracket is right at home. I Love it and would recommend to anyone.
Weaknesses: Bearings toast after one season of riding (mostly dusty trails, never pressure washed or anything like that). Excessive bearing play that cannot be adjusted out.
Though I have owned this product since 1999, last season was the first full season of regular riding. After just one season of normal XC riding (no drops or anything like that) the bearings are done. Lots of bearing slop, which is completely unacceptable. I've used cheap Shimano UN-71 bottom brackets for several seasons and they feel as smooth as the day I bought them! Time to get rid of this piece of junk and go back to what actually works. One flaming turd for this piece.
Bike Setup: Dmr Trailstar, Psylo XC, Rhyno Lites, XT XTR
a Cross Country Rider
from Ogden, UT
Date Reviewed: February 25, 2002
Strengths: Super light weight!! Cool colors
Weaknesses: very flexy-I have the titanium version
This is the only product on the bike I semi-regret buying. I have the ti version because I am kind of a weight weenie. There just is too much flex in my crank arms. The race face next cranks were on my old fat chance with a generic shimano bottom bracket, they worked awesome-zero flex, super stiff and great looking!! When I purchased my s-works, I had them credit me for the cranks and put the race face on, since the cranks were the old taper square drive, I needed a new bottom bracket so the race face ti was a natural selection. There is now flex in my drivetrain that was not there previous. I weigh only 155 and am not hard on my components. This selection would have to rate as a failure in my opinion.
don't buy this bottom bracket. get an xt level shimano unit. the shimano is cheaper and the bearings seem to be more durable.
it seems that i was at my dealer every few months replacing the bearings in this bottom braket every other month. i am neither a heavy nor an agressive rider, either. i just ride three to four times a week at about two hours per ride, on normal cross country terrain.
although the race face bottom braket is light and stiff, it was not a product i was able to put on my bike and forget about.
three stars based on the product working very well with fresh bearings and the cool factor.
Bike Setup: superlight--race face turbine, xtr, mavic, easton monkey lite, yada yada yada. the thing weighs in at 25.5
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: November 19, 2001
Strengths: Does what it says on the box. My steel B/B has been through loads of mud and water, it has never creaked or moved in the frame. It is still smooth and I am looking to get a titanium version for my new frame. It currently resides on a single speed. Those that have had problems should check the threads in the frame and clean them with the proper workshop tools before installation.
Great B/B that is well sealed and runs smooth for years. I am not very heavy so I haven't encountered any reliability issues on the axle, however I would recommend the steel version for heavier riders. I have been a Race Face fan for years and have encountered no problems with any of their kit
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Cameleon, Race Face Cranks, Hope XC4 brakes, Titec Bars, Kore stem
from Keller, Texas
Date Reviewed: September 10, 2001
Strengths: Very nice, light, strong
Alright.. This is an apology for the last review I did... (Brian-racer form Ft. Worth, Tx.) My bb worked awesome.. then the bearing thing happened.. started creaking, sent it it, no prob, got it back, the bb still felt the same way OUTSIDE of the bike, so I sat and stewed on how "stupid the Customer service guys are at Race Face which is when i wrote that last review.. which really I was the dumb ass. I installed the BB and it is flawless since, Sorry RF Cust. Serv. You guys rock, Awesome service, I forgot the one rule of thumb and ti will never happen again.... SHUT UP AND RIDE!!!!!
a Cross Country Rider
from Brooklyn,New York
Date Reviewed: September 3, 2001
Strengths: Stiff, Light, cool looks
Weaknesses: none yet
This product is excellent. I chucked my stock Shimano BB for this one and don't regret it. Once setup, leave it and forget it. For those of you with slipping BBs check the frame threads (for wear, size, etc., you should know what to look for, if not then ask; it's your bike take care of it) first use a little lok-tite to keep things in place. As for creaks I have none, but properly cleaned and lightly greased (wipe away excess) BB threads on the frame you should have none. If you still hear creaks listen closely it may not be the BB. Check your cranks instead.
Don't try to be a mechanic if you don't know what you are doing. Sometimes following the instructions just isn't enough for some people. Get a friend who really knows what they are doing and can teach you; if you don't what to pay a bike shop. I don't trust them either; I do all my own work (I'd rather break it myself), we all have to learn somehow.
This BB is't for you 180+ or DHers or those of you who don't think twice about taking an 8 foot drop. Their strong and light. Great chainline adjustability and very well lubed out the box. I haven't noticed any extra flex due to the Ti construction. Extra cool feature interchangeable anodized colored cups (got red cups but need blue, then order the blue replacements and vice versa). Red cups are standard on the chomoly and blue on the Ti so you know which is which. I set 5 chilis a flame for this product. Do. your homework.
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