Shimano LX Bottom Bracket Bottom Bracket

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Shimano LX Bottom Bracket


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lauren a Cross Country Rider from long beach, ca

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2007

Strengths:    still working after 12 years

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
lasts a really long time. came on a '95 cannondale. in '03 i moved it to a new hardtail frame. now moving it to a new fs frame. other than a bit of corrosion on the shell, still works great. maybe it's heavy compared to newer models, but i'm not a weight weenie.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Marty a Weekend Warrior from Canada, NB

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2004

Strengths:    durable, affordable, worry free..

Weaknesses:    heavier then xt??? looks shiny.. too bad you hafta hide it

Bottom Line:   
after 3 years.. still going strong.. not many other components on my bike lasted this long.. im impressed with durability.. creaks after water crossings once in a while
overall its a good product not a great one.. then again its a good price.. not a huge one!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   ummm.. other cheaper heavier not as good BB's

Bike Setup:   this n that its an oldie but a goodie

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Connor a Weekend Warrior from Denver, CO USA

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2004

Strengths:    Reliability.

Weaknesses:    None. ?Weight.

Bottom Line:   
This is for the stock UN-51/52 bottom bracket delivered with my bike in 1996. Not really relevant now with newer splined/ISIS cranks but instructive. Other than removing it every other year to inspect and regrease the housing threads, no maintenance at all despite daily use commuting to work in rain/snow/heat, road biking on slicks and mountain biking in Colorado and Moab innumerable times. I keep waiting to replace it after 5900 miles of use but it just keeps on smoothly trucking, like the LX 5-arm crank it's attached to. It may not be the lightest and is old square taper technology, but it is hard to imagine a better price-to-performance product out there.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   Trek 970 cromo hardtail, Z2 Atom 80, front Avid mech disk, Rolf Urracco/Mavic 717 wheels.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Eyal a Cross Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

Strengths:    It looks like a crank !! (for a reasonable price)

Weaknesses:    But it not!

Bottom Line:   
The middle chainring died after 300 miles on single tracks

So flex, the drive train would have to "choos" what chainring it wants when putting force on it.

Shifting even on normal conditions is bad and noisy.
No durabilty what so ever

I do ride aggressive but not free ride!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   at some www...

Similar Products Used:   Deor02 Bontrager01

Bike Setup:   S.C heckler, manitou Sherman fork, F$@imano B.B.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob from exeter

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2003

Strengths:    pretty strong (as far as i can tell)
smooth bearings
creak free
cheap


Weaknesses:    heavy

Bottom Line:   
dunno why every one has been saying how cr*p these are, i havent broken one yet and have hit it very hard and it has outlived lots of pairs of cranks.
has survived lots of messed up gaps landing on the bashring. the sorta landings that bend bashrings and spiders, yet the bearings and axle still run smooth as ever.
doesnt look pretty but you cant see it. heavyer than its hollow higher ranger counter parts but from other trials riders use of hollow BB's i'll stick with LX. untill i ride smoother that is!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   other cheaper shimano BB's

Bike Setup:   trials

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Baube a Weekend Warrior from Baie-Comeau

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2002

Strengths:    though, easy to install

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
i've made some five foot gap and nothing broke even my rims(stock rigida) and the bb is still performing like it was just came out of the shop.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:    spinsport www.spinsport.qc.ca

Similar Products Used:   stock bearing and shaft


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Eder Giovani Savio a Downhiller from Florianópolis - Brazil

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2002

Strengths:    Just the name Shimano LX, but name don't get my money.

Weaknesses:    Squeak, flabby. It is very weak. Deore LX is weak like Deore and Alivio. Three craps!

Bottom Line:   
I don't understand. My old hard-tail specialized has a bb Altus about six year and never had troble. In others full bikes I had Alivio, Deore and Deore LX. All broke after three months. I don't know if a buy XT or Altus... I'm thinking about another brand...

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Favorite Trail:   Três Pedras - Nova Veneza/SC - Brazil

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Deore, Altus, Alivio.

Bike Setup:   Haro MX2 7" rear travel. Mozo Delta 5". Specialized Dh tires, Tektro Gemini disc-brakes, Big-Boy Sadle, XT, LX, STX.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fluffy a Cross Country Rider from Belgium

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2002

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Weight

Bottom Line:   
I've used this BB on my XC bike for about 3 years. Never had any problems with it. There was a little play in it recently, so I replaced it with a new one.
To all the people that claim to have snapped 3 or more: stop buying them!! Get something stronger!!!
If you're a DH racer: get XTR and expect it to break!
If you're a freerider: get On One crancks + BB
If you're a XC-racer: get XTR
If you're a XC-rider: get an LX and replace it after a few years...

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   XTR, On One, STX, Alivio


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Greg a Downhiller from Bay Area, CA

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2002

Strengths:    Cheap, easy to install.

Weaknesses:    BREAKS OFF ANYTHING. BROKE OFF A 4 FOOT DROP. WORTHLESS, USELESS PIECE OF CRAP. I COULD PROBABLY MAKE A BETTER BB MYSELF WITH 2 BEARINGS AND A PAPERCLIP FOR THE AXLE.

Bottom Line:   
Well, if you are an idiot and like breaking BB's then get this. I know that they are cheap, but if you keep breaking them, then htye get expensive after awhile. I've gone trhough 3 of them so far and fianlly got an XT BB and its much better. Save your money now and get an XT- It'll last longer and save you more in the long run.

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Favorite Trail:   Northstar @ Tahoe

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   XT BB, much better.

Bike Setup:   Giant ATX, RaceFace cranks, Stratos blah blah.....

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Gaz a Cross Country Rider from England

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2002

Strengths:    cheap

Weaknesses:    heavy, resin cup is kind of crappy

Bottom Line:   
This thing wieghs half the wieght of my ride. Too cheap I think, this bb has only lasted 1000 miles before it packed in. makes so much noise it scares the wildlife. I am getting the xt version in the hope of a bit more quality.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   cheesy stock bb that came with bike

Bike Setup:   Hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Johnny C. a Weekend Warrior from Christchurch, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2002

Strengths:    Hard to say with a bb, but it works and hasnt broken after several 5 foot drops to flat concrete

Weaknesses:    none so far, although ive heard heaps of bad reviews for this bb, i havent had any trouble.

Bottom Line:   
this is a good bb and has lasted much longer than the stock one, which i broke three of takes hard drops, good buy very cheap

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Favorite Trail:   Lava Flow

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $23.00

Purchased At:   Penny Sport Cycles

Similar Products Used:   stcok wheeler

Bike Setup:   Wheeler hardtail

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by kalyn no a Weekend Warrior from nanaimo

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2001

Strengths:    not many, if you want a bb that likes to snap off 8 ft drops or bigger, buy this bb!!!!. broke 4 of em!!! and 1 xt bb

Weaknesses:    everything, they bend off 5 fters and snap off 8 and cut your leg to heck!! if you want 8 stiches in you calf buy this bb!!

Bottom Line:   
if you like to cut your legs open and sack yourself eevery time you do a drop then buy it cause its cheep as crap!

Shimano needs to go suck themselfs!! and do everyone a favor and throw there bb away!!

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Favorite Trail:   big hits

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $34.00

Purchased At:   the realm

Similar Products Used:   shimano!! xt broke it off a 5 ftr no better!!

Bike Setup:   norco vps buzz (kooka cranks)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Philip Collins from Southampton, England

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2001

Strengths:    good design cheap price

Weaknesses:    Some prducta have dodgy bearings than never set as a result of this i have been through about 6 in two years.

Bottom Line:   
good cheap bb, but if you do jumps or anything that involves landing hard on them then buy a different one, i only had to go a few foot high out of a bombhole in my local jumps and much to my surprise the axel snapped, much to my local bike shops disbelief as he thought you caouldent snap them, so if you are a town rider looking for a smooth bb then this one will do but if you intend doing some big jumps with big hits the get a much stroger one maybe try hope, or raceface

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Favorite Trail:   Stoke Woods

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Peter Hansfords

Bike Setup:   Viper F14 frame, Deore/XT groupset

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Derek a Cross Country Rider from Springfield, SC

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2001

Strengths:    It goes around when you Pedal

Weaknesses:    Heavy
Has a plastic holder


Bottom Line:   
I pulled the BB to clean the bike and when I went to put it back in I was screwing in the support ring on left side and the thing came apart. I was using a torque wrench. I had no other problems with it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   XT

Bike Setup:   Trek 8000 with XT components

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a monty a Weekend Warrior from yorkshire England

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2001

Strengths:    Costed me s0d all. replacement for the rubbish fitted on my scott timber under 1 year old warrenty

Weaknesses:    time taken to fit by shop

Bottom Line:   
At £0.00 i cant complain

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Favorite Trail:   owt

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   scott F.O.C.

Similar Products Used:   sh1t fitted orriginally

Bike Setup:   scott timber custom

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