Truvativ Giga Pipe SL Bottom Bracket

1.22/5 (9 Reviews)
Weight : 230 grams MSRP : $109.00


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Product Description

  • Giga Pipe spindle: Bigger is better
  • Super stiff for maximum power transfer
  • Precision full-complement sealed cartridge bearings
  • CNC'd ISIS Drive interface and alloy cups
  • All models 68 or 73mm BB-shell / 113 or 118mm spindle width


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gnagman from Sweden

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2006

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Lasted just one year, about 4000 km. Developed play and the bearing was in pieaces.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy it!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Newfoundland, Can

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2005

Strengths:    Early on it was smooth, somewhat strong

Weaknesses:    For the replacement price it wears out way too quick

Bottom Line:   
Just back from my local bike shop to have minor play in bottom bracket/crank arms checked out. While not serious yet, the play in bracket cannot be removed and I expect this bottom bracket to wear quickly, according to the shop. I may have 500 kms on this bike. Very hard to accept that a semi high end product can wear so quick from light riding. Shop suggested to replace with the DH model. In our area they are proving to last longer but are heavier. The sl is not a good long term product! If you are buying a bike with this bottom bracket speced, I would suggest changing it before leaving the shop!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   stock

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Norco Torch, some upgrades

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mike Rittig a Weekend Warrior from Midlands UK

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2005

Strengths:    absolutely none.

Weaknesses:    Frozen butter has more strength than this BB. Total crap. Must be the worst BB on the planet. Shame I can't give it less than 1 chili.

Bottom Line:   
I went through two of this pieces of sh** in four months. Fortunately, my LBS finally agreed to replace it with the DH version under warranty - many thanks to Leasure Lakes.

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Favorite Trail:   Roman Roads in the Peak District

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with the bike

Similar Products Used:   Gigapipe DH - perfect so far.

Bike Setup:   Jekyll 800 with freeride upgrades

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jonas Neeser a Cross Country Rider from Pocatello, Idaho USA

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2005

Strengths:    Light, easy to install

Weaknesses:    Develops play

Bottom Line:   
The Truvativ Gigapipe SL bottom bracket quickly develops play. Plan on replacing it every year or two.

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Favorite Trail:   Katsilometes

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:   on-line at JensenUSA

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race Light (same bottom bracket, different decal)

Bike Setup:   2002 Trek Fuel 100

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ugur a Cross Country Rider from Turkey

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2005

Strengths:    just a regular BB

Weaknesses:    it started to play in month and became worse later.

Bottom Line:   

I ride light cross-country and race. I prefered the SL one that it should be stronger than the titanium ones however as written here it started to play in a month and became a garbage. I don't recommend this product to anybody.

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Favorite Trail:   METU

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   First ISIS type I've ever used

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic, Sram X.0s, Fox F80RLT, Mavic 819 with ChrisKing, Truvativ Stylo Team cranks...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Nowy Sacz, Poland

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2005

Strengths:    Stiff when it works...

Weaknesses:    Total disaster... Tragedy... Less than 500miles and it fits garbage can better than my frame...

Bottom Line:   
Waste of money...

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Donal a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2005

Strengths:    Fairly stiff.

Weaknesses:    Wears out in no time - less than 100 miles!

Bottom Line:   
Crap sealing, or Truvativ must be using some patented mud-like grease for a lubricant. Very disappointing compared to Truvativ's excellent chainsets.

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Favorite Trail:   Glen Tilt

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT tapered - lasted for ages.


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tom a Racer from Philly

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2004

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    They wear out really fast.

Bottom Line:   
This was the first isis bb I had ever purchased, and did not know about the bearing issues. When it started to develope play in like a month, I came here and saw all the bad reveiws on isis. I wish I had came here first.

The dh version I own came stock on my gemini and I've never had a problem with it, so I figured why not get another one. Must be the extra bearings, I gotta hand it to c'dale for specking a good bb.

If you must run isis, don't get anything less than a dh version. Although they are heavier, the ones with less bearings don't last.

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Favorite Trail:   Wissahickon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   wheel right

Similar Products Used:   I have a dh version in another bike that has held up for a year and a half now.

Bike Setup:   This is in my xc bike. I weigh 185. Ride and race very aggressively.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gavin a Racer from Squamish, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2004

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    It lasted only 5 months!

Bottom Line:   
Dont Get This, Its Junk, It only Lasted 5 Months then it developed play and grinding bearings, after 7 months it felt like my crank had come loose cuz the play was so bad.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Stock On My Bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Square, Gigapipe TeamSL

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Sugar 2+ Disk.

Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

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