Ready for the first National champs race I had to pull the BB off to fit the Chain device for the 1×9 setup. A few creaks from the EBB when putting down the power led me to stip out the EBB too, as I’d read that cleanliness was key to stopping the noise.
The FSA crank was already reluctant to spin, exactly one month of use and 473 miles, thats crap even by external bearing standards. Stripping down it was obvious the external spacer provides no sealing at all, the drive side bearing could not be turned by hand. MEGA EXO indeed.
Prising off the bearing (number 24377-2RS01) seal and spraying with releasant got it moving again, and plenty of grit came out. Dosent look good for winter Singlespeed use. Reassembly with plenty of marine grease between the spacer/cap and bearing might help.
The Phil Wood EBB (R.I.P to the man himself who died this week age 81) saw the light. It’s internally relieved and has two main securing faces, hopefully these align with the clamps.
This fuzzy picture just about shows that the suface has scored whilst its been adjusted. there were some slight highspots on the inside of the EBB clamp. These have now been flattened with wetndry and the EBB fitted to a super clean and greased hole. Sticking with 12NM clampup for now.
The crank tightened up nicer this time, 45NM, but if the ceramic bearings are this poor we could be looking for a better option pretty soon. Wonder if these will suit Wood again, or is FSA’s take on standards another problem. BETD might help Did some digging and found this, oh Cock!
However our popular alloy cranksets, the Gossamer Rd. and the Energy Rd. are compatible with the Chris King bottom bracket (made to Shimano compatible dimensions). These cranks use BB6000, this BB’s dimensions are compatible with Shimano.