After a show where I met some people of Token I received a box fool of goodies from them. In that box where not only the T33SL wheels which I will review later, but also one of their Tiramic bottom brackets. What is Tiramic?
I hear you ask. Tiramic is a surface treatment that Token uses to coat the races of the bearings they use. They coat the races of the bearings with titanium. According to their marketing blurb this treatment makes the races harder then normal steel. Normal steel races combined with ceramic balls will wear faster then titanium coated races combined with ceramic balls.Now that we got that out of the way
we can talk about the BB some more. it comes neatly packed with a few spacers and a shim for use with shimano or the Sram/Truvativ GXP system. Since I use a Sram crank I installed the shim in the left cup. since the shim is equipped with an o- ring it stays securely in place.Installing the BB went easy
. screwing something in place isn't that hard. Shimming something out is on the other hand. It took me a few installs and pulling things apart again to make it work properly. In the end I also took out the plastic bearing covers as I felt that they slowed things down as well. In use
things started to creak after a 500 km. The crank was removed and the bb was taken out. The shims needed some grease on them to kill all the sounds. The cranks spin smoothly and the bracket doesn't make its self know. If you ask me that is a good thing for a BB! Enough! We want pictures!
Not much, it is a BB for x sake!
'Tape was made to wrap your GF's gifts, NOT hold a freakin tire on.'