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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 3:59 pm 
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I have heard both yes and no for this.

I have heard the 24mm spindle diameter is just slightly different and won't work quietly?

What's is your take on this?


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 4:30 pm 
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Nope.


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 5:32 pm 
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To add a yes to this argument, a friend of mine ran a MegaExo crankset for quite a while with a Dura Ace BB. He thought it worked much better than the MegaExo bb.


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 5:37 pm 
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Heh. Well, I guess there's only one way to find out for sure... But QBP says:

"Due to varying dimensional tolerances between manufacturers, FSA MegaExo bottom brackets are not compatible with any other brand of crankset
Different models of MegaExo bottom brackets are designed to be specific to each model of FSA crankset"

http://www.qbp.com/diagrams/TechInfo/FS ... tchart.pdf


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 5:54 pm 
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Talked to FSA, Shimano, and Race Face about this last year. All three can use the same BB.

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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 6:48 pm 
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Just to add one more experience to this equation, I couldn't fit my Mega Exo crank in a Race Face bottom bracket, but the race face crank fit in a Shimano BB.

It is true that they are supposed to be compatible but in my experiences the tolerances make it a close call.


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 7:05 pm 
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I replaced my FSA BB with an ultegra unit which has performed infinitely better. No compatibility problems to report.


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 7:34 pm 
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Last summer I helped my friend install an Ultegra BB with a FSA crank. The fit was "very" tight. We got it in with the use of a mallet (at my friend's urging, I cringed while doing it) and it has worked fine but the fit is less than ideal. I think it is hit or miss really, sometimes they fit fine, sometimes they need help.


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:18 pm 
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rbrtwyn wrote:
Last summer I helped my friend install an Ultegra BB with a FSA crank. The fit was "very" tight.


Doesn't sound like a BB compatibility issue but rather like a bottom bracket that needs some good facing. Most cheap frames are not faced and will have paint on the outside of the bracket. This prevents the bearings from lining up neatly.

Properly faced bottom bracket (note how metal is showing for the full 360 degrees):
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 8:20 pm 
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Nope, the frame was faced. The FSA spindle is slightly different than Shimano, making it a tight fit. Cheap frames or expensive frames, most don't get faced anymore. This was an expensive frame that was faced, at my urging, by a shop.


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 2:27 am 
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I use a Shimano BB with my FSA cranks with no problems and the Shimano BB has much better bearings.


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 6:57 am 
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rbrtwyn wrote:
Last summer I helped my friend install an Ultegra BB with a FSA crank. The fit was "very" tight. We got it in with the use of a mallet (at my friend's urging, I cringed while doing it) and it has worked fine but the fit is less than ideal. I think it is hit or miss really, sometimes they fit fine, sometimes they need help.

I had the same experience when installing a Dura Ace BB with a FSA Gossamer crank. I had to use the mallet to push the crank spindle through the right bottom bracket dust cover, but it did not take more than a couple of hits.


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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 8:29 am 
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alexalecu wrote:
rbrtwyn wrote:
Last summer I helped my friend install an Ultegra BB with a FSA crank. The fit was "very" tight. We got it in with the use of a mallet (at my friend's urging, I cringed while doing it) and it has worked fine but the fit is less than ideal. I think it is hit or miss really, sometimes they fit fine, sometimes they need help.

I had the same experience when installing a Dura Ace BB with a FSA Gossamer crank. I had to use the mallet to push the crank spindle through the right bottom bracket dust cover, but it did not take more than a couple of hits.


same here- altough in previus time it did work just fine


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 3:18 am 
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I used to be on an FSA SL-K compact (23mm spindle) with a Shimano Dura Ace bottom bracket... smooth as butter!

Dura Ace BBs, I think, can take the 23mm spindles, but not the 24mm (K-Force Light, etc.)

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 7:40 am 
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There are TWO versions of the MegaExo cranksets. One will work with Shimano BB's , the other won't even though they all use the same 24mm axle.

The ones that will work are the lower range Gossamer and Omega cranksets that use the same pinch clamp design as Shimano.

The higher range K-force and SL-K designs use a tension screw to lock onto the spline on the spindle. This requires a metal sleeve that comes with the MegaExo BB's to support this 'compression' inwards behind the bearings. Else you won't get your lock screw tight enough or, you will get it so tight, the BB bearings will cease.

So, do differentiate between the TWO versions of the cranksets before you attempt to swap between Shimano BB's and MegaExo BB's.


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