Can you use Dura Ace BB for MegaExo crankset

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
Post Reply
PoorCyclist
Posts: 414
Joined: Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:26 am
Location: California's country side

by PoorCyclist

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?

by Weenie


User avatar
mgordon
Posts: 349
Joined: Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:38 am
Location: TN
Contact:

by mgordon

Nope.

Wookieopolis
Posts: 118
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:28 am
Location: Berkeley, CA

by Wookieopolis

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.

User avatar
mgordon
Posts: 349
Joined: Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:38 am
Location: TN
Contact:

by mgordon

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

RollingGoat
Shop Wrench
Posts: 284
Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:18 am
Location: Boston

by RollingGoat

Talked to FSA, Shimano, and Race Face about this last year. All three can use the same BB.
I'm so rubbish at this.

NGMN
Posts: 1536
Joined: Mon May 30, 2005 7:13 am

by NGMN

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.

clarkson
Posts: 188
Joined: Sat May 07, 2011 12:23 am

by clarkson

I replaced my FSA BB with an ultegra unit which has performed infinitely better. No compatibility problems to report.

rbrtwyn
Posts: 253
Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2004 1:57 pm

by rbrtwyn

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.

daj
Posts: 246
Joined: Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:36 pm

by daj

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):
Image

rbrtwyn
Posts: 253
Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2004 1:57 pm

by rbrtwyn

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.

PSC
Posts: 11
Joined: Mon Jan 15, 2007 9:27 pm

by PSC

I use a Shimano BB with my FSA cranks with no problems and the Shimano BB has much better bearings.

alexalecu
Posts: 44
Joined: Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:13 pm
Location: BC, Canada

by alexalecu

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.

GramStrong
Resident Pro
Posts: 114
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:22 pm

by GramStrong

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

User avatar
journeymonk
Posts: 289
Joined: Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:31 pm
Contact:

by journeymonk

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.)
"Truth is a pathless land." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

6.29 kg and dropping...

http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=89221

by Weenie


maxxevv
Posts: 1952
Joined: Wed Feb 09, 2005 4:51 am

by maxxevv

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.

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post