I have and still do avoid any press fit BB on a bike due to all the creaking issues I have been warned about by others. Noises like that drive me crazy.
Thought it would be interesting to see folks personal experiences with Press fit vs threaded
Pick as many as you have experience with and list length of ownership in miles or years for each
Comment with as much description of your issues and exact type/s of BB's as you like
Mainly because they all add back all the weight that the original BB design was trying to save… or a better way of saying it the bike manufacture and you would have been better of with an threaded bb.
PS my bbright with campy Over-Torque no creeking 4,000miles.... manny many wasted hours and $$$$ with Ultra-Torque creeking never solved.
Sram Force: Had much noise until abandoned wave washer and used "precise shim" method and loctite 609. Then silent for 3 years.
Sram Red 22: No noise using Sram's locking collar. 2 years.
Same bike and bearings throughout.
For awhile I ran the same BB30 bike with a GXP crank and Wheels Manufacturing Delrin adapters: worked fine, no noise.
Numerous other bikes with BSA threaded system (Loose ball, Hollowtech, Race Face, Sram GXP, UN51) None ever had any significant noise except as clearly coming from dirty bearings and fixed by normal bearing cleaning/greasing..
BB30 with campy ultra-torque cups (chorus crankset), this is the configuration i have now, silent for ~ 9 months/6500km
I was little bit afraid when i was changing the cups that it will lead to creaks in the future, i didn't apply any loctite when i installed them. Part of my success could be, that i didn't have any professional tools when i removed the power-torque cups, so i managed to scratch the inside of the aluminum BB shell little bit - maybe exactly that helped to create an additional friction for the new pressed ultra-torque cups, so they are absolutely silent with no movement now.
also, while the title says "pressfit vs threaded", i see no threaded options, and i've certainly heard creaking and other noises from threaded bb bikes, so we better add confirmation bias too
anyway, bb30, since 2010, 30-40,000 km, no creaking, currently on second set of bearings, cinelli know how to do bb30 right
By contrast, my previous experience with threaded BBs was fraught with creaking and annoyance, moving through a Tange Seiki square taper, Shimano Square taper, FSA MegaExo and Shimano Hollowtech. It was never difficult to fix (unscrew, clean, grease, reinstall) but it was bloody irritating.
Ebruner wrote:All my BSA are silent with Campagnolo Cups. I have 2 BB30 frames, with Praxis Campagnolo adaptors that are silent as well. Just say no to Press fit.
All my press-fit are silent and my BSA occasionally makes noise that requires servicing. BB30 is different to BB86.
You can't make generalisations about press-fit and certainly not any that that simply imply ‘press-fit is bad’.
Back to the original poll: keep the votes coming in. This is interesting.
If you’ve had a creaking BB and fixed it, feel free to share the solution.
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