hambini wrote:A lot of people email me about creaking bottom brackets. My top tips:
1. Buy decent bearings, SKF, Timken, INA, NTN, NSK, FAG, Nachi, Koyo. Forget buying FSA ones, they are rebranded junk. I also recommend people follow the cannondale spec and use snap rings and not circlips.
2. You really need to check to see if the bb shell is round and also what dimension it is (45.97 with an ISO bearing). If you put a cack quality bearing in the hole, it might not meet iso tolerances and be slightly undersized thereby creating your creak.
3. Always use retaining compound. If you are using a carbon frame then use activator as well.
4. There is a difference between "loctite" and retaining compound. Commonly loctite is used to refer to threadlock. that is completely different to retaining compound.
The tool you use will not make much difference but the bearing quality will.
I believe there is a shop in NL called Eriks, you should be able to get everything you need from there - it also won't be fake.
thank you for your help hambini, i wil check the dimension of my BB shell tomorrow. i will order retaining compound somewhere (Eriks is for businesses, will be a long searched as 609 isnt sold in the netherlands)
is it possible that i don't have circlips in my frame ? i didn't see them coming out of the shell when i removed the bearings.. and dont see them sitting inside. it kind of looks like it is just a normal cup without circlips. i heard they did that with the carbon version of the cannondale flash