Anytime someone says they can improve a pressfit bottom bracket situation, we’re all ears. Sometimes it’s by increasing compatibility between otherwise oil-and-water parts, and sometimes it’s by taking a fresh look at the design and doing things a bit differently.
For the former, Kogel’s new ceramic bearing Shimano/GXP BB30A adapter kit allows owners of the new Cannondale Synapse endurance road bike to retrofit cranks with 24mm spindles. The Synapse’s proprietary BB30A bottom bracket (a wider 73mm version of the BB30) currently only works with Cannondale’s SiSL crank or custom made FSA’s. Thanks to Kogel’s new BB the Synapse’s BB30A will accept Shimano or Rotor 24mm spindles without any adapters, and SRAM 24mm GXP cranks with the addition of a reducer.
For the latter, get a fresh look at outboard bearings below…
The PF30-386 bottom bracket provides an upgrade for PF30 cranksets like the Race Face Cinch cranks, Rotor, Campagnolo Over-Torque and FSA 386 Evo cranks that use a longer than normal spindle. The BB presses into the frame like normal, but moves the bearings outside of the bottom bracket shell to provide the stiffest possible connection between the frame and crank. The wider stance also distributes load better, and should reduce wear and tear on the bearings themselves.
Last up is their new aluminum derailleur pulley wheels, which spin on Kogel’s sealed ceramic road bearings. The bearings are protected by labyrinth seal dust covers making them suitable for daily use, not just on race day. The pulley wheels are compatible with 11-speed Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo derailleurs, but also work for Shimano and SRAM 10-speed setups by adding the supplied washers. Kogels’ first batch sold out quickly, but they expect more to be available by early April.
The company says they’ve seen promising results testing their bearings with professional riders. After a full season of World Cups, Superprestige and Bpost Bank Trofee races on Kogel’s bottom bracket, 9 time British Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman only had to replace one bearing between all four of her race bikes. Prior to this, Kogel says Wyman was replacing generic BB’s almost weekly.
For more information and pricing, check out Kogel Bearings’ website.