How do you upgrade your upgrade? With ceramic bearings of course. Kogel teased these back in January with an early bird opportunity to test them. Now, thanks to rider feedback and their own extended testing, they’ve refined the design and put them into production. The biggest change is a slight reduction in hole size, and moving the holes closer to center so there’s more material between the teeth. They come as a set for $129.99 and use a 12-tooth upper wheel and 14-tooth lower wheel, with narrow wide teeth to keep everything in line.
If it’s the bottom bracket you’re wanting to improve, you’ve got more options for road and mountain bikes…
Kogel has offered a BSA30 option for running 30mm spindle cranks inside a standard threaded BB frame, and now they’re offering a design that’s more specific for mountain bikes. The new version increases the length of the threaded section so it goes deeper into the frame, allowing a strong connection even if you’re spacing it off the BB shell with a chain guide or bash guard spaced over the BB. They also redesigned the interface to work with a Park Tools BBT-79 or any 12-notch BSA-30 tool.
For other 30mm applications, they’ve seen an increased interest in Praxis and Infocrank solutions, so they’re offering a $15 reducer that integrates the bearing cover on the non-drive side to match the axle’s 30mm to 28mm step down. Current frame compatibility covers PF30, 386EVO, BBRight and Specialized OSBB. BB86 and BB92 will come soon.