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Thread: Is it worth getting a Chris King external BB over Shimano?

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    Is it worth getting a Chris King external BB over Shimano?

    Okay so I saw Blakey's new build, and the CK bottom bracket looks super sweet. The question is it a worthy investment, or just a bit of bling? I'll be honest I don't do a lot of wet weather riding with my road bike, and I haven't yet worn out a standard Ultegra Shimano external BB yet.
    It's for a road bike BTW, not CX/MTB.

    So basically a nice bit of kit that looks sweet but is probably not necessary?

    Last edited by oratiohhhhhh; 13-04-2012 at 09:23 AM.
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    I thought it was called touring and you did it on a shitbox Shogun from 1992

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    i'm going to suggest that it is just a bit of bling, AND a worthy investment.

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    i have one. it's good.
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    These things are win/win!
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    Quote Originally Posted by horatio View Post
    So basically a nice bit of kit that looks sweet but is probably not necessary?
    Welcome to the Wonderful World of (insert hobby/interest here), Enjoy your Stay

    the right component will do the job. there's always more desirable things to spend your money on. it comes down to 'can your afford it' and nothing else.
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    But the question is does it do a better job than the standard Shimano product?
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    I thought it was called touring and you did it on a shitbox Shogun from 1992

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    Is tiagra really that bad, are Rapha shoes with yak leather so good, etc etc...

    They all do the same thing that much cheaper parts can do. Do they do the job THAT much better? Unless you've experienced it, who is to know. And who is to care?

    If its matching your ano red headset and hubs I would do it. As a sole part upgrade, unless I had cash to burn, meh. I'm sure the Ultegra BB is fine!

    But it is nice to have nice parts/things. Hence why I didn't buy tiagra lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by horatio View Post
    But the question is does it do a better job than the standard Shimano product?
    does a car made in Japan (Toyota Corolla) get you to your destination better than one made in America (Chrysler C300)? you might feel the more expensive one DOES get you there better, but that's just subjective....

    as per HLC ^^
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    I now feel like getting a Sora BB then

    I was kind of hoping for people who have a CK BB to say either

    "Yeah it has outlasted my last Shimano BB by 2 years..."

    or "My Shimano one lasted just a long"

    You're paying for durability, right?

    The grease purge functionality sounds cool!
    Last edited by oratiohhhhhh; 13-04-2012 at 10:18 AM.
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    I thought it was called touring and you did it on a shitbox Shogun from 1992

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    Are the bearings user serviceable? - if yes then you can say its a sustainability thing

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