Monthly Archives: October 2018
If you are reading this you will have probably already come across the numerous posts by various individuals in Internet forums across the web.
The issue of creaking bottom brackets has been blamed on the introduction of pressfit and directfit bottom bracket standards, where bearings either push directly into the bike frame or push into cups which are then pushed into the bike frame.
General guidance varies from taking everything out and regreasing it to installing with extreme measures such as epoxy resin.
Pressfit is not the problem and threaded is certainly not the answer...
The reality is pressfit has nothing to do with creaking. There are many areas of a bike where bearings have a pressfit and there are no problems. For example, wheels, freehubs, pulley wheels and some headsets are pressfit yet they don't generally creak.
The basic reason for the creaking is one of two reasons, either a poor fit or misalignment. Often, the two occur at the