BB386EVO to Shimano Racing Edition (Black) Bottom Bracket

(14 customer reviews)

£195.00 (£234.00 inc VAT)

This bottom bracket is designed to interface a Shimano 24mm Hollowtech 2 Crankset (Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace) with a bike frame that uses a BB386EVO Bottom Bracket (46mm Nominal Inside Diameter X 86.5mm Wide).

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This bottom bracket is designed to interface a Shimano 24mm Hollowtech 2 Crankset (Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace) with a bike frame that uses a BB386EVO Bottom Bracket (46mm Nominal Inside Diameter X 86.5mm Wide).

  • Hambini Proprietary heat treated alloy, >20% stiffer than standard supply
  • Aerospace tolerances, guarantee a no slop fit with good retention
  • One Piece design is inherently creak free
  • NTN/NSK ultra low friction bearings
  • No Hammers to install or remove
  • Fully serviceable Design, the bearings are designed to be replaced quickly and easily
  • 1 year warranty on the bottom bracket body
  • Supplied with fitting adaptors, a press or studbar in M12 size will be required
  • All Hambini one piece bottom brackets require obstruction free access to your bottom bracket shell Click Here for Bike Specific Application Guide

Hambini Bottom Brackets are amongst the lowest friction bottom brackets in the world. They are used by recreational cyclists, road racers, triathletes and time trialists from around the globe. They are of proven design and are manufactured to Aerospace tolerances using Aerospace materials by an Aerospace Engineer.

These units are of a one piece construction which makes them inherently resistant to creak, they will maintain perfect bearing alignment and function under loads in excess of 4000W.

All Hambini bottom brackets can be installed and removed with a conventional bearing press, they use a controlled method of installation using the recommended fitting adaptors, they require no hammers or specialized tooling for removal. Additionally, the wearing component – the bearings – can be removed and serviced in situ. Essentially the bottom bracket has been designed to be fully rebuildable

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Spin Test

Spin tests are not good measures of friction as the bearings are unloaded but this video highlights the benefit of good bearing alignment on friction and bearing life. This particular bottom bracket had completed 10,000km.

Comparative Friction

The graphs below show how Hambini bottom brackets perform in comparison to the bottom brackets of other manufacturers

The test conditions model real world cycling and more importantly mimics realistic frame tolerances. All of these tests have been conducted with an eccentricity of 0.1mm which is generally the maximum permitted in frame specifications – the reality is tolerances have been known to be much worse than this.

Misalignment is more critical to friction than the type of bearing ball material, a slight misalignment can easily outweigh the difference between a top of the range NTN bearing and a mediocre ebay no name bearing. The results show that bottom brackets which have an element of structural linkage between the drive and non-drive sides (one piece/threaded etc) perform much better than those which are multi piece.

Average Power Consumption - Hambini, CeramicSpeed, Kogel, Praxis

The high torque and low RPM of pedalling causes high Hertzian contact stressing on bearing surfaces which cause friction levels to change over time. Those bottom brackets which have used ceramic bearings, start off with fairly low levels of friction but over time their friction increases dramatically. The super hard ceramic balls grind a track into the comparatively soft bearing races causing friction to increase. This would be analogous to trying to drive a locomotive train on a road, the wheels would cut grooves into the road surface due to the huge difference in surface hardness.

A Hambini BB is a one piece bottom bracket. It actively contributes to the stiffness of the bike’s pedalling platform. Threaded and multi piece bottom brackets have an element of play in their design so they do not contribute anywhere near a comparative level of stiffness. Reviewers of Hambini BB’s often comment on their feeling of improved stiffness, this is due to them being one piece and undergoing a proprietary heat treatment process. This makes them stronger and stiffer. This is a difference the end user cannot see – but they can feel.

Bottom Bracket Stiffness Comparison Hambini, CeramicSpeed, Kogel, Praxis


For installation, you will require a bottom bracket press or a piece of M12 studbar and some nuts. A video showing the method of installation is linked below, the picture and text installation guide is available here


For removal, you will require a bottom bracket press or a piece of M12 studbar and some nuts. A video showing the method of removal is linked below


Hambini Bottom brackets are designed so you can service the wearing component (the bearings) quickly and easily. The bottom bracket service procedure is shown below

Design Process

The process through which Hambini Bottom Brackets are designed is shown in the video below

Frequently Asked Questions

I have rounded up some of the most frequently asked questions that I get asked and put them in the list below

Q. Why are Hambini Bottom Brackets more expensive than everybody else?</strong >

A. Hambini Bottom Brackets are made in the UK where costs are considerably higher than the far east. Additionally as a private individual, I do not have the economies of scale that contract manufacturing companies are able to obtain.

Q. What is the difference between a Hambini Bottom Bracket and a mass market bottom bracket?</strong >

A. From a technical perspective, mass market bottom brackets are made to poorer tolerances and are therefore more likely to creak or result in poor bearing life. They are also designed to look aesthetically pleasing but compromise on areas which you cannot see (such as the fits, bearings and heat treatement). Hambini Bottom brackets are completely machined as opposed to moulded (Shimano/SRAM/Plastic). The Hambini Bottom Bracket tolerances are typically 10x tighter than Shimano/SRAM/Rotor/RaceFace/Token. Mass market bottom brackets often use poor quality bearings from the far east to maximise their margin. As an example, the bearings on Hambini Bottom Brackets (which are typically NTN) cost more than an entire bottom bracket from RaceFace/Token/SRAM.

Q. Why don’t you use Ceramic Bearings?

A. I have found ceramic bearings to have poor performance in bicycle applications. The ceramic bearings are not 100% ceramic, they are hybrid. A Hybrid bearing consists of ceramic balls sandwiched between a steel innner and outer race. The ceramic balls have a tendency to cut a groove into the steel and this results in poorer performance after only a few 100km. The majority of friction (>80%) in a bearing comes from the seal, grease and cage type. The ceramic balls make up a small fraction of the friction and have the negative effect of rapid bearing degradation. These are the main reasons I do not supply bottom brackets with ceramic bearings

Q. What is the difference between the Racing editions and the standard units?</strong >

A. The Racing Bottom brackets are made with superior materials, they are stiffer and slightly lighter. Racing bottom brackets are equipped wih low friction bearings. Racing bottom brackets have approximately 20 percent less friction than Classic units. The total friction is very small and would be difficult to notice when riding but nonetheless there is a measurable difference

Q. How long will the bearings last?

A. I cannot place a life on the bearings as life is largely dictated by the conditions they are subjected to. Having high loadings will increase their rate of wear as will riding in wet conditions. The bearings in all Hambini Bottom brackets are branded and meet minimum ISO standards so they are the best that are commercially available. Typical usage will be somewhere in the region of 2000km to 10,000km. As an example, those who watch my youtube channel will know my fastidious maintenance schedule which consists of weekly jet washing – I change the bearings twice a year, ie 8000km between changes. Due to the low speeds involved keeping them clean is more important than keeping them greased.

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14 reviews for BB386EVO to Shimano Racing Edition (Black) Bottom Bracket

  1. BB927

    The upgrade from FSA PF30 cups to this is so noticeable, it feels like a different bike. My crank hardly used to spin on the old BB, on this it spins like butter. Hambini is super helpful. I will be honest, I was expecting some psychotic maniac after I watched the roasting from his Youtube videos but far from it. Polite and friendly emails. Super helpful. I would recommend in a flash.

  2. Stan

    Get the best and give the rest the Hambini finger! Precision made candy for your ride. NTN Super Precision feel as smooth as any top ceramic.

  3. John C.

  4. Ognen

    Thank you Hambini!
    This is my second Hambini bottom bracket that I have bought, the first one being PF30 to Shimano Classic, years ago – still running perfect.
    After I installed the BB386EVO to Shimano Racing Edition and tested it, I can only say a HUGE THANK YOU HAMBINI!

    My search for the best BB has been fulfilled.

  5. Dave

    Very happy with my bottom bracket and the service received from Hambini. Installed the bracket on the weekend without issue. My bike rides super smooth. Who knew one part could make such a difference on a bike!

  6. Richard K.

    I recieved my BB very quickly after placing the order even in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown.

    Once you have it in your hands you can see the finish is very high quality and it looks very robust.

    My local bike shop fitted the BB after watching the Hambini fitting video and said it was very straight forward and went in with no issues.

    To ride, the BB spins smoothly and is solid, no creaks of any kind. I switched from a SRAM Force groupset to Shimano GRX, paired with this BB it is definately supperia.

    I’m a convert and will always go with a Hambini BB in future bikes. You get what you pay for, a quality product.

  7. Derek Ody

    A masterclass in engineering, the reduction in friction is ridiculous.

  8. Steve Ashton

    Just brilliant as usual.

  9. Chi

    Just as advertised! Easy installation. Made bottom bracket area extremely stiff and creak free. Use on Orbea Urdu with Shimano dura ace crank

  10. Trevor

    The gold standard of craftsmanship and quality. The smoothest bearings I have ever seen. Crank spins EFFORTLESSLY for DAYS. worth every penny.

  11. Benjamin Grass

    Great prompt service. Finally fixed the creaking on my Open, which occurred even with thread-together BB.

  12. Matthew Hughes

    Excellent service, from my initial enquiry Hambini responded very quickly with the advice and guidance needed. Thank you.

  13. Sean F.

  14. steve howlett

    Couldn’t be happier.i fitted this to a chinese carbon frame and expected some issues.fitted in about 10 minutes and haven’t had any problems at all..

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