BB86 to Shimano Racing Edition (Silver) Bottom Bracket

(19 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 BB86 Bottom Bracket (41mm 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 BB86 Bottom Bracket (41mm 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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19 reviews for BB86 to Shimano Racing Edition (Silver) Bottom Bracket

  1. Anonymous

    top quality, beautiful part, very well finished
    too bad you can’t see it when it is assembled in the bike

    what was annoying is the long delivery time (not Hambini’s fault)
    and an additional 80 euros import cost (also not to blame on Hambini)

  2. Khalid AL muhairi

    No comments best quality of Bb’s

  3. Edmund W.

    Excellent BB designed, the ride quality has improved tremendously!

  4. Michael P.

    After watching some Hambini vids it dawned on me that I might be a victim of a bad BB. Eventually I decided to risk the money and get a BB from the famous 5 year old. It was a good choice. The difference is quite noticeable and I am very pleased how easily the crank turns now.

  5. Robert

    Excellent quality product and service.

  6. Rob C

    I installed this in my 2018 Canyon Aeroad cf slx a few weeks ago. Installation was simple. It went in smooth and firm and has so far performed faultlessly. I can’t say I can detect much additional stiffness as some other reviewers do, although I’m certain it is. A good BB is one you don’t think about, it just sits there and does its job. This is creak free so far and I have a feeling it will be for a long time. But the real test will be long-term. It is expensive but it is well engineered and should out last the frame. Bearings are top quality and easy to change by the look of it. Hambini was very quick to answer my questions and very helpful. If you want the best, don’t hesitate to buy.

  7. Ronnie

    Hambini Products are of the highest quality, and Engineering. And the service and support are excellent.

  8. Mark Wood

    What an amazing piece of kit. Looks and feels too good to be hidden away inside the frame. Easy to fit and when I did a spin test the cranks went around with so much ease.

  9. Pawel Niewiadomy

    This is my second bottom bracket from Hambini. This time I went for racing version. As always customer service and communication is second to none! BB itself is a piece of art. Highly recommended!!!

  10. René

  11. Douglas Z.

    Very good experience with Hambini. Listened to my needs and crafted a custom bottom bracket that is outstanding. Very patient with my questions (I’m not that sophisticated engineering-wise) and responded quickly despite the massive time difference. The quality is incredible.

  12. danny w.

    World class quality and truly excellent communication and service. Spins like no other bottom bracket I’ve ever used.

  13. Kirill K.

  14. Philip

  15. Robert Carlson

    Fits well and does what it says on the tin. All of my bottom bracket problems have since gone.

  16. Jens H

    Very good piece of kit. This is a quality item and you will know it as soon as you pick it up. It fitted well, I used some M12 studding and a couple of nuts. Riding on it is fantastic. THERE IS ZERO FLEX in the base of the bike. I thought the frame was stiff before but now the torsional stiffness is rock solid. I have won 3 local crit races since getting this after being dogged by poor bearing life. Fantastic.

  17. Andreu

    Hambini is quite a character. His YT channel is totally crazy, full of expletives and doesn’t hold back. In contrast, his email exchanges are totally professional, you would think you were talking to someone else! This bottom bracket is beautiful. It’s fit to go on display in a museum. So well engineered and arrives in a brown box with no logo or anything. Riding on it is a game changer. There is zero flex and the feel when going up hill can only be described when you ride it back to back with a stock Shimano. Totally different. I was initially put off by the expense but that was long ago. I would nto ride on anything else.

  18. Miles Harrison

    First, bad points – it’s expensive and is forever out of stock. about 20g heavier than a stock Shimano BB Good points – Incredibly stiff, power transfer has no lag, it is immediate. There is no flex. This has been made by someone at the top of their game. Top tip: I had trouble buying one so I emailed Hambini and he was kind enough to make one up for me so I avoided the purchasing bun fight

  19. Brobert

    If you want the best and it works with your bike frame this is the bottom bracket to use should be a standard. Incredibly stiff a little heavier but we are talking grams in an area that demands strength so you don’t want something that light anyway. Hambini was the best nice and quick responsive to work with me despite several attempts of my bottom bracket not working which was all my fault anyway just miss calculated. He finally made me a custom one which I got installed and it’s one of those sayings once you use a Hambini bottom bracket you will never go back. I have a BMC roadmachine which has an HRD line running through the shell I simply pulled the line installed the bracket and re installed the line and re bled the brakes not a big deal for something this good. Thanks again for your help!

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