Hambini Bottom Bracket Installation
This guide takes you through the fitting process of a Hambini Bottom Bracket. It supplements a video guide which is available below. I recommend you familiarize yourself with both before purchasing a Hambini Bottom Bracket. If you have any questions, please e-mail me and I will be on hand to answer any questions. email@example.com
- Shimano - no issues, all hambini BB's are a direct drop in for Shimano Hollowtech 2 systems.
- BB30 Extended / BB386 - Hambini BB's place the bearings at a nominal 90mm spacing. If your axle length is shorter than this, it will not work. Hambini BB30 extended BB's ARE NOT SUPPLIED WITH SHIMS. You may need some BB30 shims to take up any free play. It is impossible for this guide to cover every incarnation of BB30 and BB30 extended as there are many variations in the marketplace.
- SRAM GXP - Hambini BB's use a two bearing floating system as opposed to the OEM SRAM system of having the non drive side bearing fixed. SRAM used a fixed Non drive End bearing to avoid a Shimano patent infrignement. To allow for the floating nature, Hambini BB's require preload to be adjusted by shimming. The crankset should be installed so there is just enough tightness on the crank axle bolt to prevent any play. Overtightening will destroy the bearings. Two methods of installing a Hambini BB in GXP systems are shown below. The first does not use a wave washer and is the preferred method used by a number of racing teams. This does require more frequent maintenance as the preload shims have to be adjusted as the bearing clearance increases. The second method functions like most standard bottom bracket/crankset combinations, both bearings are restrained in one direction, preload is by means of a wave washer. Please note Hambini GXP Bottom Brackets ARE NOT SUPPLIED WITH A WAVE WASHER
The video below shows you how to install a Hambini Bottom Bracket, there are some subtle differences between each bottom bracket depending on the application but the overall principle remains the same
All Hambini Bottom Brackets press in from the drive side (chain side) of the bike frame. They are designed in this way to maintain an accurate chainline that is within manufacturer (Shimano, SRAM etc) tolerances. The following need to be observed:
- Bottom Bracket hole needs to be free of obstructions, usual obstructions are Di2 wires and bolts holding cable guides
- The fitting tools that come with Hambini BB's are designed to be used with M12 studbar or presses. M12 or 1/2" studbar and nuts is acceptable, a press makes the job easier. Note: Park Tools professional press is approximately 16mm in Diameter and would require the Hambini adaptors to be drilled.
- Usual respect of wearing safety equipment applies.
- Any double lipped bottom bracket holes are unsuitable, this is usually only older model BB86 bike frames that have this issue, BB30/BB30A/PF30/PF30A/BBright usually meet this requirement. The picture below shows a double lipped bottom bracket, note the lip approximately 10mm into the bottom bracket shell
Mechanical Overview and replacement parts
All Hambini Bottom brackets have the same mechanical methodology. They consist of a one piece sleeve that is made of aluminium or a proprietary alloy, a pair of bearings and delrin spacers/sleeves. The bottom brackets use standard sized bearings which are designed to be replaced as and when they wear out. The bearings that are used are shown in the table below. The choice of bearing is dictated by the bottom bracket shell and not the crankset
|Bottom Bracket Type||BB30||BB30A||PF30||PF30A||BBright||BB386||BB386 EVO||BB86 / PF86|
If you have a custom hambini bottom bracket, please contact me and I will advise
It is highly recommended that the crankset is tried in the bottom bracket cartridge before the cartridge is inserted into the bike frame. Any issues with shimming can be identified at this stage rather than when the cartridge is in the bike frame.
- Make sure any Di2 wires, front mech cables and brake cables will not impinge on the installation of the Hambini Bottom Bracket. You should be able to see straight through the hole.
- Prepare the frame by making sure all old adhesive has been removed and the surfaces are clean. Spray with cleaner and give it a thorough wiping.
- Assemble the installation tools as shown in the drawing below. The method of insertion can be a press or M12 studbar/nuts is also acceptable. It is very important to ensure the drive side fitting adaptor is pressing against a bearing and not a sleeve. If a sleeve is installed remove it. By default Hambini Bottom Brackets are sent out with the drive side sleeve removed. On some bottom brackets (usually those designed for a 30mm axle) there is no sleeve.
- Bottom bracket shells are usually tapered, the edges of the bottom bracket are tigher than the insides, when the bottom bracket gets passed the first location landing, the press will go slack (this is normal)
- During installation, there may be some creaks or popping heard (especially on carbon frames), this is normal and is a function of the interference fit.
- Once the bottom bracket is ready to be pressed to locate on both landings, it is advisable to use retaining compound. On carbon frames, the use of Activator is required otherwise the retaining compound will not stick. (Loctite activator 7649, Loctite Medium Strength retaining compound 641). On the drive side, the retaining compound can be put directly on to the bottom bracket. On the non drive side, the retaining compound will need to be applied with a finger.
- Press the bottom bracket in until the drive side flange is flush with the bike frame. Ideally a check with a feeler gauge should be performed but a visual inspection is usually sufficient
- install delrin sleeves/spacers as appropriate (application specific)
- Reinstall Crankset