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Though not as common as it once was, some high-end Italian bikes, including brands we sell, still use the tried-and-true threaded Italian bottom bracket standard. We've never hidden our preference of threaded shells as we've come to enjoy less creaking and popping as well as easier installs and longevity. So if you've got a bike with an Italian shell and you're looking to drop the drag and enjoy a smoother drivetrain, step up to the ITA Road bottom bracket from CeramicSpeed and enjoy all the benefits that come with reduced friction.
Reducing friction not only saves watts, letting you ride faster with less effort, it helps the component last longer. The Danes at CeramicSpeed are downright obsessive in its quest to reduce friction which is why it offers bottom brackets for almost every standard on the market. And if you loathe friction as much as the crew at CeramicSpeed and want to optimize your bike to go as fast as it can, upgrade your bike with one of its bottom brackets and enjoy reduced friction as well as better resistance to contamination and corrosion.
Compared to steel ball bearings, CeramicSpeed's balls resist corrosion, which is in part responsible for why bearings start to feel gritty as they age as well as causing the bearings to run hotter which reduces the lifespan of the component. CeramicSpeed balls are also much harder than standard steel balls. Apply enough pressure to a steel ball and it will crack under load while under that same load the CeramicSpeed ball won't flinch, maintaining the exact surface finish and roundness which could affect spinning smoothness. Meanwhile, these non-round and rough ball bearings create increased friction and begin to quickly wear down the steel bearing races.
CeramicSpeed is able to achieve such high marks because it uses the highest quality Grade 3 Silicon Nitride for its bearings. Don’t be fooled into thinking that all ceramic bottom brackets bearings on the market are the same. In testing, CeramicSpeed claims its balls are 15% harder, can take 99% higher loads, and are more than 100% smoother than other ceramic balls typically used on the market. Included with the bottom bracket are dustcovers, special grease for maintenance, and a sticker sheet.
- Silky smooth bearings drop the drivetrain's friction
- Fits 24mm spindle Shimano cranks to 70mm Italian-threaded shells
- Ceramic balls are harder, rounder, and resist corrosion vs. steel
- Grade 3 Silicon Nitride ceramic bearings offer smoother spinning
- Aluminum with anodized black finish house the ceramic bearings
- Enjoy the same friction fighting the pros count on
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