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RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« on: July 03, 2012, 03:25:53 PM »
I've got an '09 Trance X with the X-type BB.  Recently, I started getting a loud CLICK every time my RIGHT foot hits the lower part of the stroke, only when pedaling hard (out of saddle, up-hill)...left foot does not cause it.  I'm going to give the frame bearings/bushings a look since that is a possibility, but it sounds like it could be a BB issue (from what I've read the RaceFace X-type don't last too long).  Has anybody ever replaced these?  If I'm going through the trouble, I am considering ordering a compatible BB from Enduro seals.  Or for half the price, I could just get the enduro bearings alone, but then I would have to tap and press them into my existing BB (never tried it, but I have threaded rods and socket sets for a make-shift press).  Just wondering if from anybody's experience, it would be worth the extra $64 to get the whole BB pre-assembled.  Or if it does turn out to be due for frame bearings, has anybody done the job without the "real" tools and not regretted it?

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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2012, 03:28:48 PM »
Start at the pedals.   I've replaced a BB only to realize that there was a bad bearing in one pedal.
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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2012, 03:35:22 PM »
Amazing how easy it is to over-think things.  I've got some extra pedals I'll try!

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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2012, 05:03:46 PM »
I hope it is your pedals!  It wasn't mine... I have the same click on my Superlight, the same BB, same pedal stroke, etc...  I've torn the entire thing down, greased, lubed, torqued everything.  I didn't replace the BB because it "seemed" OK.  If it's not your pedals, and you replace the BB, let me know if that fixes it.  My next step is to completely tear down another bike and swap everything between them and see if I still have the click... :-\ 
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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2012, 05:37:21 PM »
I have popped out the old bearings on an X type BB and pressed new ones in. It can be done with patience and care with tools you describe, but is easier with a headset or bearing press.
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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012, 07:37:38 PM »
I second Daves comment "Check the Peddles" First

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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2012, 09:53:52 PM »
I am with pedals, bearings and snug in the crank arm; BB bearings; and BB cups in the frame (usually a creak instead).
A click like that could also be a chain ring bolt being loose, or cracked if it is aluminum. Maybe a cable, depending on routing.

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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2012, 03:41:04 AM »
On my commuter it was my aglet smacking the crank arm every revolution. 

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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2012, 06:56:19 AM »
Derailleur cable crimp cap?
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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2012, 08:12:04 AM »
I've had a loose chain ring in the past that made lots of noises.  All bolts were finger loose before I figured it out - scary.


aglet = the plastic thingy on shoe laces.

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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2012, 09:47:53 AM »
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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2012, 08:52:14 AM »
Replaced all the bearings in my Trance frame this past spring when I had it powder coated.  I purchased bolts and washers to match each size bearing in the suspension to make my own bearing press.  Must have cost me at least $2.
 
Used sockets to punch the old ones out.
 

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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2012, 03:27:06 PM »
Nice!  I might save that for a cold-weather project.  The noise seems to have magically worked itself out, tho it keeps getting creeky from time to time (I think a lot of that is in the pedals)

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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2012, 04:09:10 PM »
I talked to a tech recently about chasing down these type of clicks, creaks and squeaks and he said they ran into one in their shop like this that turned out to be a loose bolt on the saddle clamp of the seat post! Makes a bit of sense if ya think about it...
 
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Re: RaceFace X-Type BB replacement
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2012, 04:18:35 PM »
 I would get this weird high pitch noise when I really spun the crank on the road and it drove me to the point of insanity till I realized it was the washer under the water bottle mount bolt. 
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