#1.Shimano BB-UN26 Bottom Bracket
If you are looking for the best bottom bracket, the Shimano BB-UN26 is the way to go. This bottom bracket has very smooth action and is very durable compared to some of the other brands. And at the current retail suggested price, it offers you the best performance to price ratio.
Best Bottom Bracket
- #1.Shimano BB-UN26 Bottom Bracket
- #2.Truvativ SRAM GXP Team Bottom Bracket
- #3.Origin8 Torqlite Square Taper Bottom Bracket
- #4.Sunlite Square Bottom Bracket
- #5.Shimano XTR SM-BB93 English Bottom Bracket
#1.Shimano BB-UN26 Bottom Bracket
When it comes to the best bottom bracket, we have to give it up for the Shimano BB-UN26. It features a square taper interface, with sealed no service bearings and a high quality spindle. This pretty much means that the shimano is maintenance free for years to come. So overall, we would say that these are great bang for the buck and the cheaper alternative to the UNBB55.
And with the proper tools, you can easily install this yourself as long as you prepare ahead of time and sort of know what you are doing. In terms of performance, we say the action of this bottom bracket is smooth. Our biggest complaint and a rightful one is that the adjustable cup is plastic, and we definitely would have preferred a metal cup.
#2.Truvativ SRAM GXP Team Bottom Bracket
Next, we have the Truvatic SRAM GXP, which is the best bottom bracket if you want something incredibly lightweight and durable. This bottom bracket is designed to be used with SRAM and TruVativ GXP cranksets. We really like how the Truvativ SRAM allows for pretty good performance and whether or not there are thread irregularities in the frame.
Also, one of the selling points is that the bearing loading and power transfer is optimized while minimizing wear when the radial loads are transferred to the drive-side bearing. And finally, you have a pretty maintanence free experience as the sealed bearings keep dirt and water out as much as possible.
#3.Origin8 Torqlite Square Taper Bottom Bracket
If you want the best bottom bracket, we think the Origin8 Torqlite is one of the better options out there. We feel confident that it will be much lighter and will spin more smoothly than your stock bottom brackets. As for some specs, it is made of forged alloy body and cups, with a CNC hollow chromoly spindle, and sealed cartridge bearings. Also we think it just has a very nice finish.
Overall, we think that this is a very well made bottom bracket and is well machined. The durability is pretty darn good as well compared to some of the other brands that we have tried. And finally, we just have to say that this is a great prouduct at a great price. It is very good bang for the buck and think it is a solid choice for those on a budget.
#4.Sunlite Square Bottom Bracket
Another great option when it comes bottom brackets is the Sunlite Square Bottom Bracket. This one has a steel body, sealed bearings, and chromoly spindle. Overall, we would say that this is a very good performer and sum it up as a above average short-spindle bottom bracket that comes in at a very affordable price point.
In terms of durability and longevity, we really like it because it holds up well and runs for much longer than stock bottom brackets. We can see this lasting for several thousands of miles. All in all, we think this sealed cartridge bottom bracket rotates very smooth and the entire unit is made of metal with no plastic parts.
#5.Shimano XTR SM-BB93 English Bottom Bracket
Last but not least, we have the Shimano XTR SM-BB93 which is an English thread bottom bracket with better sealing performance and durable enough for mountain bike usage. We really like it (and many users also comment on this) for the fact that it is incredibly lightweight, which goes to offset the weight disadvantage of the drivetrain.
Overall, this bottom bracket has very solid performance with buttery smooth performance. Also, we really like the fact that it is one of those bottom brackets that don’t really require too much maintenance. So if you are shopping around for a bottom bracket and have already tried or don’t like our previous recommendations, we urge you to give this a try.