SKF bottom brackets are made entirely from stainless steel and aluminum – even the bearings – so they won’t rust or corrode. However, stainless steel is more brittle than Cromoly, so these bottom brackets only meet the “City/Trekking Bike” standards for fatigue resistance, and not the highest “Racing Bike” standards to which our other components are designed. This is the same for many other high-end bottom brackets, which also use stainless steel spindles, and SKF bottom brackets perform fine under most riders, including very strong ones. However, if you tend to break components, we suggest you look elsewhere for a bottom bracket.
Installation is simple, and requires only an ISIS-type bottom bracket tool. Do not use a “single-hook” bottom bracket wrench, as it can crack the hardened stainless steel of the BB shell.
The ISO taper is used by Campagnolo cranks. (Information that classic TA and other French cranks use the ISO taper is incorrect. They use the JIS taper, which is a copy of the French standard.)
- BRC-600 model
- Symmetric spindle
- Spindle length: 111 mm
- Silver right cup
- Silver left cup (red cups available separately)
See Jan’s blog for more info: Bottom Brackets Demystified
See also our crank/bottom bracket compatibility chart.