April 12th, 2013
My old XT bottom bracket finally gave seized up and needed replacing, I was looking at the Hope Steel Bearing one, but didn’t have the spare cash to get one at the time, so decided to go with a very cheap gap stop, which is why I got this Token MTB TK878EX Hollowtech bottom bracket which cost me a total of £17!
Build quality seemed good and there’s a wide choice of colours if that’s your thing, installation was also very easy (as it should be for this kind of fitting) and once fitted it was really smooth; on the scales it weighs in at 105g.
I’ve now ridden it through a large amount of mud, deep puddles and snow, as well as given it a good blast using a pressure washer a few times, I was surprised to see it held up well for 6 months of some awful conditions, a couple of months later however, it really started to show that it was a on the cheaper end of the scale in build and the seals just didn’t work as well as they should.
Once the late winter decided it should snow again and the temperatures dropped along with it, the Token BB ended up freezing and I had to bring it inside to thaw it out, which clearly showed that the seals were not doing the job anymore.
Taking it apart showed that there was a huge cake of mud inside and stuck to the sealed bearings.
So the big question is, if paying £17 is worth it against £30 for a Shimano XT one, based on the fact that my last XT BB lasted 2.5 years, it’s not worth it as an investment, however the Token BB is probably worth it if you’re heavily cash strapped and need something to get you through a season.
- Great colour choice
- Smooth to begin with
- Bearing are replaceable
- Not a long term investment
- Seals aren’t up to the challenge
- Replacement bearings are nearly as much as a new BB
- Anodising comes off when fitting