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Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket

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Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket

Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket

As a direct descendent of Dura-Ace, no other road component group provides the same cost-performance value as Shimano 105.

The Octalink V1 8-spline interface between the BB and crank arm forms a strong highly rigid connection that reduces weight and increases strength.

Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket Specifications

  • Material: Hollow chromoly splined spindle with alloy non-drive side cup
  • Weight: 250g
  • Compatibility: V-1, 8 spline spindle for Shimano road cranks only
  • Two Sizes: 109.5 Spindle for double cranks; 118 for triple cranks

Note: crank arm fixing bolts not included.

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Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket
 
3.9

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road biking (7)
  • Commuting (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Reviewed by 9 customers

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5.0

Octalink is getting rare, but it's soooo good!

By TempeteOnTheRoad

from Montréal, Québec

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Add double or triple info for simplicity

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Road Biking

Comments about Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket:

Make sur you check the spindle measure, not only the shell size. The longest is for triple. I really like the Octalink system. I use this set-up for my commuter-winter bike and the last bottom bracket lasted close to 15 years!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Road 105 grade Octalink BB

By Octa Otaku

from Akita, Japan

About Me Commuter

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting

    Comments about Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket:

    Recently Octalink isn't for the race, but 105 grade BB is still produced. Not so expensive as Dura Ace, not so fragile as BB-ES300 with plastic left cup, this is a good choice. Made in Indonesia, Shimano quality.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    So glad I found this for such a good price

    By Jaybird

    from Richmond, Virginia

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Great Components
    • Handles Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket:

      Needed an octalink BB to match my triple crank. Easy find on this site, and had options for spindle lengths for both double and triple

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      1.0

      Poor bearing quality

      By none

      from Central California Coast

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket:

          The BB 7700 bottom bracket is worth the extra money if you can find it. It can be rebuilt too.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Shimano 105 BB 5500

          By TB

          from Tucson

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket:

          Fit OK not as robust as the original

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          V-1 Spline works with my Ultegra crank

          By 4Man

          from Austin, Texas

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Worked With My Ultegra

          Cons

          • Slightly Rough

          Best Uses

          • Replacement Bb
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket:

          Needed to replace my Ultegra BB and finding those are like looking for unicorns. The 105 is just a tiny bit heavier ( about 1/2 glass of beer at most ). It seems to be a little rougher than the Ultegra, but maybe it just needs some miles to wear in.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          REPLACEMENT BOTTOM BRACKET

          By James888

          from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Delivered As Described
          • Easy to install

          Cons

          • Its Shows Made In Japan
          • Part Made In Indonesia

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket:

          I just installed the unit and have not ridden more than a test ride. Since the unit is sealed it will take 6 months of riding before I know if the unit is standing up.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          works for me

          By Drewbacca the Bookiee

          from Chicago

          About Me Commuter

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable
          • Good Crank Arm Engagement
          • Innovated Design
          • Innovative Design
          • Spindle Size Stiffness

          Cons

          • Limited Stock
          • Non Serviceable Bearings
          • Obsolete
          • Relatively Small Bearings

          Best Uses

          • Commuting

          Comments about Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket:

          Stock bottom bracket on my 2002 Trek 520 touring bike which I bought used. I've put about five or six thousand miles on the bb now without any signs of bearing failure. I have no idea how many miles the original owner put on the bb. While it doesn't have the advantage of a Hollowtech2 system (replaceable bearings) it does have better seals than an outboard style bearing would. The downside to Octalink is that while the spindle is larger than square taper (for increased stiffness) this also requires that the bearings be smaller due to space constraints which theoretically results in shorter bearing life. Not sure what is inside the cartridge (I've read that it's needle bearings) but I've been perfectly happy with the longevity of the product. For the other poster, the reported early failure must be due to riding style or possibly some other issue.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          2.0

          Does not last, huge price increase

          By Ryan S

          from Gulf Coast, AL

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Comfortable
          • Smooth

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction
          • Not Serviceable
          • Wears Quickly

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Shimano 105 BB-5500 Bottom Bracket:

          Because v1 Octalink has been discontinued, Shimano is only making this one 5500 (105 level) v1 Octalink bottom bracket to support all the v1 Octalink cranksets out there in the market still being used. So the 6600 (Ultegra) bottom bracket and 7700 (Dura Ace) bottom bracket are both discontinued.

          The unfortunate thing about these bottom brackets is they do not last. I have to buy a new one basically every year because they develop play in them, and there is no adjustability - which is unfortunate, because even the really cheap Shimano LP-20 BB's are even adjustable/rebuildable. I used to be able to get this exact same 5500 bottom bracket for just $29 here on Jenson (just went and looked at my Jenson order history), but I guess because they are becoming rare and people need them, they can charge more.

          Having to spend $50 every year on a new bottom bracket is a bit unrealistic. At that price you may be better off buying a new crankset with outboard BB's (cheap options are Shimano Sora which supports 9spd - since anyone needing this has 9spd, or even FSA Gossamir cranks).

          I have not decided what I am going to do yet, because the idea of buying another one at this price is disheartening).

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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