Race Face Evolve FR Bottom Bracket

DESCRIPTION

All Evolve Series BB's feature slide on cartridge bearings with full ball construction.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 03, 2008]
randonneur
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

good paint, stout arms

Weakness:

horrible adjustability, high friction, non-replaceable bearings

couldn't stand trying to adjust these things -- either they were falling off or friction was high. played with it for 6 months and then gave them away.

Similar Products Used:

Stronglight, Truvativ Firex, Kooka, multiple Shimano bits, and some Sugino junk

[Oct 26, 2003]
joe petruso
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

nothing...

Weakness:

Creaks like crazy.

I do not recommend the purchase of this product. I rode it only twice, and it started to creak. Also it seems to have lost its stiffness too. I took it to the local bike shop and they regreased and tightened. I took it out for a joy ride with my girlfriend and it started to creak again. The left crank arm makes the majority of noise. I am going to try a FSA BB and see if it helps. For 50 bucks you would expect a BB to last longer that 3 rides...

Similar Products Used:

Square Taper Shimano.

[Sep 23, 2005]
isis go bye bye
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Was better than a lot of other ISIS BB's I've purchased, but product life was still short.

Weakness:

I've been through about 10 of these things and have finally given up on them- they lasted about a month of XC riding in the midwest. The creaking is unbelieveable- I blow $3,000+ on a mountian bike and the only, and I mean ONLY problem I've been having is with the ISIS system on the thing- I have finally learned (the hard way) about the ISIS hype (I think the manufacturers of the isis BB's are more interested in repeat business than desingning a quality BB-that's my personal opinion). Race Face can be happy though, they got a lot of business out of me, but they will get no more, I've switched to a square taper set up and am running a Shimano now with no problems, and the good thing is the Shimano rides like a Cadillac (nice and smooth) in comparison to the Race Face.
Another weakness of this product is, that when I use it and the creaking is doing it's thing, the little kids on the Wall Mart bikes look at me like... "what's wrong with your bike"?. What's wrong with it? I was smart enough to spend the $$ for quality components and get the desired results, but not informed enough to know that any ISIS system is not a quality component.

THANK GOD isis is out of my life! Man what a freaking head ache! I'm sorry, but the concept of spending thousands on a mountian bike and then having the pleasure derived from it decreased substantilly because of a (in my opinion) part that is designed to have a short life, sucks! Jesus, the thing is a $50 part and it makes my bike creak like a freaking ROCKING CHAIR- GIVE ME A BREAK!!
I think the isis "syndicate" should redefine their marketing strategy and not put so much focus on "measured failure & repeat sales" and give the consumer a little more respect... this is mountian biking... I thought we were a group of people that were above taking advantage of "situations". ISIS guys, you know how to design a quality BB, so please do it.

Similar Products Used:

Truvative, FSA, others

[Oct 17, 2003]
dd dd
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

It worked ok for a while.

Weakness:

Poor design and materials.
Short life / poor quaility bearings.
Bearing seals cause a lot of friction but don't work too well.
Massive shell that is just small enough to fit in the bbshell and make lineing up the bb threads difficult.
Other products don't have these problems

It was never very smooth, the seals in the bearings cause a lot of friciton. After 3-4 months it started to make the strangest groaning and creaking noises I have ever heard a bb make. Then all of a sudden a week later the noise stoped and the cranks begain to turn a lot more freely. The only problem was the axel now had about 5mm of play. I ordered a replacement and when it arrived removed the bb. The left hand bearing outer ring had snapped in half and the rest of the bearing was ground and smashed to pieces. The worst thing about the situation was that the bb was a lot smoother and freemoving when metal was running on metal than when there was a bearing.

I won't be buying another raceface bb again.

Similar Products Used:

fsa shimano etc.

[Feb 02, 2004]
henry green
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

works well for some time, very little flex, light

Weakness:

falls into a little pile of crap after a while, starts to squeak loudly, bearings stiffen up, and the threads holding the cranks on strip out and bolt won't tighten

don't get this if you aren't going to buy another bb in, like, a month. it works like a dream for a short time, but requires lots of maintenance, and basically just gets really crapped out. now i have to get another bb because the bearings squeak/rattle and the threads inside that the bolts screw into are totally jacked. not good.

Similar Products Used:

first "high end" bb

[Oct 21, 2002]
Brizzad
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fat, strong, ISIS.

Weakness:

Body is HUGE and i had to take off the sticker to make it fit into my DS frame. Still fit though, its just a no-name!

This is the same BB as the Evolve DH, just in a 113 spindle. ISIS is easy to work with getting arms on and off and fitting snug, no more rounded out square taper junk. Its so beefy, wont bend or snap and I've had it for a while. It might weigh a little bit but its better than carrying a spare BB! Thats why the Signature costs 3 times as much.

Similar Products Used:

Shim XT.. its my first ISIS BB and its totally rad!

[Apr 15, 2003]
Martin S
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Very stiff, stong, generally excellent except....

Weakness:

Bearing seal quality,a problem Raceface has always had since day one

So far a well behaved bb, although starting to get some grinding in the drive side bearings. I discovered this while the bb was out of my frame so it is definately the bearings. I shouldn't be surprised as many years ago I swore to never use a RF bb after working in a bikeshop and having to deal with customers and their expensive bbs'(and headsets) bearings going south. However I decided to give it a try, mainly because I liked the ISIS concept and the only bb avail when I bought my cranks was RF Prodigy which was a MUCH crappier bb. At present the bb still runs okay, but probably won't last until fall...

Similar Products Used:

Prodigy Isis, lasted 4 months before bearing play, it was warrantied no prob, square taper BBs' shimano, raceface, syncros, white ind, suntour etc, etc

[Sep 26, 2003]
Brandon
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Ummm... strong?

Weakness:

Bearings suck
something else, but i don't know what it was, maybe bearing again

When i first got it i was really happy with it. It ran smooth and silent. However after about a month i started hearing grinding noises from the drive side. Then, the drive side part of the bb began to unscrew itself and the non-drive side began screwing itself further into the bike. When i took the drive side crank arm off in an attempt to fix the problem the bb stripped my crank bolt and the bb itself stripped so now i have to get a new one. Boo! Race face, learn how to make a proper bb. It was expensive too.

Similar Products Used:

Stank ass FSA bb

[May 04, 2004]
Erik

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

ISIS Drive.
3 Bearings.

Weakness:

Bearings

RaceFace + components w/ bearings = problems.

I've heard this time and again, and now I have personal experience. I went with this BB over the SRX because I tend to ride more aggressive XC and will take my XC hardtail over drops and jumps. I thought this BB would be able to stand up to it since the hits we're talking about are not really all that big. Creaking and bearing play is issue #1 these days. Not recommended for harder riding conditions. Should be fine for LIGHT trail riding (i.e. beginners) but NOT for any type of freeriding at all.

Similar Products Used:

Various Shimano square-tapered & Truvativ ISIS

[Dec 28, 2005]
Stuart
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

It worked nice for a few months......i guess.....

Weakness:

I was riding along one day after a good ride, and i was climbing a particularly large hill, when i heard a crack and my cranks stopped turning. A crack is NEVER a good thing on a mountain bike. Turns out, the bearing housing cracked open and the ball bearings were falling out. WHAT THE HELL?!?!

The bottom bracket should be the most dependable thing on a bike. THERE ARE WAL-MART BIKES that have had bottom brackets that lasted longer than this!!!!!! Never mind a raceface product...I mean, COME ON! I dont think I'll be buying a new raceface bottom bracket again. As soon as my prodigy wears out, i'm going x-type or something similar

Similar Products Used:

raceface prodigy, truvative gigapipe

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