Race Face Prodigy Isis Bottom Bracket

DESCRIPTION

Silky smooth, maintenance free one-piece cartridge design – slap it in and forget about it! Double lip wiper seals at each end keep the bearings free from mud, grime and moisture. Design features a drive side flanged fixed cup for quick and easy installation and chainline simplicity – when using Race Face cranks, this BB gives a 48.5-49mm chainline. Hollow chromoly steel spindle is cold forged, CNC machined, precision ground, heat-treated and nickel-plated, making it super strong and durable.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 06, 2002]
richard ecclestone
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Cheap, Raceface replaced the unit under warranty

Weakness:

Bearings worn out after 5 months, bearings not replaceable.

The bearings on this unit are obviously not upto british weather - I allways store my bike inside, but the prodigy just doesent seam to be sealed adequatly to keep out the goo. Raceface replaced the unit free of charge which I upgraded through the shop to a raceface XS unit, unfortunatly this is just as bad.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano XT

[Jul 05, 2002]
Tino
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

ISIS is stiff
inexpensive

Weakness:

very very weak and cheap, bearings start to go after only 3 months of riding

I have always had great expierience with Race Face gear but this really suprises me.....I hoping for a recall or something because this is not the kind of product Race Face should be making.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano UN52

[Jul 02, 2002]
Mike
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

ISIS is stiff

Weakness:

Major play after only a few months

Like pretty much everyone else posting, I found that this bottom bracket almost made it 6 months before the bearings gave up. Now there's just way too much play in the bracket. I hope Race Face is keeping an eye on these reviews so they can step up and do something about it.

Similar Products Used:

Truvativ ISIS DH, Shimano tapered

[Dec 01, 2001]
Doug
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

ISIS design, price, 2yr warranty

Weakness:

non serviceable, non replaceable bearings

The ISIS design in brillan. Crank goes on and off and never makes a sound or loosens up. However a big thumbs down to the prodigy BB as the bearings were shot after 3 months. My LBS replaced it free of charge with a Truvative ISIS B.B. which does have serviceable and adjustable bearings (it also costs the same)and it has held up fine. Until the bearing issue is resolved I would not reccomend the Prodigy to anyone.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano UN72 Spuare taper B.B.

[Mar 08, 2002]
rob
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

None

Weakness:

cheap, unreliable crap

What the hell ar RF doing throwing this cheap junk out there?

I've had my Kona less than 6 months, ridden less than 500 miles and I've just worn out my second BB.
I just spoke to the guy at my LBS - he's going to swap it out under warranty again but told me that RF had identified a design flaw that they ironed out in their latest offering.
I'm only giving these turkeys one last shot because it is a warranty. I love my FG crank arms and rings, but I will never purchase another RF product based 0on my recent experence.

One flaming hairdo only because you can't give 'em zero.

Similar Products Used:

none (fortunately)

[Feb 21, 2002]
Andy
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Cheap. Fits well with my splined RF cranks.

Weakness:

Cheap. Bearings feel crusty almost immediately. After a few more rides they get worse.

I've had really good luck with the Race Face taperlock bottom bracket. Those are really nice. Bearings in the Taperlocks are replaceable, but better yet, you can easily just pop off the dust seals and blast out the old grease and sludge, repack them, stick the seals on, and they are nice and smooth again.

I should have known. I can't figure out why I was so cheap and bought a cartridge bottom bracket, I regret not getting the higher end RF bottom bracket that is similar to my Taperlock, with the easily servicable bearings. I'm going to ride this one until I can't stand it anymore and then replace it with the high end RF splined BB.

Granted I live in a wet climate that can be somewhat abusive to anything with bearings or seals. But the bearings on this BB felt crusty out of the box, and since it is a cartridge design there isn't anything you can really do about it.

I'll give it 2 burning turds because at least it hasn't snapped. If you want Race Face, spend a couple extra dollars and get the nicer BB, it will last forever if you take care of it.

Similar Products Used:

Race Face Taperlock, Shimano XT level cartridge bb's

[Feb 14, 2002]
Robert
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Smooth holds cranks to gethenr very well

Weakness:

This is the second prodigy BB I have had in 3 months and its dead the axle keeps going for some reason and it isn't being ridden that hard. Thinking about upgrading to a stronger BB

would be a good product if the axle didn't keep gigving in all the time I'll get another on warranty till the money for a better one comes in but I wouldn't reccomend this BB

[Jan 19, 2002]
Mark Howard
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Stiff and affortable

Weakness:

3 months must be the predestined lifespan of this BB. It started to squeak, then it got loose. It can't be rebuilt so it must be replaced.

I would not recommend the RaceFace Prodigy isis BB. It wears out in 3 months. I'll consider the RaceFace Signature isis BB as a replacment.

[Feb 16, 2004]
Ben Dawson
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cheap, works.

Weakness:

Weight? Dunno, you pay for what you get

Well, maybe I got lucky cause mine lasted me 5000km's and about 50 races untill it crapped out. Got play in the spindle, shot the bearings, so I replaced it with another one. No complaints.........I rode the crap out of the thing.

[Jul 02, 2002]
James Michaels
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

ISIS drive is noticably stiffer than square taper.

Weakness:

Bearings are shot after a little over three months.

Fifteen weeks of XC riding and it's shot. What a thoroughly cheap and nasty product this is. Did I say cheap? They cost £35 here in the UK! That's more expensive than the SRX. I didn't realise Race face made anything cheaper than Prodigy which all means that I now have to lay out serious money to get anything better.

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