Race Face Signature FR Bottom Bracket

DESCRIPTION

Designed for your Freeriding rig, the Signature FR is the perfect support system for your North Shore DH cranks. This BB carries all the same features as the Signature XS but is built on a stronger M12 spindle. If you like spending more time in the air then on the ground, the Signature FR is your best choice.

Features:

  • ISIS Drive
  • CNC machined, heat treated hollow M12 chromoly spindle
  • Shot peened finish for strength and nickel plating for corrosion resistance
  • Double row angular contact bearings
  • Proprietary non side loading design
  • Forged and CNC’d aluminum cups and reinforcing sleeve
  • Heat treated stainless steel crank stopper
  • 8 independent seals to keep out contaminants
  • Adjustable cups fit 68 and 73mm shells and allows adjustability of the chainline.

    Sizes: 113 mm
    Shell Compatibility: 68 & 73mm (adjustable)

  • USER REVIEWS

    Showing 1-10 of 18  
    [Aug 24, 2003]
    Will
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    None

    Weakness:

    This was an expensive bottom bracket that lasted for less time than a $35 Truvativ I was using in my hardtail. Its made even more expensive when you need to buy a flanged cup seperatly.

    Don't buy this unless your a yuppy that think just cause you payed more its better.

    [Mar 23, 2006]
    C Forrest
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1

    I'm a tappered BB user and I'm upgrading to a 29inch. I've heard some good and bad about the world of the ISIS spline type bottom brackets. Can anyone steer me in the right direction. Any replies would be [email protected]

    [Jan 31, 2006]
    Jay
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    Silent most of the time, has lasted considerably compared to other BBs ive tried

    Weakness:

    Gets full of crud and bearings start to seize after a while

    I am impressed with this bottom bracket compared to others ive tried, the design of ISIS is such a good idea its just a shame the bearings never seem to be able to stand up to the test of time. Being from the UK the weather here is crap most of the year and this is where the BB fails. As soon as crap gets into it it starts to degrade rapidly in performance, usually it'll ride fine after a long ride in the woods but after a few days all the grime works its way into the guts and its starts feeling very gritty, i do clean the bike every time ive finished riding but you should not have to remove the BB everytime you ride to get all the crap out. If the Seals were improved further i think this maybe a better BB but raceface has already deleted the line it would appear. If you look after this BB it'll be fine but any UK riders will need to give it serious attention, i wish it was easier to strip down too as this may solve some problem, never the less its done good and its still hanging onto life 4 chilies for overall but its steep price wise

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    [Sep 20, 2002]
    Craig Bromley

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Reputation, looks

    Weakness:

    Durability, imoveable bearings

    I bought this one after the Signature XS failed after 5 months, my first DH at Mountain Ash (Wales) in the mud and the shaft went stiff and had a nasty grinding noise, it was full of grit.

    It was 1 week old and used in 1 race that's all..........

    Pants performance from such an expensive product, they have replaced the bearings under warranty swiftly and efficiently which is excellent, but 1 ride?

    [Jan 25, 2004]
    scott silvers
    Cross Country Rider

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    RATING
    1
    VALUE
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    1
    Strength:

    it fits my cranks?

    Weakness:

    bearings wear out waaay too fast. what is the point?

    I thought I was getting a set it and forget it BB/drivetrain from RF. North shore cranks and their signature BB - a good combo one would think. I finished my bike end of august, rode it for the next two months half the week, then tapered off for the winter - no major pedalfests. And what happens. Tink, Tink, tink, tink....the bb bearings are shot from less than normal riding. Now, I have to send it back to the bike shop so they can press in some new bearings for free. That's super, but I have to take my bike out of commission for two weeks while this all goes down...great! Thats why I paid the big bucks.

    My 1993 shimano deore dx BB in my ol scott hardtail is still spinning....makes my head spin to think that RF cant build a better BB....I think I made a mistake getting this problem BB...

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    [Apr 15, 2004]
    MoD
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Race Face replacement guarantee

    Weakness:

    The "FR" is a RaceFace Factory replacement from an original Signature "Ti" which I came down a notch and went up in weight to try and buy a beefier BB than the "Ti" due to problems with it.
    I've been into two shops a total of about 5-7 times now. I have repetitive creaking and popping that appears to be coming from the vicinity of my cranks (Next LP Carbon). We have made many assumptions from headset and rear suspension bolts to pedals....but the one common denominator is that this is my second RaceFace BB and I continue to have the same problem.

    I guess if you enjoy continuously troubleshooting and wrenching on your ride or if you have someone that can do it for you for free...this is your BB, otherwise if you're like the rest of us - find an alternative until RF can improve the quality to justify the price. These two BB's(1st the "Ti", now the "FR") have cost me upwards of another $150 in troubleshooting and labor fees.

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    Shimano (this one is 4+ yrs old, little maintenance, and is still going)

    [Sep 23, 2003]
    John

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Strong spindle and cups, same BB fits 68mm and 73mm. It "looks" durable (but it isn't).

    Weakness:

    Bearings wear out (I have gone through two Signature FRs) in less than a year. The bearings went after three months on the first one. Replaced under warranty, but now those bearings are developing some play six months later.

    For being sold as a heavy duty FR model, it is worthless. I even took the thing out and greased the bearings every month or so, and it still wore out.

    RF replaced it under warranty with no problem, but I want to ride and forget about my BB, not keep sending it back.

    Maybe it is better suited on a road bike (as long as you don't ride in the rain).

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    [Sep 08, 2002]
    matt
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    strong,smooth, easy installation(if you have tool)

    Weakness:

    you need the race face tool to install

    one of the best bb's around. if you have to money or get it like i did, i ordered evolve and they sent me signature. after riding through puddles up to my rear shock this thing has held up, taking beating with 5-8 foot drops on to flat concreate

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    shimano, xt

    [May 13, 2005]
    Darwin
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    When it's working, it's really solid.

    Weakness:

    Bearings.

    This is a great BB while the bearings are working.

    I'm getting my third set of bearings pressed in. The first replacement was done under warranty, about 18 months after I purchased, 2nd set of bearings lasted about the same.

    This BB has seen two set of cranks, having ripped a pedal out of the Prodigy DH's, I've moved up to the North Shores, and they're nearing end of life.

    Basically a hard summer at whistler, and a solid winter on the shore will be all the bearings can take. You'll start hearing clunking and gravel-like sounds.

    It's about $50 cdn to replace the bearings, which isn't a bad "tax" for 18 months of riding, but it would be nice to forget about the bb completely for a couple seasons.

    I rate these "good" considering the hammering they've taken.

    [Apr 28, 2005]
    max well
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    it looked really cool with that metallicky gold colour n such, it looked good on the bike rack

    Weakness:

    it creakes like crazy and seazes up in cold weather, or on a muddy trail, it makes an ANNOYING creaking noise that makes you wonder whats going on in there.

    i wish i knew more about this not so good bottom bracket when my bike shop put it in my bike for free after the truvatiz, i'd rather another truvativ instaed, those work pretty well and dont cost as much as the rf, this bb was just trouble, on some days it works well but in most situations in creaks and cracks and makes nothing but noise, i've smashed my knees sooo many times on the stem cuz it skipped after i jumped onto a CURB in front of IGA, that really annoyed me and HURT, dont get one if u can or avoid it

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    truvativ, i wore it out but it didn't CREAK!!!

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