Token Tiramic bottom bracket£59.99

Light and smooth BB

BikeRadar score4/5

We’ve only had one sample of Token's Tiramic ceramic bearing bottom bracket to play with, but so far it’s not bad. 

With titanium nitride coated bearing races using super hard, super smooth ceramic balls, it’s certainly silky and light to start with. It’s a very tempting price for a ceramic bottom bracket too.

Keeping it smooth depends on regularly popping off the basic seals and cleaning and regreasing the bearing faces. We had to do this a month into winter when early grind set in, but it’s been trouble-free since.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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