What’s a Good BB for my new Crank?

Dear Lazyweb,

This weekend, I tried to replace the crankset on my Trek with a shiny new Sugino XD2-600 I scored on sale from Velo Orange.

I got the new one on yesterday, and then discovered that no amount of front derailer adjustment would let me shift into the the big ring. It also wanted the pitch the chain off the little ring onto the BB shell.

It was almost as if all three rings were sticking out too far from the frame. So, I guessed my bottom bracket spindle must be too long.

So, I measured the distance between the downtube and the big ring with the XD2-600 installed. It was about 45mm.

Then I put the original crank back on, and the distance was about 40mm.

Perfect, so I guess my bb spindle is about 10mm too long, 5mm on each side. (Assuming the original setup was right to begin with.)

So, I measured the bb spindle. It’s 123mm long(!!!) This seems ridiculously long? I measured it twice, just to be sure, but it was 123mm both times.

I’m guessing that means I need a 113mm bb spindle, which according to Velo Orange, is what Sugino recommends for this crank.

Rivendell sells this crank, too. They say that it wants a 107-110mm bb, unless you have bowed out stays (which I don’t), then you’d want a 113.

I’ve never really fooled around with my bottom bracket before. So, do I want a 110, or a 113, or am I splitting hairs that needn’t be split?

New Handlebars

I swapped out the noodles I had on the Trek for some Albatross bars.

Trek w/ Albatross bars

It took a whole lot of stem to get the bars up level with the saddle, and they’re in a little closer than I’d prefer.

I took it for a quick spin around the block. It’s going to take some getting used to.