Following my disaster at finding my RaceFace bottom bracket shell welded firmly onto the hollow axle of my RaceFace Deus XC cranks I took my bag of bits along to Cycleworks in Leatherhead in the full expectation of needing to go shopping in the not too distant future.
Two things occurred when I got there. First, Dave didn’t seem remotely surprised by the fact that my RaceFace bottom bracket had failed so comprehensively and actually seemed to think 1100 miles on it was pretty good.
Secondly, and more importantly, he wasn’t fazed by the problem either. I thought it was a bin job but he just took his Dremmel (carefully) to the bottom bracket shell and five minutes later handed me my crankarm sans problem.
At home I took some wet and dry to the axle to get rid of the rusty rim of muck still remaining and fitted my new Hope bottom bracket and RaceFace combo onto the bike with copious amounts of grease.
I’m not exactly confident for the future as the axle is quite pitted from the damage caused by the RaceFace bottom bracket and I haven’t had the chance to ride the bike yet. But at least I haven’t had to spend more money just yet and we’ll have to wait and see how it goes from here.