Posted by Logan Watts
Last September, Cane Creek announced the Hellbender Neo, the Fletcher, NC-based company’s ultra-durable, high-end bottom bracket with SKF MTRX bearings. Today they just released a more affordable option within the Hellbender family that has similar durability claims. The new Hellbender 70 bottom brackets utilize 440C stainless steel bearings, which Cane Creek touts “offer exceptional ride quality and reliability.” The new bearings might not be quite as resistant to contamination as the SKF MTRX bearings found in the high-end, $150 Neo, but Cane Creek claims they still provide excellent durability and corrosion resistance, with slightly less drag than the MTRX bearings. The Hellbender 70 is also $50 cheaper, starting at $99.
“The stainless steel bearing in the Hellbender 70 strikes a perfect balance between value and lasting performance,” said Eric Smith, director of supply chain at Cane Creek “It doesn’t matter if you have a $1,200 bike or a $12,000 bike, the Hellbender 70 bottom bracket is going to be an impactful and lasting upgrade.”
Hellbender 70 bottom brackets are machined from 6061-T6 aluminum with an anodized black finish and are available in BSA30, PF30, BB30, and T47 in both 30mm and 29mm (DUB) sizing as well as PF41 (in 30mm only).
Additionally, the Hellbender Neo is now available in T47 (for 30mm spindles only). 29mm (DUB) sizing is not available for Hellbender Neo bottom brackets at this time.
The Cane Creek Hellbender 70 bottom bracket starts at $99 and the Hellbender Neo T47 retails for $150. Both products are available now through Cane Creek distributors and retailers or rider-direct in North America through canecreek.com.