Posted by Logan Watts
The Hellbender Bottom Bracket is machined from 6061 – T6 aluminum with a two-stage anodized black and gold finish. It’s is available in BSA threaded, PF41, PF30 and BB30 variations, with the PressFit options featuring an internal threaded shell. According to Cane Creek, the most beneficial feature of the Hellbender bottom bracket is the all-new Hellbender Neo bearing. Neo bearings incorporate Swedish manufacturer SKF’s patented MTRX technology – an oil-filled, solid polymer matrix that completely fills the free space in the bearing. During use, oil is released from micro-pores in the polymer, continuously lubricating the bearings.
The solid oil matrix has the effect of eliminating any empty space inside the bearing – preventing dirt, mud and water from entering and causing wear or damage. This allows the bottom bracket to be ridden in the most extreme conditions without the need to regularly service or lubricate the bearings. Cane Creek claims the Hellbender Neo is “so robust that it will even stand up to regular pressure washing.”
“With the overwhelming popularity of the eeWings crankset, we’ve gotten more and more requests for a bottom bracket that complements the quality and durability of the crank,” said Sam Anderson, product manager for Cane Creek. “When we discovered the MTRX bearing technology from SKF, we realized that we had found the technology needed to create a bottom bracket that would provide the strength and durability that our eeWings cranks have become known for.”
The Cane Creek Hellbender bottom bracket will retail for $120-150, depending on the variant. Expect it to be available in October wherever Cane Creek products are sold. For more information visit CaneCreek.com.