[CR]Zeus 2000 Ti BB (was: Help ID markings on Campy BB cup...)

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Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 19:06:36 -0500
To: Classicrendezvous <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
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From: "John Thompson" <johndthompson@gmail.com>
Subject: [CR]Zeus 2000 Ti BB (was: Help ID markings on Campy BB cup...)

Jerome & Elizabeth Moos wrote:
> I'm currently building up my early 80's Cuevas with Spanish
> components. I have a Zeus 2000 BB I bought cheap from BC because it
> is French thread, although even the French ones are no longer cheap.
> The Cuevas, of course, is English, so I substituted steel Zeus
> Criterium English cups for the Ti 2000 ones, No problem, perfecly
> compatible, took the same baerings. And I've never heard of Zeus Ti
> BB axles breaking. As I've said before, Zeus made much better and
> more intelligent use of Ti than Campy did. Some badmouth Zeus as
> cheap Camoy copies, but the Zeus 2000 gruppo was much different from
> and superior to the problem-plagued early Campy SR gruppos.

I have 2 Zeus 2000 BBs here; they both use 7/32" balls. The spindle and cups are both Titanium, with press-fitted ground and polished steel races.

But I agree, they are very nice, certainly nicer than Campy's Super Record Ti BBs.

Stronglight also made a Ti BB, but their's was arguable even nicer, since the spindle (except for the taper where the arms mount) was a wider diameter than a standard BB spindle. Sealed cartridge bearings were held by Aluminum cups, making a very strong and light unit.

John Thompson (john@os2.dhs.org)
Appleton WI USA