Superstar Ceramic HTII bottom bracket review£49.95

Budget ceramic BB

BikeRadar score3/5

Superstar specialise in cutting out the middlemen in order to keep prices to a minimum. This Shimano/RaceFace-compatible ceramic bearing bottom bracket (Truvativ version also available) is a prime example. 

The ABEC 5 hybrid ceramic bearings feel smooth to start with and the BB comes in a choice of four anodised colours. 

Despite claims of longer life for ceramic bearings it started to creak after a few weeks of summer use. A couple of months on it still hasn’t completely died but we’d expect better of a ceramic setup, even at this price.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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