Crank & Bottom Bracket Removal & Installation: Campagnolo® Ultra-Torque®

This article will review how to remove and install bottom brackets for Campagnolo® and Fulcrum® Ultra-Torque® cranksets. The service requires the use of the CBP-8 Campagnolo® Crank and Bearing Tool Set.


Preliminary Information

The Campagnolo® Ultra-Torque® system integrates both the spindle and bearings into the arms. The cups are installed in the bike without cartridge bearings. The bearings are pressed to the crank spindle. When the cranks are removed, the bearings come with the arms.


Crank Removal

The bearings are removed from the bike after the cranks are removed. Begin by removing the retaining clip from the drive-side cup.

Closeup of needle-nose pliers removing retaining clip from external cup of Campagnolo® Ultra-Torque® system
Remove retaining clip from cup

Remove the crank bolt. NOTE: for Super Record™ cranks, the bolt is a left-hand thread and removes clockwise.

Hex wrench turning crank bolt counterclockwise with hand holding non-drive side crank of bike in repair stand

Loosen counterclockwise for non-Super Record™

Hex wrench turning crank bolt clockwise with hand holding non-drive side crank of bike in repair stand

Super Record™ loosens clockwise

If removing the crank only, such as for cleaning or internal routing, the process of removal is done. Skip to crank installation.


Bearing Removal

Each arm has a pressed cartridge bearing. The right side has C-clip that must be removed before the bearing can be pulled. A small, flat tipped screwdriver can be worked under the edge on the clip to pry it free from the groove in the spindle. Work the C-clip up and off the spindle.

Closeup of small flat blade screwdriver prying up C-clip from base of drive side crank spindle
Remove C-clip from spindle

The CBP-8 uses a bearing puller consisting of two fingers to engage the bearing and a driver to pull it upward. Arrange the bearing puller assembly over the spindle. Use the side knobs to snug the fingers under the bearing.

Use a wrench to turn the driver clockwise. This pushes the tool plunger against spindle end and pulls the fingers and bearing away from the crank.

Repeat on the other arm.

Hex wrench being installed onto CBP-8 caliper driver with prongs secured underneath bearing on crank spindle
Engage bearing puller under edge of bearing
Closeup of CBP-8 caliper pulling with gap between crank face and bearing on spindle
Turn driver to pull bearing off spindle

Bearing Installation

Install any crank seals that were removed. Grease the pressed surfaces and place a new bearing on the spindle.

Place the bearing driver from the CBP-8 over the bearing and strike downward with a hammer.

Engage C-clip over the right spindle end. Use bearing driver to push by hand until clip engages groove in spindle.

Hammer driving bearing onto drive side crank spindle using CBP-8 bearing driver

Drive bearings down until fully seated

Hand pressing bearing driver onto C-clip to push it down a drive-side crank spindle

Use installer to push C-clip into place


Crank Installation

Install the wave washer onto the left bearing.

Installing wave washer onto non-drive side crank arm held next to bottom bracket shell with external cups
Install wave washer on left arm

The cranks with bearings are now pushed back into the cups. Align cranks straight. Grease crank bolt and tighten to manufacturer’s recommendation.

Securing crank bolt with a TW-6.2 torque wrench with hand holding crank arm of bicycle frame in repair stand
Secure crank