Bearing Press for Bicycles (drifts only)
Regular price £12.00
Bearing press tool for mountain bike and road bike hubs, wheels, bottom bracket and MTB frame pivots
*** Buy one, get one 30% off any mix of pullers and presses (applies to individual tools only, not kits) ***
Designed to install the sealed cartridge bearings that are found on many brands of bicycle hub and full suspension MTB bike frames. Each tool consists of a pair of drifts (sometimes called spacers or bushings) machined to match the bearing's inside and outside diameters, and a threaded rod to pull the drifts together.
- New precision-engineered stainless steel threaded rod
- Designed in the UK
- Most sizes available, small and large
- Bearings are installed straight, kind to frame or hub
Each press can be purchased with either T-bar handles or simple nuts. Both of these options include a pair of drifts and one of our new precision-engineered stainless steel threaded rods.
The T-bar handles make the tool super-easy to use, while the nuts are a functional and cheaper option and are used with normal spanners.
A 'drifts only' option is offered for buyers who have already purchased the kit with the T-bar handles or the nuts before, and only need the drifts to fit a bearing size.
The threaded portion of the threaded rod supplied with this press is 144mm long with additional 8mm of non-threaded length at each end to lead the handles/nuts on and off.
All of our presses are designed around an 8mm threaded rod, but if you already have a press from another manufacturer that uses a different diameter, we can bore out our drifts to match at no additional cost. Just drop us an email.
Unlike some other bearing press designs, our design closely fits the inside and outside diameters of the bearing to ensure that the tool remains accurately centred and the bearings are pressed in straight.
Our drifts are carefully machined to maintain exact alignment between the inner and outer races of the bearing, meaning that no stress is placed across the bearings, prolonging bearing life and protecting the frame or hub.
How To Use
The press tool is simple to use.
Here's a quick demo:
Two drifts are supplied which accurately match the size of the bearing. The shape of the drifts ensures that it accurately centres on the bearing, and that pressure is applied to the outer race.
Tightening the nuts or handles draws the drifts together, pressing the bearing into place. For best results install one bearing at a time.
See our Manuals page to download the more detailed instruction sheets which come withour press orders, now available in several languages.
Note that each tool is specific to one bearing size. It is designed to match the internal and external diameters and can‚¬„¢t be used on bearings with different sizes.
We offer several options to customise your press to suit your specific needs, including:
- Extensions to allow the handles to stand clear of any obstructions or to allow you to press a bearing deep into a recess
- Thrust bearings to make the tightening of the press super smooth!
Presses For Hubs
Some hubs use an 'over-axle' design, whereby there is an axle protruding through the centre of the bearings that cannot be removed until after the bearings are removed. In this case you are better with our over-axle press which, as the name suggests, allows the bearing to be pressed in over an axle.
Our 30% 'second item discount' can be used for a mix of over-axle presses, normal presses and pullers. The same T-bar handles or nuts can be used for all our presses (in this case it is best to purchase the over-axle press with the handles/nuts and the 'normal' presses as 'drifts only', as the over-axle press comes with a longer threaded rod)
We offer a comprehensive range of bearing pullers, available in all of the same sizes and kits as our bearing presses. They can even remove blind and back-to-back bearings. We offer 30% off every second item bought from our single tools menus, including mixes of pullers and presses.
Shipping & Taxes
We aim to dispatch all orders within 1 working day
Orders within the UK will be shipped by Royal Mail RM24 (First Class)
International orders are welcomed and will be shipped by Royal Mail International Standard (Airmail). Please refer to our Shipping & Taxes page for more info.
Our tools can be selected either by the bearing size or by the bearing's standard reference code.
Standard references take the form of a three or four digit number, such as 688, or 6902 for example. These codes are often moulded onto the bearing's seal. You might see something like 6902-2RS on the seal. The first digits are the standard reference. The second part (2RS in this case) refers to the seal type and doesn't matter for tool selection.
Alternatively, tools can be selected by their inside (ID) and outside (OD) diameters and width.
Note that each tool is specific to one bearing size and can’t be used on bearings with different dimensions.
If you need any help then please feel free to email us.