I often see the Shimano BB71 and BB72 press fit bottom brackets listed on stores alongside one another, like here for example, so what's the difference?

Are they both the same geometrically? Is one a premium version over the other?

Additionally it appears my Giant TCR Advanced 2 2016 has a BB-71, though from an answer below it appears that's an MTB bottom bracket? How does that make sense?

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From the very amazon.co.uk page you quoted:

Hi, what is the difference between these 2 bottom brackets.i have a sm-bb7141 bottom bracket on my giant tcr composite 1 2013,not which 1 to buy

Answer: The SMBB7241B comes with the 86mm sleeve interconnecting the bearing cups - this is suitable for BB86. The XT SMBB7141A has a 93mm sleeve suitable for MTB frames - I'm not entirely sure which standard this is. By Chris Gold on 13 February 2018

So, at least the width of the sleeve is different, and one is marketed for road bikes (hence the Ultegra branding), while another one is for MTB (hence the XT sticker).

  • Interesting, I asked the bike retailer Wiggle which press fit BB I would need for my Giant TCR Advanced 2 2016 and they said BB-71 (the one the above answer says is MTB). I also see the TCR listed on Giant's website as having a BB-71 BB - giant-bicycles.com/int/tcr-advanced-1-2017#specifications does this mean my road bike has an MTB BB?
    – Ben
    Commented Jul 13, 2018 at 19:22
  • @Ben while not common, it is quite possible. After all, if it is the bike's manufacturer that states the type of BB to be such (and given that there is no mistake at the weblink's description), it must be so. The moment when you will know for sure will be when the old BB is already extracted, and you can read its label on it. Commented Jul 13, 2018 at 20:01

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