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Alpha Bearings

Postby Nambo » Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:06 pm

Anybody have recent experience with this company?
At present, they have a B44 crankshaft of mine that they are fitting thier new and improved big end too, I supplied a new Carrillo rod, thinking about it, I presume they will have to enlarge the hole in the rod to fit the bearing, will this maybe weaken the rod too much?

These are questions I should ask the company I know, but Iam getting the run around from them at the moment.

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Postby minetymenace » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:12 pm

Can't get hold of Max eh? He did my bottom end (armodillo rod and big bearing) and balanced the crank, no problem with the work, but I recall he took his time. The bearing is only a knats tadger bigger than standard, don't worry about it. The only thing I was slightly unhappy about was they bruised one of the nuts on the big end. Seems spot on, but if you are worried, go and grab your bits and take them to Mark Cook

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Postby Nambo » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:25 pm

Thanks for the reasurring reply, I had used Alpha in the 70s on my C15 and they seemed good then, but now they have had my crank for about 6 months and every time I ring up I get given a completion date that is never honoured.
Made me worry about thier current standards, but if the works still OK, I will just have to be patient.

Thanks for the welcome, I did post a picture on the photo page a few years back, but never got around to joining the forum?

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Postby Rich885 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:12 pm

Had my crank done by them and they did take a while to get it finished but no where near 6 months. Anyway they were not cheap but the work seemed to be pretty good so overall no complaints.

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Postby Ed V » Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:08 am

Nambo,
I spoke with Max the other day and he told me that the gal that normally takes care of things in the office has been off sick for quite some time and this cuts into his work time in the shop, at least that is why he told me that my big end bearings didn`t get shipped when they told me they would

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Postby Mark Cook » Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:05 am

I have bit's and pieces made by Alpha, I ask a delivery date then mulitply it by three. It always get's here in the end. For anyone wanting an upgrade on a B44 crank, next year I will be able to do it with all my own bits. Well apart from the silver plated caged bearing.

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Re: Alpha Bearings

Postby Bike 18 » Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:30 pm

Here is an update here,a while back I took my crank to these people.
At the time I did not know where to go,saw an ad in a bike mag.
I think Mark does mend them from what I have read since.
I drove up with it as I worried about packing it.It took 2 weeks to get fixed,they packed it very well and cleverly in a custom box.I had a new big end bearing,the bush renewed in the rod and the assembly trued up(Do not know what that last bit means,I expect most of you will).
The cost was £301.50 including the return shipping.
I hope this is useful to anyone re- building a B50.

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Re: Alpha Bearings

Postby HPbyStan » Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:28 pm

Wow, good thing it wasn't a V8.

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Re: Alpha Bearings

Postby Nambo » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:37 pm

Revisiting my old posts I thought I would give a little update on this, Lovely job on the crank, its quite smooth even at higher revs, it cost me more than yours did Bike 18, over £400.
It looks like this :- http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2708749990041880440CvFhqy

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