Velo Orange Threadless BB
 
As mentioned yesterday, here’s a bit more info on the new Velo Orange Threadless Bottom Bracket. Having now got our hands on one, taking it out of the box reveals a stunning piece of kit; the inner magpie drawn to the lovely red and blue anodised cups and body.
 
It’s brilliantly engineered; as the adjustable cup is tightened, a sleeve (one on each cup) expands as it is pushed further up the tapered cup, locking the bottom bracket in. The bottom bracket will fit in shells with (or without) damaged Swiss, French or English threads but not Italian because they have a wider internal diameter. It will also fit in the old Raleigh Sports bottom brackets with a 71mm shell width though not the Raleigh Twenty (76mm). It can also be installed time after time using a traditional bottom bracket spanner or pin wrench and if you used it in a bottom bracket with existing threads, they still will re-useable afterwards.
 
Here’s a link to a very thorough review by Tarik Saleh, who tried it on several frames - VO Grand Cru Threadless Bottom Bracket Review
Velo Orange Threadless BB
Friday, 19 February 2010