03 August, 2010

118mm Bottom Brackets

  We just received 118mm Grand Cru bottom brackets. They are available in all thread-types:
118mm BBs have been a little hard to find, but it's a very common size on older bikes, especially those with classic European cranks. They will also be used with our new 50.4bcd cranks.

BTW, we are overstocked on Italian thread BBs so they are on sale.

All Grand Cru bottom bracket have oversize sealed bearings and boron-steel hollow axles. Both cups are alloy. The quality is first rate. Axle bolts are included. 258gm average weight. JIS taper.
    A customer recently pointed out a troubling comment on a competitor's web site. He was speculating that our BBs were simply re-badged versions of some lower-quality BBs he sells. Not only is that untrue, but anyone in the bike biz knows it.

    17 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Dear V-O folks: Do the 118mm BB's have a right side offset, usually 4-5mm, similar to the old style Stronglight and TA BBs?

    Anonymous said...

    Your bottom brackets are a steal for the price--the quality IS first rate. My bike mechanic was very impressed with the quality of my VO bottom bracket. It rides just as smooth as the Phil Wood on my other bike. Are you guys planning on making any ISO tapered versions?

    Tom said...

    No plans to make an ISO version of our BB sets at this time.

    Your LBS can order BB's from us through VO Imports.

    Chris Kulczycki said...

    All the Grand Cru BBs are symmetrical, but a BB spacer can be used if you need offset. We sell inexpensive spacers in three sizes.

    We don't currently have plans to make ISO taper BBs, but we may eventually if the existing versions continue to sell well.

    Anonymous said...

    So... when are the 50.4 cranks going to be here?

    Brad Barth said...

    Oh finally!!! Thank you so much, I've been looking for a 118 for weeks. You are right, they are very hard to find new!

    j.schwartz said...

    Will you be selling the 50.4bcd crankset with the 118mm BB as a set? When will the crankset be available?

    Chris Kulczycki said...

    The cranks will be here around the third week of August according to the factory, but that's just an estimate.

    Anonymous said...

    how could it be that french threading costs 14 dollars more to make than english and italian (!) threading? that is 41% increase...

    Chris Kulczycki said...

    The French cups required new tooling. That's part of the cost.

    Reynolds 531 said...

    "how could it be that french threading costs 14 dollars more to make than english and italian (!) threading? "

    Econ 101--Value is completely indepenent from manufacturing cost. I bout a French threaded bottom bracket from VO and it's value to me was much much greater than the price i paid. I don't care waht it cost to make, thank you VO for doing it!

    D. W. McClain said...

    Chris, I've got a velo-orange BB in my 83 Raleigh SuperCourse and I love it. It's a great product. The rumor that your customer shared with you is FUBAR. FUBAR I say!

    Hope your vacation was swell.

    Anonymous said...

    Just wanted to say thanks for being ridiculously up front about everything in your business. I send my employers here to look at how you run your stuff every time they get worried about "giving away" too much in terms of marketing or whatever.

    hugo said...

    Hello,
    is that possible to use it for a 80'th motob├ęcane ?

    thanks

    body paint latex said...

    I want to change my Truvativ's for a set of race face. Would i need to switch the bottom bracket to and is this size of 118mm is sufficient or should I change. Please suggest me. Thanks.

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    wallymann said...

    here's another vote for an ISO-taper version!!! i'm ready to buy 3 of them!!!