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    Velo Orange vs. YST Threadless Bottom Bracket

    I need a threadless bottom bracket. In my local bike shops as well as eBay, there are three options: a ~ $30 YST BB, a ~ $30 Zenith BB, and a ~ $60 Velo Orange BB.

    Why should I even consider paying $60 for the Velo Orange BB?

    I don't have a need for speed. All that matters to me is durability. I live in Montreal, which is rough on bikes because of its bad weather and bad roads.

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    sometimes a brand name can indicate quality and can be worth it. sometimes not.

    occasionally, you have to pays your money and takes your chances.

    good post though, i had to look up "threadless bottom bracket". didn't know they made such a thing. good to know in case i really screw up sometime.

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    This is the first I've heard of the YST threadless BB. Is it available in the US?

    Sounds like it could be a cheaper solution to age-old 26tpi BB shell issue on vintage Raleighs.
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    IDK or the sales of the VO one suggested to YST there was market share to get.
    I work for neither
    [not really an inside scoop, just note how the hiring Taiwan and such to make stuff ,
    Imported, re branded .. seems to work]

    VO they market , rather than make.. you can see many of their things

    say, in black rather than polished .. thru other vendors sources ..
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    The YST has a very poor reputation for reliability. I can remember when Harris Cyclery stopped selling them because of returns and complaints and they said so on their site. The VO BB is definitely not a rebranded YST. The YST reqires that the BB shell be beveled to mount it correctly.

    In short, you don't want a YST.
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    Running a YST on a single speed viscount to replace the press fit bearing BB. I did some beveling with a dremel tool prior to mounting and put some red loc-tite on the threads. I have also read about the YST being not durable, but so far so good for me. Not on my primary rider, short distances, no issues so far, 6 months in.

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    Be aware that while VO does sell this bottom bracket with shorter spindles, you generally wouldn't want to use anything narrower than a 113. The cups stick out too far for most modern cranksets.

    What's wrong with your BB shell?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    The YST has a very poor reputation for reliability. I can remember when Harris Cyclery stopped selling them because of returns and complaints and they said so on their site. The VO BB is definitely not a rebranded YST. The YST reqires that the BB shell be beveled to mount it correctly.

    In short, you don't want a YST.
    I don't have any first hand experience on how durable the bearings are in a YST, but I can tell ya that mounting one without chamfering the shell is a no no. I mounted one, and not having a chamfering tool, I omitted this step.
    The drive side flange sheared off the first day.
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