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Old 02-07-14, 05:33 PM   #1
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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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Old 02-07-14, 06:09 PM   #2
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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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Old 02-07-14, 06:20 PM   #3
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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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Old 02-07-14, 06:29 PM   #4
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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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Old 02-07-14, 07:41 PM   #5
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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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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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