French Threaded Bottom Bracket
Keep your old French bike on the road!
- Sealed, cartridge bearings for simplicity and longevity
- Classic square taper design
- JIS taper - works with most cranks
- Hollow, boron steel axle
- Aluminum cups
- 258g (110mm length)
- Spindles are available in a variety of lengths to fit most cranksets
- Includes crank bolts
Generally it is the crank model that determines spindle length, so check what spindle length the crank manufacturer recommends or measure your old BB. If between sizes, it's usually wise to choose the longer.
Use the Dajia Cycleworks Bottom Bracket Tool or Park Tool BBT-22 for installation.
Restoring really cool Jeunet French Comet from the early 70's. Needed to replace the bottom bracket and my local shop suggested Velo Orange. Great quality and service. My new favorite bike parts supplier!!!
This works very well, as long as the frame's threads are well cut. Some of the low end bikes (which I happen to like a lot!) need to have the threads tapped and extended a bit before the VO bb will seat fully. I also appreciate the strip of threadlocker that helps keep the bb from unscrewing as one rides.
Do you have an old Peugeot?
Are you thinking, "hmmmm, maybe I don't need to upgrade the BB, this should be fine how it is"
Well, get this and slap it in your old French Bike. Mine is in an old Nouveau Style. It looks great, and I never have to deal with cotters again. You don't have to either. Get it.
Rotation is quite a bit stiffer than I expected. I know it has shields surrounding the bearings, but I did not think that would impact rotation as much as it has. Spinning crank without pedals or chain results in spin stopping within 3/4 of a rotation. (obviously this is dependent on how hard I spin the cranks) That is with cups torqued to rated, and under-torqued. I must admit that I can't really tell when I actually ride the bike.
Fit and finish is top notch. No problem installing into vintage French bottom bracket.
Thanks guys for carrying these hard to find French parts. The bottom bracket is just what my dear old Motobecane needed to get back on the road. Thanks also for the fast shipping during these difficult times. Much appreciated.