How To: BB30 Overhaul/Bearing Replacement

By now, you’re likely familiar with the fact that your Volagi Liscio is equipped with what’s called a BB30 crankset. Essentially, BB30 equates to a crank that features a 30mm spindle which is made from aluminum rather than steel, that resides in a bottom bracket that is 68mm wide. The bottom bracket utilizes bearings that are much larger than a traditional bottom bracket, which should theoretically cause them to be more durable. The BB30 standard is more than just a new standard however, as it offers increased crank stiffness, better pedaling efficiency, lighter weight, and reduced Q-factor/U-factor (foot stance/ankle clearance).  The main disadvantage comes when it’s time to service your BB30 as it requires new tools and techniques compared to BSA (threaded) BB’s or even BB85/90. Unfortunately, this means that BB30 maintenance will be out of reach of most home mechanics.

However, if you’re the do-it-yourself champion, this guide should help you perfect the technique, and with a few additional tools you should have your BB30 up and running in no time. Many of the tools pictured are professional level tools which we know are way too expensive for the few times you will need them, but most tools have a consumer model available that should do the job just fine. As always, if you are doubtful of your ability to perform any of the following steps, save yourself the hassle and take it to your local shop.

Ready? Dive in after the break!


Viaje Progress

This post is long over due, but the end of the season has been a marathon for us at Volagi, or maybe a century is more apropos. Our successful Kickstarter project took us right into Interbike where we got some face time with some of the best dealers across the nation, and even some world wide. The star of the show was of course the all new Viaje steel adventure road bike. It was amazing to see everyone’s reactions to a bike that can be so many things to so many people.

What better way to celebrate the end to a great season than with some beautiful raw frames just waiting for their final colors.

More after the jump.


Vote for Your Favorite Viaje Water Bottle Design!

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As you probably know, we are in the midst of a KickStarter campaign to help fund the production of our new steel adventure bike, the Viaje. There are four reward levels that will include our new Special Edition Camelbak Podium Viaje water bottle, at the $20, $50,  $120, and $230 pledge levels. When it came to designing a bottle, our graphic designer came up with a bunch of great ideas and we’ve been able to narrow it down to the three you see above. Help us chose the final bottle design and vote for your favorite! The winning bottle design will be announced at the end of the (hopefully) successful KickStarter Project!

Update: We should have mentioned to not pay any attention to the color of the actual bottle itself. The black bottles were simply mockups, and the final bottle will likely be clear! So bottle A. would probably end up printed in a color that shows up better on a clear bottle. Thanks!

Introducing the Viaje KickStarter Project!

All of us at Volagi are extremely excited to announce the Viaje KickStarter Project! (click link to go to Kickstarter) As many of you likely know, introducing a brand new bike from such a small company takes a lot of investment which is why we have employed the use of KickStarter. While the project won’t completely fund the production of the new bike, it will greatly help to offset the cost allowing us to produce the best bike possible so that we can get it out to dealers and riders as soon as possible.

Through KickStarter you will have the opportunity to call dibs on one of the very first Viajes for yourself, at a special KickStarter only price. Not only that, but we are running a special deal just for KickStarter where the Viaje XL Frame and complete bike will ship with the full carbon Viaje SL fork.

We know that not everyone is in the market for a new bike, so if you want to help us out there are also some really cool limited edition Viaje T Shirts and a Camelbak Podium Water Bottle as rewards for smaller pledges as well.

The Viaje KickStarter is live now, and can be found here.

It’s important to point out that we realize the KickStarter has the potential to take a few sales away from our valued dealers. As much as it pains us to do that, a successful KickStarter will propel the Viaje into production allowing us to be able to get this great new bike onto bike shop sales floors across the nation. Our aim is to provide the best possible product to our dealers and consumers and the KickStarter will help make that happen It has been quite a journey for us up to this point, and we appreciate you taking part of that journey and propelling us into the future!

Thank you.

Volagi Liscio: The Perfect Biathlon Training Tool?

Christian Bache thinks so. Meet Christian, Volagi’s first sponsored rider out of Sweden. Everyone I meet outside the industry are always quick to ask if we have any professional race teams that are riding out bikes, to which I reply that our bikes aren’t really designed to be race bikes – but a bike you would want to spend a lot of time on. Which is just perfect if your sport is mostly winter based and you need something to keep you in shape over the summer.

For those not familiar with the biathlon, it features an entertaining mix of cross country skiing and target shooting. With a gun. That you carry on your back while you ski. Sounds fun right?

According to Christian, biathlon is now the 4th most popular spectator sport in Sweden. Originally from Norway, Christian has lived in Sweden for 6 years now and is competing for his new home country, hoping to eventually make the Olympic team. In the mean time, Christian has been instrumental in creating the first professional Swedish biathlon team that includes both members from Norway and Sweden.

Check out Christian on his Liscio after the break!