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.