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Signs of the Coming Apocalypse - Shimano Bottom Brackets(14 posts)

Signs of the Coming Apocalypse - Shimano Bottom BracketsGregory Taylor
Nov 29, 2002 12:02 PM
Call me the Nashbar Nostradamus, but you'll be thanking me later.

I was thumbing through the latest "Holiday" edition of the Nashbar catalog, looking at my favorite section -- the CLOSEOUTS -- when I saw it. Nashbar is "Closing Out" their upper-end (UN72, etc.) square-tapered bottom brackets.

Crap.

Why is this important? Well, I've found Nashbar to be a fairly predictable bell-weather for the availability of certain Shimano parts. If Nashbar does a "close out" on a certain item, it means that it is probably no longer readily available from their suppliers. Take, for example, eight-speed cassettes. Nashbar did a similar "Closeout" of Ultegra-quality 8-speed cassettes about 8 months ago. And, wouldn't you know it, after that "Closeout" good quality new 8-speed cassetes (at least in the 12-21 range that I want) have become rather thin on the ground.

And now it looks like Shimano is doing the same thing to its square-tapered bottom brackets. The good stuff will eventually dry up, and we will have to be happy with the heavy, crappy stuff that Shimano makes for its low-end lines.

This is bad news for the millions of us riders using non-OctaLink Shimano cranks. My advice: buy a couple of bottom brackets in the sizes that you need while they are cheap and available.
You just beat me to the post...cory
Nov 29, 2002 12:07 PM
Saw the same thing last night, and I thought, "Might as well order it--I'll need one someday." Then it dawned on me that every time they put something on clearance, it disappears from the market within a few months.
re: Signs of the Coming Apocalypse - Shimano Bottom Bracketspmf1
Nov 29, 2002 12:18 PM
Or buy them on e-bay for $87.

At least square taper BB are not a Shimano exclusive thing. Other mfg make them, some very expensive, light and fancy.
re: Signs of the Coming Apocalypse - Shimano Bottom BracketsHeron Todd
Nov 29, 2002 1:58 PM
>Nashbar did a similar "Closeout" of Ultegra-quality 8-speed cassettes about 8 months ago. And, wouldn't you know it, after that "Closeout" good quality new 8-speed cassetes (at least in the 12-21 range that I want) have become rather thin on the ground.

Check your LBS. They can still get Ultegra and Dura Ace 12-21 8-speed cassettes from QBP.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
Tullio's Big Dog Cyclery
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
http://www.heronbicycles.com
http://www.tullios.com
re: Signs of the Coming Apocalypse - Shimano Bottom Bracketscurlybike
Nov 29, 2002 3:12 PM
I just tried to get a un-72 from QBP, out of stock. Hope it does not continue.
re: Signs of the Coming Apocalypse - Shimano Bottom BracketsHeron Todd
Nov 30, 2002 8:38 AM
>I just tried to get a un-72 from QBP, out of stock. Hope it does not continue.

I think that this is the result of the UN-72 being phased out and the new UN-73 just being introduced. This already happened with the UN-52 and UN-53, and you'll find UN-53 in stock in most sizes.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
Tullio's Big Dog Cyclery
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
http://www.heronbicycles.com
http://www.tullios.com
re: Signs of the Coming Apocalypse - Shimano Bottom Bracketsgtx
Nov 30, 2002 10:29 AM
what's the story on the UN73? Before the UN72 there was a UN71--very little difference between them as far as I could tell...
re: Signs of the Coming Apocalypse - Shimano Bottom BracketsHeron Todd
Nov 30, 2002 1:47 PM
>what's the story on the UN73? Before the UN72 there was a UN71--very little difference between them as far as I could tell...

I haven't checked one out yet, but in the past, the "upgrades" have been mostly to the seals.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
Tullio's Big Dog Cyclery
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
http://www.heronbicycles.com
http://www.tullios.com
I was waiting for this to happengtx
Nov 29, 2002 4:48 PM
I already have a few spares in different sizes and threads, but I guess I better stock up... You can always go Phil Wood, though...
re: the sky is fallingcyclopathic
Nov 30, 2002 5:34 PM
here's a bit of story on 17.95$ price. I have called them back in Sep and had them match price to Jenson (which was 17.95$ then) Jenson got their price back up, NB must have missed it.

With respect on UN-72 going south what would you expect? it is out of '03 (and '02) catalog, so this is it. They did keep UN-52, so you can either downgrade, do maitenance on your UN-72, swap bearings or buy something else. NB deluxe BB looks like a replacement.
Hey Greg, how's the new Dean treating ya?!sn69
Dec 1, 2002 7:30 AM
Hey Greg, how's the new Dean treating ya?!curlybike
Dec 1, 2002 8:04 AM
Greg ran into a hitch. His mechanics's father passed away causing a delay in construction. The work should resume today.
That's sad. Sorry to hear about it. nmsn69
Dec 1, 2002 11:02 AM
re: Signs of the Coming Apocalypse - Shimano Bottom Bracketsharry hall
Dec 1, 2002 8:43 AM
Don't panic--there are still many, many high quality, moderately priced square-spindle bb's for those of us who ride components of the pre-fraudulent era. Tange, FSA, on the cheap end, Phil Wood, Race Face, TA, and others at the high end.