Greetings folks. As you know we’ve been having a lot of discussion about designs and materials. Well, we are still having these discussions and we’ve got more questions. Today, I want to ask you for your feedback on cut to length seat tubes and press in bottom brackets.
One of our goals here at Salsa is to always be intentional in our designs. Use the right material for the right job. Design products for specific functions. This goal of intentional design isn’t unique. I think several companies right now are doing it well including us. So, onto our question.
Recently, we are seeing a trend in the bike industry to move to cut to length seat tubes and new bottom brackets where bearings either press in or rest in the frame on races built into the bb shell. For those that may not be watching the industry too closely, I’ll do my best to explain. Frames with cut to length seat tubes come with a very long seat tube and you actually cut the frame to get your proper seat height. Good ones come with some sort of minimal seat tube length adjustment. Frames with the new bottom brackets either have races for bearings or in some cases, the cups press directly into the BB shell much like a standard threadless headset.
So…in both cases I could clearly argue that these two designs are both forward and backward thinking in terms of intentional design. I don’t want to lead this discussion so with that said, we want to know what you think? Are these concepts forward or backward advancements in bicycle design?
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.