Unior Bottom Bracket Tool: BSA 30

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Unior, as you may know by now, makes all of its tools in the European Union.  That means fair labor rates, good environmental practices, and of course really big steins of pilsner.  Have you seen those beer spas, where you can take a bath in a tub of beer?  Good beer too, not some Keystone Light spa action.  I feel like I’d wanna be pre-clean, like really clean, before I went in, so I could just have a mug and dip it in the tub occasionally.  Where goes the beer after you have had your spa moment?  Is there a pub downstairs for people who just don’t give a shit? 

In other news, we dig the BSA 30 bottom bracket ‘standard’.  There are no standards any more of course, but this one has been around for at least I dunno, 7 years?  It works well.  Bearing durability is really good, and you can easily get replacement bearings.  BSA stands for Birmingham Small Arms, really, not made up.  BSA was an OG maker of bike parts back in the early 20th century.  They made bikes, bike parts, and of course… guns.  That’s why their head badge is 3 rifles stacked against each other.  Shimano and Suntour both ripped that off back in the day, and used similar icons for their logos.  They did that because BSA was the real deal, inventing standards for other brands to copy.  One of those standards is the threaded bottom bracket shell, which has been with us for over 120 years, more or less unchanged.  

For 100 of those 120 years, (yes there are exceptions, I know about Sweet Wings, don’t send me an angry email) bottom brackets were designed to house the bearings within the confines of the shell of the bottom bracket.  External bottom bearing bottom brackets picked up steam about 20 years ago, but were plagued by bad durability.  Even today, Shimano’s bottom brackets have a wicked short lifespan.  Why I am telling you all of this?  I have no idea.  Point is, the best external bearing bottom brackets are made by either Enduro, White Industries or Wheels Manufacturing, and this here Unior tool is what you need to install or remove said bottom brackets.  That and a ratchet with a 1/2 driver.  

Aluminum, so they won’t mar the bottom bracket cups like a steel tool would.  Anodized red, so you know they’re fast. 

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