|Back in the day, you could adjust, rebuild, and make it last.|
The thing that made me think here was that the BB-30 uses a pressed in set of bearings which, when they get slop in them, they have to be replaced. That is not necessarily an easy thing to accomplish either. Contrast this with an old square taper bottom bracket I installed the day before. If it developed a little slop, you could adjust the bearing pre-load, without removing the crank set. Let's say something like that was introduced today. It would be lauded as a brilliant, consumer friendly development. Trouble is, it doesn't play into the "stiffer is better" philosophy that many bicycle companies adhere to, and it isn't proprietary, which for some strange reason is seen as being a bad business decision.
Well, I find it ironic that almost every entry level road bike we stock has.....square taper cranks. They use a cheesy, pseudo-cartridge bottom bracket, but still. Then, moving up a notch in spec, maybe you go to a two piece crank with a Shimano cup system. Then, on higher level models, you go to an abundance of stupidly designed, non-serviceable bottom bracket styles. If you are not a racer, which most folks are not, wouldn't it make a lot more sense to use the threaded shell, a serviceable bottom bracket, a three piece crank, and on more expensive rigs, the lighter, easier to remove and install two piece Shimano style cranks? It seems many manufacturers are starting to gravitate towards this idea after several years of nonsensical bottom bracket designs which have not really worked out very well.
The "standards" argument, well.......I am not adhering to that philosophy. I worked in the bicycle business when there were still myriads of serviceable spindles, at least four types of threaded cup variants, and 73mm and 68mm width bottom bracket shells. This required the first shop where I worked to have an eight row wide, four foot high machinists cabinet which was full of different spindles. Cups and lock rings were in another cabinet and bearings in another. Don't tell me how it was better "in the old days". No. It was just as bad, if not worse, when it came to "standards", which I find is a completely different subject than "serviceability", and we won't even get into longevity!