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Praxis Works makes a range of bottom brackets for press-fit shells designed to end creaking and assure correct alignment. The "Conversion" bottom bracket is made from two aluminum shells that thread together. Both sides press into the shell's standard bearing sockets, but that's where the similarity ends. as the halves thread together, they are pulled tightly into the sockets, so the BB can't rock and creak. Then, the drive side expands like a collet, against a special plastic ring that anchors the unit and further prevents creaking by eliminating metal-to-metal contact on the most highly stressed half of the assembly. Prices range from $45 to $75 USD.
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We are partnering up with QBP to share some of their marketing resources. We're hiring a US marketing manager to push our product into the consumer world and try to raise some brand awareness, and also to help with customer support in the US. We are starting to do well with the OEMs now. Specialized spec'ed us on two models this year.
Anything new in the pipe? Is 12-speed around the corner?
Not yet, because we are not sure what the hub will be like if Shimano has a 12-speed cassette. It will probably be a different hub and we are trying to go with their standards.
So, is Microshift tied into Shimano's products?
We are all Shimano compatible. When SRAM and Shimano compete against each other, they tend to release the new stuff faster and faster. We know that Shimano makes a really good quality product. When they build a new product, it's not just 100 percent A lot of times, they ensure their product is 120 percent before they release it. SRAM's products, they want to move faster, but there are a lot of times when, like 12 speed, some things are not functioning well perfectly. And, we know that, even though SRAM moves faster, when Shimano releases their 12 speed, that a lot of the industry will move back to Shimano.