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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:16 pm 
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I've lowered the weight on almost every part on my bike to the point were I'm not comfortable going any lower without sacrificing durability. Only area I could make a significant savings is the crankset. I've narrowed my choices to the Lightning and Clavicula.

Weight seems very close for both.

Quality seems to lean toward Lightning. Anyone purchase a Clavicula in the past year want to comment on the quality?

Price favors Lightning again.

Wait time to receive also seems in Lightning's favor.

I considered waiting for the EE Crank, but looks like both of these have it beat by almost 100g.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:29 pm 
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Actually, I think quality favors the THMs. Clavs are about 46 grams less than Lightnings. Lightnings are ugly but eh $/gr choice.
Get on the list for the AX Morpheus. Its 26 grams less than the Calv's.
Different Q factors too if that matters to you. Check out Madcows crankset shootout.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:30 pm 
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Not sure if you have read this, but Madcow did a cranks shootout test.
see http://fairwheelbikes.com/forum/viewtop ... =77&t=5991

I think the lightning has a few advantages, preloadable bb bearings and quarq compatible.
I believe they changed the graphics too.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:32 pm 
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That was almost instantaneous synchronized posting TWIN :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:33 pm 
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Yes- so spooky I deleted my edited post which was yours verbatim.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:52 pm 
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you 2 gonna hug now ?? :P

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:55 pm 
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I've had the Clavicula but did not like the wide Q angle. I've been on VumaQuads for over two years now. The standard beings were very smooth but I recently upgraded to the ceramic bearings and like them even more. Mine came in at 592 grams and now 580 with the new bearings. I may eventually get some Fibrelyte rings which would put in the same weight range as the Clav's but as is they are awesome just the way there are.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:12 pm 
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you 2 gonna hug now ?? :P

Its an inside joke. You are our second cousin twice removed with the R3SL and then following with the EP.

I forgot about the Zipps mainly due to chain ring sizes and the lack of tests/reviews of the 4 bolt with Di2.

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I'm running Vuma quads with Fibrelyte rings - a big improvement in my opinion and totally removes the issue of limited ring size options from Zipp. Must admit I am certainly giving some thought to the Morpheus!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:14 am 
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I read madcow's crankset comparison before posting. He definitely states his main concern with the Caviculas was their durability. He names a number of reported issues, none of which are mentioned about the Lightning, though I agree the Caviculas are much better looking.

That was one of the feedback hopes I had for this posting. The comparison as done early 2009, I hoped a few of you had made recent Cavicula purchases and refute those issues. The Vumas are nice, but I prefer to have no limits on which chainring choices.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:44 am 
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THM crankset has been around much longer and more widely used (in WW league) so it is not surprising there are fewer (if any) failures with lightning cranks. AFAIK it is the only crank with carbon spindle and spline out there though..

Anyway I suggest ZIPP or THM. If you are ready to spend some serious money to your bike you cannot ignore how it looks..


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I've been using lightning cranks for a year now. No issues, I really like them, other than I bought mine before they offered them w/out the ugly logo. I'm running them w/ a stronlight 50t and extralite 34t ring, the set up comes in somewhere around 580-590g.

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i don't like the looks of the lightning. but it's probably more durable than the clavicula. just go for the zipp vumaquad. it has looks and the quality.


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I'm waiting for my Lightning cranks (I ordered mine without graphics). Bang for buck they're hard to beat. Yeh, you can get lighter but at a huge outlay of cash. My vote is buy the Lightnings. :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:31 am 
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I have been riding the THM Clavicula for about 2 years now. I really like them. More importantly, I had a problem with them a while back and THM repaired them entirely free of charge despite them being well outside the warranty. I don't know much about Lightning, but the THM work perfectly and the customer service is second-to-none. That has to count for something.

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