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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:04 pm 
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Mythical hit the nail right on the head.
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Cranksets are all a big compromise.


So far there is no crank which has been the super end-all-be-all kind of crank. You have to balance the characteristics which are right for you, weight, price, stiffness, looks, durability, fit, q-factor etc...

My recommendation would be to sit down and rank the different characteristics as they are important to you. That should help point you in the right direction. Honestly almost every crank I've tested is fine and a problem can be found with any of them.

Someone asked about the eecrank. Design/testing has been done for a while. The hold up has been with the machine shop. It's a long and sad story and ultimately doesn't matter. All I can say is i'm still hopeful to see something this year, but not certain.

One other new crank which I've been interested in lately is the smart foot. It looks to have the right mix of characteristics for me. With the 30mm spindle, larger arms and new bb design they seem to have addressed pretty much all of my concerns with their previous crank.

Oh, and about that DA carbon crank, if you really want one, I still have one or two that I tucked away.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:52 pm 
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i realy like the look of the dura ace crank i think it will be my runner up if i dont get the clavicula or the ax see how much of my redundancy i have left after my wheel spending spree!!!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
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Where is that AX crank anyway :noidea: :noidea:

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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:21 pm 
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best crank:

lightning, can change the spider to fit all kind of chainrings like the sisl but without the creaking
also 30 mm axle that also will fit in a non bb30 frame same like the vuamquad
also can be obtained much cheaper then the german overpriced cranks like thm and ax
same weight like the germans



best looking crank:

record UT



bang for buck:

Dura ace 7800



most overpriced:

clavicula


most crappy:

stronglight and fs k light

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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:01 pm 
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If you got BB30: Canondale SISL


yes, if you got bb30, cannondale hollowgram SiSL


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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:06 pm 
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tochnics wrote:
most crappy:

stronglight and fs k light


My new Cannondale CAAD10 comes with the FSA SL-K light BB30 crank. Can you tell me what is so bad about this crank? Im planning to use it until I can afford a SI SL.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:53 pm 
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wouldent it be very interesting to trade in the crank while its new
so that you only have to pay the difference in price to the place where you buy it ?
no reason to pay for a crank that you are not tend to keep in the end anyway?

i dont like the way how the left crank fits and holds the axle with all fsa cranks
dont get me started of the older isis models to
the weight is never really light but the price is mostly the reason for buying

i know people are running campagnolo but i like the sram cranks more in the fsa price range
havent tried campagnolo cranks with the bb30 adapter

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:10 pm 
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Where is that AX crank anyway :noidea: :noidea:


Obviously they're working on it.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:04 am 
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tochnics wrote:
best crank:

lightning, can change the spider to fit all kind of chainrings like the sisl but without the creaking
also 30 mm axle that also will fit in a non bb30 frame same like the vuamquad
also can be obtained much cheaper then the german overpriced cranks like thm and ax
same weight like the germans

best looking crank: record UT
bang for buck: Dura ace 7800
most overpriced: clavicula
most crappy: stronglight and fs k light


Well you have a good point with the Dura Ace, but imo, the Lightning just seems like any other cheap but cheerful crankset. Not something I'm too impressed with unless you want something cheap. Record UT best looking? Really, I think it's quite ordinary. Clavicula most overpriced. Completely not true. It is very expensive but when you see the work that goes into it it's far better value for money than many cranks. There's not too many carbon bicycle products that impress my boss, the Clavicula cranks and my Storck C1.1 frame are about the only ones.

The comment previously about the Rival cranks was a good one. Definitely a good cheap option.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
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stephen@fibre-lyte wrote:
Well you have a good point with the Dura Ace, but imo, the Lightning just seems like any other cheap but cheerful crankset.


You don't like the build quality? Reliability? Lack of bling? The specs are good, the design is solid, it works well, and it's extremely modular.

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Dura Ace 7900, because when paired with Di2, it is the most impressive shifting I've ever seen on the front. And even the mechanical version, personally I believe has the best shifting using that chainring design


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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
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stephen@fibre-lyte wrote:
the Lightning just seems like any other cheap but cheerful crankset. Not something I'm too impressed with unless you want something cheap.


Seems to be or did you actually try one yourself ? It's hardly what I call cheap at 670$ either!

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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
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To be fair I haven't ridden one but on appearance, especially the carbon spider, I'm not overly impressed. There's nothing wrong with it, just like there's nothing wrong with an old FSA octalink crank, but I wouldn't buy one. I hadn't realised they were so costly, so may be just "cheerful" without the "cheap"?


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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:15 pm 
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djconnel wrote:
You don't like the build quality? Reliability? Lack of bling? The specs are good, the design is solid, it works well, and it's extremely modular.


Not sure of the reliability, but as for the other two, no can't say I'm that enamoured. It's light, but compared to other cranksets are the specs really that good? It may be extremely modular (as in you can change the spider?) but how often do most riders change their cranks? I'm not faulting it as such, but it certainly doesn't stand out (to me) in the way that many other cranksets do (just look at the crank shootout on fairwheelbikes)


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 Post subject: Re: Best Road Crankset
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Its stiffness results weren't great. But I'm not convinced stiffness more than "stiff enough" on a crank is important. Me on a Lightning is less flex than Cavendish on a Dura-Ace, I'm fairly sure.

On modularity: if I were to buy a BB30 frame, I could replace the Lightning bearings, and I could move it over. Or a press-fit frame. A crank is a fair investment, and being able to move it is a nice feature.

The bearings have adjustable pre-load. As such, they spin very smoothly compared to sets with fixed pre-load.

WRT weight: at that price, what other sub-600 gram cranks are there?

Your comments imply a "normal" (not "cheap") price for a crank is > $1k.

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