I have a friend that bought a pair and received them two weeks ago, he has already bent one of the arms
Is that spider arm or crank arm?
I'd be curious to see how this crankset does in Fairwheel bikes next crank shoot out, assuming that there will be one. I still think that the Clavicula is the bench mark, in appearance, stiffness vs weight and the fact that it's now effectively an old design. The new Sram Red is a nice crankset and very light, but at the end of the day it's just another mass produced crankset, just with a manufacturer that's starting to exploit the abilities of carbon fibre that THM have been doing for some time. I'm still reserving judgement on the Ciamillo crankset, there just seems to be a lot still going on.
The design is really where it needs to be now. With the changes to the pinning of the carbon tubes, the cranks really perform. We've put a significant amount of effort behind it with mating a power meter as well to it. This was reviewed in bike rumor about 2-3 weeks ago and have done a few road races and criteriums on the crank in an effort to see where we could find fault. Each issue we encountered, Ted has addressed with changes to the design. What you're seeing now in the latest release is a crank, non-power meter and power meter versions, is one where there has been a lot of input placed into it by a lot of knowing people. Delays are to be expected, if you look at the earlier post from someone else, they cited that Ted works all flaws out and sometimes it is to his detriment in delivery.
As long as all customers are aware of that it's fine. I get the impression from a few people that they've been expecting a flawless crankset from day one.
Another thing is to really look beyond the weight of the crank. The weight is awesome, however, the crank itself is more impressive to us in terms of stiffness and power transfer when compared to a Sram, THM, or Rotor. The crank is clearly superior on even the tactile feel of it and we're seeing much less flex within the 130 and 110 bcd spiders (base line was use of Praxis chain rings and Rotor chain rings each).
Interesting. So are you saying that the crankset is stiffer than the three mentioned and is that just a personal impression or is that tested? Saying that a crank is 'clearly superior' to a THM crankset has got my attention. I've yet to see a better engineered crankset than what they do.