Retro Looking Crank?

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Bling
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Hey Weight Weenies,

Here is a quick shot of my bike:

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Nashbar frame, PRO cockpit, Shimano 105 components, Easton SLX wheels, etc. The one thing I don't like is the crank. It is a Rotor 3D 53 x 39 with aero rings and an aero spider. It should be on my TT/tri bike...

So where can I find an industrial and retro looking chainset, that will perform as well as the Rotor? My preference is silver/chrome.

Recommendations Please!!
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by IchDien

Campagnolo Athena chrome version. Might run into some issues running that with 105, however.

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by r3awak3n

Not retro looking but might look good on that, the Hollowgram SL in silver (if frame is BB30)

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This one is polished which looks awesome.

Campy Athena is a good call as well and it should work fine with the 105.

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Last but not least and I think this could look really good, the White Industries VBC crankset. I have one and its a great crank and looks great. I have it in black but you can go chrome for a more classy look.

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r3awak3n wrote:Not retro looking but might look good on that, the Hollowgram SL in silver (if frame is BB30)

Campy Athena is a good call as well and it should work fine with the 105.

Last but not least and I think this could look really good, the White Industries VBC crankset. I have one and its a great crank and looks great. I have it in black but you can go chrome for a more classy look.


Thanks! Ya, I would have immediately gone for the Hollowgram, but it is a standard English BB... The White Industries crank looks perfect, I'm gonna try to find that.
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:) Its an awesome crank, super happy with mine. I have mine shifting a 50/32 on my gravel/touring bike and its perfect. Super easy to switch rings out too and looks great. Not cheap but not crazy expensive either.

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just put on an old dura ace square taper crank from ebay. 7700 version

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mike wrote:just put on an old dura ace square taper crank from ebay. 7700 version

You mean 7410 don't you? 7700 was splined.

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yes, thanks. any octalink or prior bb would be old school in my opinion.

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Not only looking retro but still keeping things unique I'd go with either the White Industries or the Paul:

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You could look at middleburn. British company do some nice chrome looking cranks

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Image theres a middleburn i was talking about

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Athena in 39-53.

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by odin99

sram rival in silver. though kinda hard to find nowdays

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by Bling

madcow wrote:Not only looking retro but still keeping things unique I'd go with either the White Industries or the Paul:


It looks like the Paul crank is only available for single speed. Damn.

Additionally, in my search for a 'retro' inspired crank it appears a square taper BB is the most common option. I have a little trepidation installing a square taper, because it's been about 17 years since I've used one. Is that justified?

I was thinking about ordering this one from Planet X USA (the aesthetics and price are perfec, but again it's square taper):

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Anyone have experience with it?

Thanks again for all the info everyone!
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Square taper BBs will stay for long. Have them on my steel bikes, just smooth perfection. Don't worry.

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