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    Recommend a Crankset

    What's a good mid-range crankset? Just for trail riding and 3 speed. Probably not looking to spend more than $150. Does the bottom bracket come with the crankset?

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    close to your budget and comes with a BB. Mine have been great.

    RaceFace Turbine Crank Arms 2012 | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by blammo585 View Post
    What's a good mid-range crankset? Just for trail riding and 3 speed. Probably not looking to spend more than $150. Does the bottom bracket come with the crankset?
    For $150, Shimano Deore or SLX new, or XT second hand.

    Bought new all Shimano cranks come with a bb, normal English threaded type, if you have a press fit frame you need to get a press fit bb separately.

    At the cheapest, this is a proper external bearing crankset for $50.
    Shimano FC M542S Triple Crankset | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com
    I have the original 2007 model this is descended from, weighs about 1kg and solid as a rock.

    Eighty bucks: Shimano Deore LX FC-M582 Crankset | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com

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    Another vote for the Shimano SLX. You can get the "old" style rather cheaply at the moment from CRC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan GSR View Post
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    +1. It's basically a SRAM X7 in disguise and lighter than the Shimano SLX. Mine has instant shifts up front even with a low end der (Shimano Altus).

    Also much better looking than the SLX.


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    Nice gearing at 22-32-44t and don't have that 'bent' feeling that most cranksets do. The GXP bearings are great as well and strong. They have been on sale at Jenson recently for $99 for the 170mm IIRC. I grabbed my 175's off Amazon for ~$140 a few weeks ago. Been fantastic so far.
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