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    Cranks: XTR's or Race Face?

    I am trying to decide which cranks to get, new XTR's or Race Face Deus X-Type. Anyone have any advice?

    I have 175's on my bike now and am happy with that size, but was wondering if I should consider 170's? I am 5'7" and my in seam is 29.5. I do a lot of uphill's and would hate to loose power, but don't know much about pro's/con's of changing my crank length.

    Thanks for the help!

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    XTR... I would stick to 175mm unless you are having clearance problems... I run 170s for a bit...the diff is not that big.. but it felt weird somehow... I guess they would work if you do high RPMs or something...

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    Depends how much $$ you have as either is great.
    Riding F/S since oct 94'

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    I just replaced my RF Deus XC with the 07 XTR. The XTR is easier to install and adjust and shifts substantially better.

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    the crank shifts better?
    I don't follow.

    OP: you're good either way, if I were you I'd tend towards whichever I could find cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowMongoose
    the crank shifts better?
    I don't follow.
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    Chainring ramps and pin grabs the chain more positively. RF chainrings are good but not AS good as Shimano in this regard.

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    I had the same dilemna earlier this year. Due to financial constraints, I elected to get the RF Deus XC..... heck of a lot cheaper than the XTR M970's. I heard people complain about how difficult it is to install but as long as you read the manual, determine your chainline and BB shell size first, you should not have a problem. If money is not an object, go for the XTR. If it is an issue like me though, you will be happy with the RF Deus just the same.

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    ah, the chainrings, not the cranks...
    I was thinking, he's out of his mind!
    gotcha.

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    The 2007 XTRs have a nasty habit of bruising my ankle like a knife. Perhaps because of my leg size... bummer. Whatever you decide on, take it for a ride to find out how it fits.

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    Rf rings last longer and the whole lot is cheaper, XTR bb lasts longer and better shifting rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by si,s
    Rf rings last longer and the whole lot is cheaper, XTR bb lasts longer and better shifting rings.
    The new XTR with a Ti middle ring should last a loooong time. It better, since I can't even imagine how much a replacement Ti ring would be. The cool thing is that the BCD is now not unique to XTR so any number of aftermarket (or XT) rings will fit.

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    I would go with the RF Deus. Can't beat it for the money. Get the silver finish and your cranks will look good for years. I don't understand why so many people complain about setting up these cranks. Follow the instructions and they are a breeze to install. My only complaint is the BB, it will go tits up after frequent water crossings.

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