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    CrankArm Help Please!

    What's up everyone,
    I'm quite new to the mountain bike game, but really enjoy riding bikes and dirtbikes, so I went with buying a mountain bike (kind of the middle of riding a bike and dirtbike..atleast for me )

    Really enjoyed riding my bike constantly, for about two weeks, but ran into a small problem. It was always hard to screw a pedal into one of my crank arms and I noticed the other day that the pedal (shimano) was very loose. I took the pedal off with a wrench (no trouble at all) and realized all the threads inside of the crank arm were gone. This brings me to the point of buying a new crank arm. I have a 2004 specialized enduro expert, and it says it has Shimano Hollowtech II Crankarms. Could I simply buy a hollowtech crankarm off the internet and do it myself? I've been looking around, but I don't really know exactly what to look for, and haven't found much. I know my pedals fit a 9/16 crankarm, but that's about all I know!!!!
    Any help would be muchhhhh appreciated because I wanna get back to riding!
    Thanks,
    Jake

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    it might be hard to find just a single crankarm. see if your local bike shop has any. but if you can find a single crankarm you should be able to install it yourself. check the repair section at parktool.com.

    when you do reinstall your pedals remember that your left pedal has reverse threaded. put a little grease on the threads before putting the pedals back on.

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    In all fairness, deore hollowtech cranks aint expensive anyway - and they do the job well.

    Depending on how old your current set it - it might be a better option as you get new rings and bearings thrown in.


    Just throwing another option up in the air for you.

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    Anyone have a good link I can look at? Hopefully cheap

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    $100 Shimano LX here

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    SR Suntour, I'd say

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    Looked up the suntours

    http://www.amazon.com/SR-Suntour-Cra.../dp/B000C14HO2

    Says it is offset from shimano, what does that mean?

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    Anyone??

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    BigJake,

    Well, if you are running a Hollowtech II crank, you will not be able to run that SR crankarm, as it is for a square taper bottom bracket. If I am not mistaken, the Hollowtech II cranksets are the external BB cranks, which use a spline attachment on the crankarm. The thing is, any decent bike shop should be able to order a new arm for you. Quality Bike Products (QBP) is a distributor that almost every shop uses and they offer many single arms. Good luck!

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    Hollowtech or Hollowtech 2 ?

    Hollowtech 2 is the one for external bearings and you can see through the crank axle.

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