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    Are 170mm cranks (as opposed to 175mm) a bad idea for me at 6'7"

    I can get a great deal on some Truvativ Holzfeller cranks for my XL Vp-Free but only in 170mm. I've only ridden 175mm on my trail bike and I'm 6'7'' tall. Would i really notice the difference? Will the 170mm be OK? Thoughts?

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    Yep, and at 6'7" I would go even longer than a 175, I am 6'4" and I am swapped over to 180cm cranks and enjoy the increased leverage that they provide. The first weekend they were a little tougher to spin but quickly got used to them. Didn't find any increase in pedal hit's, if anything a little less as I became aware of pedal position while in technical areas

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    I believe you would be sorry with 170 cranks.

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    You should be running at least 180mm cranks at your height...170mm for your height would be a big mistake!

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    170s are way too short for you...! Even on a freeride bike. I'm only 6'3" and run 180s on both bikes. At your height I'd prolly be getting 190 or more. That's a lot of crank on a FR bike I guess, but you would prolly love it.

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    175mm have seemed fine on my Ventana El Capitan but I guess I haven't had anything to compare it to.

    I'm looking at Shimano Saint's or Truvativ Holzfeller's but I'm not going to find something like that in 180mm am I?

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    The Saint is available in 180mm...but it'll probably have to be a special order as I doubt anyone would carry them in stock

    Race Face makes their Atlas crankset in 180mm. It's not quite Holzfeller or Saint heavy duty, but it is an all-mountain crank.

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    I'm 6'2" with a 36" inseam and I think my 180 cranks are more noticeable (in a good way) than my 29" tires (please don't mention this to the 29er board, I might get banned).

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    No kidding...

    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestdummy
    I think my 180 cranks are more noticeable (in a good way) than my 29" tires (please don't mention this to the 29er board, I might get banned).
    ...kind of like when I said (on the Turner board) I didn't completely hate it when I test rode an Ellsworth Rogue when a buddy's LBS had a demo day and the Ells crew was there. They wanted me to turn in my Turner and burn my "homer" card! Your secret is safe with me...

    Brock...
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