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    Clyde and Carbon Cranks?

    Today I test rode a XL Niner RIP 9 and it had SRAM XO crank. I'm 6'5 330lbs and it seem to hold up well in climbs. It seemed so much easier to pedal and light weight.

    I wanted to know if any other clyde's are using carbon cranks and if so what are you using?

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    Im six five as well, but 250 rtr. I am running the XX 2 x 10 crankset with no carbon trouble at all. They are a little banged up over the course of this year, but no worries. Love em. Light and stiff. Stiff enough for a 250 pounder anyway.

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    On my second set of Noir's. First one separated where it connects to the BB, not sure if it had anything to do with my 6' 235lb frame. Got about 1000 miles on the new set w/o issue

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    I've been riding Sram XX for about 6 months. No problems, I just switched to X0 because I need to go to a lower gearing.

    I'm 5' 10" 270lbs.

    Also the X0 stuff is rated for downhill so it should be fine.
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    I've got a set of SRAM carbon s-2200 on my Enduro (stock cranks -- not sure how they compare to the XOs). When I looked at the bike, I had visions of carbon shattering on Porcupine Rim from rock strike or something. I haven't ridden the bike enough to evaluate them (only had it 2 weeks), but we'll see how it goes, I guess.
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    Also the Race Face Crankarm Boots are great for protecting the crank arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulrb02 View Post
    Also the Race Face Crankarm Boots are great for protecting the crank arms.
    I guess, but it seems a little ironic to go with carbon cranks to save a few grams, and add a few grams back for the covers. Honestly, I'd just as soon have good ol' metal cranks on the Enduro. But I'll ride what it came with until there is a reason to do otherwise, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    I guess, but it seems a little ironic to go with carbon cranks to save a few grams, and add a few grams back for the covers. Honestly, I'd just as soon have good ol' metal cranks on the Enduro. But I'll ride what it came with until there is a reason to do otherwise, I guess.
    I switched from X9 to XX and I do have to say the XX is noticeably stiffer. Being this is the clyde section, yes you will notice. So its not just the weight savings, it is also stiffer.
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    I'm 6'4" 230 lbs. I have the SRAM Red on my road bike and TT bike, but I have Shimano XT on my XXL Tallboy. I had a pedal strike on my MTB going about 15-18 mph. The strike was so hard, it threw my foot into my rear wheel, broke an Industry 9 spoke that impaled my leg, and I came as close to a serious wipe out as you can get. My friend in front of me said the crack of the pedal strike was so loud that it sounded like I was shot. The XT Crank has a NASTY gouge in it. I can't imagine that a carbon crank would have survived.

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