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    Crank with q-factor less than 169mm?

    I'm having a hell of a time finding a crankset with a q-factor less than 169mm. My requirements:
    • 175mm arms
    • 22/32/44 rings
    • 50mm chainline
    I'm currently using Crank Bros Cobalt SLs, and want something a little narrower. I've also tried Race Face Deus XCs, and the chainline and shifting weren't that great. Same with Shimano's FC-M952. My budget is $300-$350. ISIS would be preferred, but square taper would be OK, too.

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    Out of curiosity, any reason a 47.5mm chainline won't work? That's pretty standard for a ISIS crankset and a 113mm spindle?

    Ritchey made ISIS cranksets and they were known to have pretty narrow q-factors...they still show up on E-bay pretty regularly.

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    my old school race face turbines (square taper) with a phil wood 113 bb on my bike is 164mm

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    The 50mm chainline goes hand-in-hand with 169mm+ q-factor cranks. If you already have M952 cranks, look for a 952 derailleur on ebay and your shifting should be fine. I assume you tried to use the M952 cranks with a newer, 50mm chainline derailleur?

    I read on this forum somewhere that Middleburn cranks are around 164mm q-factor, but they are probably 47.5 chainline as well.

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    Middleburn RS7 are 167-168mm Q-factor and 50mm chainline, ISIS version with 113mm BB.

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    White Industries VBC

    You could check out White Industries VBC crank. That will probably be my next crank. I saw them at the NAHBS and they were sweet. They come in square taper only.

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