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  1. #1
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    Crankset for heavy guys, yes I did a search...

    I just got into mountain biking a few weeks ago. Bought a Focus Black Forest 2.0 with the Rockshox Silver something forks, kinda beefy and Shimano Deore cranks.

    Anyways I finally started getting off the city bike trails and into the dirt. First time I had to hammer down I felt some serious flex and heard a nasty metallic pop come from the cassette or maybe chain ring. I've got a bad ratchey (is that a word) noise coming off the bottom of the bike in the gears somewhere now.

    I have not yet looked into the problem going to do that today after work.

    Anyways, to the point. I'm between 5-11 and 6' and weigh 260. Im in the catagory of not all fat but not all muscle. I know from experience that even with a ghandi prison diet and strenuous exercise getting below 230 probably wont happen.

    What crank-set, can I get that will handle the torque? While I'm at it I want to convert to a 1x setup. I will learn how to do all my own work on the bike and I want it as simple as possible.

    I did a search on this and didn't get any solid leads. I see guys calling themselves heavy at 210 lbs, I'll still be 20lbs over that when its all said and done and I'm back in shape.

    Will a Shimano slx, Sram x9 or something similar be able to do it?

    I don't really care about weight. I want it tough and high quality enough to transfer to another bike if I ever manage to bust up the one I'm on.

    Thank you, I know its a long post.

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    Bluesky has SLX cranksets on sale for $100.

    Shimano Saint or Zee are also very strong.

    You don't even need to search. Just read threads. Try the Clyde and tall section.
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    Anything that is intended for downhill/freeride is likely what you want at that weight and especially if you start to ride harder. Shimano Saint, Zee, SRAM has some DH cranksets, and the Truvativ Holzfeller+howitzer BB is a pretty strong combo at a reasonable price.
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    Thanks guys. I did quite a bit of reading. I did this in the clyde section and had a couple of guys tell me the deore cranks I have should be no issue at all with the weight.

    I did manage to bend the chainring a little it seems so I'll have to look into that.

    If the set I have now doesn't hold up the Shimano Saint is definately the direction I'm going to go.

    Thanks again.

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    E13 cranks are the way to go. These don't use a spline on the non drive side. It uses a triangle shape interface. I'm not super heavy (190 lbs.) but I've worn out the splines on every crank I've ever owned and these E13s have been going strong for awhile.
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    At that weight just go for the Saint cranks totally tried and tested, I doubt very much you will have problems.

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