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    Non-Shimano crankset shifting quality?

    I'm trying to decide on a light crankset to replace the boat anchor hybrid Hollowtech that came stock on my wife's 2004 Stumpjumper FSR.

    Are there any particular brands of non-Shimano cranksets with a reputation for poor quality shifting? I've never been very impressed with the Bontrager that came on her old bike, a Trek 8000 WSD. Any other brands to avoid?

    Frankly, she has enought trouble with smooth shifting without adding a finicky set of chainrings to the mix...

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    Sugino and TA are the best non-Shimano 'rings

    I haven't had much luck with any OEM cranks/chainrings, Truvative, ICON, mystery brand, etc. Also haven't had any good Raceface experiences.
    Shimano's stock rings are generally head and shoulders above the rest of the makers. Its too bad that the replacement big ring usually costs as much as a new crankset and that they have continued to make up silly bolt circle diameters and 4 bolt cranks and rings.

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    you want new rings not a new crankset.

    Blackspire or Middleburn Slickshift Hardcoat (if you can get them in the US) are superb.

    Race Face if you cant get a set of the above.

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