I recently bought a Hammerhead 100x (yay!), and I had the new XT cranks put on the bike. After over 10 rides, an overhaul, and serious frustration, I have my old Race Face Turbine LPs back on my frame.
Both are the same length: 175mm.
I have noticed several things with the XT cranks:
- Major problems with the climbing, just felt like I was struggling (more than usual)
- The bearings felt like they just would never spin (even after an overhaul)
- My feet were too wide apart (at least a 1/4 inch on each side)
After I put my trusty Race Face back on the bike:
- Climbing was better (I was able to climb the usual hills)
- I was able to jump again
- Better balance
Not sure if it's being female, and I just don't have that wide of stance, but I have hated the XTs even after they were "broken in."
Are all the new X-type style bottom brackets like the XT? The XT just felt like I was peddling through molasses, and my Race Face would still pedal, no problems (even with a new square taper bracket).
Did I get a dud XT crankset? Do all the X-type BB have the same Q factor (distance from the crankarm to crankarm)? Help please!
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