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    Shimano FC-M540-L Crankset and Help a noob

    Hey people...

    Show me what you know please... Your knowledge is great im sure

    I got a nice used Specialzed M2 Metal Matrix (1998 I think) MTB and decided to replace the the crankset. My bike came with a typically worn set Sugino Css III gears and Specialized Strongarm cranks (not sure what the BB is.) I bought a set of new Shimano FC-M540-L (Coded as "Deore" on the shimano website) with Hollowtech Octalink cranks and a shimano Es-30 bottom bracket for 60$us. I commute to my University and will start to hit the occasional easy trail.

    Good Replacement? Indifferent? Worse than what I had?

    Hopefully it's no worry... If i made a noob mistake then so be it. One of the reasons i ask is that i saw my old crankset sell for 67 bucks used on ebay today... but im balancing that against the fact that im seeing this shimano crankset on decently high end bikes (see links below.) So essentially all things being equal, i can sell those and break even whilst still upgrading to a NEW crankset.

    Thanks in advance! - Battle

    Bikes where Shimano FC-M540-L is appearing
    Scott Genius MC50 (2005) 1,499.99
    Avanti Hammer (2005) $1,919.00au

    Shimano FC-M540-L Features
    HOLLOWTECH crank arm construction
    Mega-9 gearing compatible chainrings
    DUAL SIS compatible
    OCTALINK BB Mount Interface

    Crank Arm

    Splined OctaLink Mount

    4-Arm Chainring

    Chain Super Narrow HG

    Number of Teeth 44-32-22T**

    Bolt Circle Diameter 104/64mm

    Crank Arm Length 170/175mm

    Crank Arms forged aluminum/hollow type

    Outer Chainring aluminum

    Middle Chainring steel

    Inner Chainring steel

    Chainring Bolts & Nuts - stainless steel (bolt), steel (nut)

    Chain Guard

    Last edited by Battle_Rattle; 06-26-2005 at 09:51 PM.

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