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    New question here. Stick with compact 5-bolt crank?

    I am replacing my 1995 XT crank. It has the 5 bolt "compact" chainrings. The crank and rings are pretty well shot. I am also going from 175mm to 170mm cranks. I would like to stick with a square tapper / 5 bolt crank. I have a few new square taper BBs. I also like being able to use a 20t granny with the 5 bolt design. (I also hear a lot of negative stuff about splined BBs).

    Problem is, it is near impossible to find such a crank any more. It is also getting difficult to locate rings. Do I need to move on and get the splined 4 bolt cranks with the 22t granny? Or... where can I locate a crank like I want?

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    You can still order some stuff

    Rings won't be a problem finding. Any bike shop can order just about any size that you need. In terms of cranks, Cook Bros and Middleburn are the ones that come to mind that are still doing the 94/58 bcd tapered cranks. also has some AC cranks (with rings) for about $110. I've done a sh!teload of research on the 94/58 5 arms for a 29er I'm thinking of building where I need the 20 tooth granny. E-mail me if you've got any other questions.

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