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    your favorite crankset

    cross posted: Drivetrain - shifters, derailleurs, cranks

    what's your favorite crankset of all time?

    is it biopace?

    shimano XTR?

    four bolt?

    five bolt?

    or is it the prettiest one?

    two of my favorites were the race face turbine anodized cranksets from the mid nineties and the other being shimano XT from the mid 2000's.

    tells about everything you love that's cranky, with lots of pictures!

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    your favorite crankset-book-gazelle2.jpg

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    Curved both ways, depending on your understanding of the "science" and whether you want leverage or to reduce the dead spot xD
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    If we go looks wise...then the AC? titanium cranks, m900 xtr and race face turbines/ i think of yester year
    performance wise probably m950 xtr or pretty much ever XT crank ever.

    for giggles of sillyness, then magic motorcycle cranks (not that Coda junk, buyout or after)
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    If we go looks wise...then the AC? titanium cranks, m900 xtr and race face turbines/ i think of yester year
    performance wise probably m950 xtr or pretty much ever XT crank ever.

    for giggles of sillyness, then magic motorcycle cranks (not that Coda junk, buyout or after)
    yeah, XT cranks are pretty much bombproof in my opinion.

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    ah I forgot, AC's were CNC aluminium, it was the Onza's that were Ti...


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    No idea how good tey were ( i think all the onza's broke, like grafton joystix...thats another one), but they sure looked cool.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    I would suggest you get some input from Picard, but you may end up with some rather obscene responses.
    Stick around if you're housebroken...

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    As mentioned by the OP - my annodized Race Face Turbine LP from the '90s AND my previous generation (with the Hirth link) S-Works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    As mentioned by the OP - my annodized Race Face Turbine LP from the '90s AND my previous generation (with the Hirth link) S-Works.
    Remember the RF Next LP Carbon wrapped cranks from the early 2000's? I never used them but they sure had a nice look.

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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Remember the RF Next LP Carbon wrapped cranks from the early 2000's? I never used them but they sure had a nice look.

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    those were nice in red and in black.

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    Morati Ti cranks were probably the craziest component I've fondled. The price tag on them was $850 in 1999.

    At that time, I had a set of IRD Vortex steel cranks. Super light and stiff. I wish I still had them.

    I also wish I still had the pair of chromed Bulleseye cranks that had a retro fitted XTR BB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8zen View Post
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    Curved both ways, depending on your understanding of the "science" and whether you want leverage or to reduce the dead spot xD
    Huh? The distance from the axle center is the distance from the axle center, regardless of the circuitous path it took to get there.
    One gear is all you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Huh? The distance from the axle center is the distance from the axle center, regardless of the circuitous path it took to get there.
    The word from the underground is that the shape makes use of flex in some useful manner...
    - 3rd picture: crank length increases as you apply force.
    - 2nd pic: winds up and stored force is returned in the deadstroke *shrug*

    Part of the Pardo museum of bad ideas. I don't know much about 'em, but there's a mtbr thread here that might have more info. To me, it's marketed like biopace (2nd pic) and a modern elliptical/oval chainring (3rd pic).

    Shimano just makes their cranks super stiff (100+ N/mm). Others, not so much: RF Turbine 64 N/mm, SRAM XO carbon 78 N/mm (source). Square taper crank stiffness is a joke compared to these (source, test assumes crank flex is wasted energy).
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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    those were nice in red and in black.
    Titanium square taper BB. #proasfek
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    My favorite is the one I was born with.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    First generation RaceFace Next LP Carbon wrapped cranks. I have close to 6k miles on them and they are still going strong on my commuter bike. Original titanium BB included.

    your favorite crankset-20160815_155609_zpsvu0fur1h.jpg
    Making shit harder than it needs to be isn't awesome, it's just...harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Huh? The distance from the axle center is the distance from the axle center, regardless of the circuitous path it took to get there.
    Same thing I thought when he posted that some 17 hours ago. I didn't have the balls to look stupid if I was wrong.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    My favorite is the one I was born with.
    i'm very proud of ya'...

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    Late 80's Specialized cold-forged flag cranks.
    M900 XTR
    Magic Motorcycle
    RaceFace Turbine
    XT M8000

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    Shimano FC-7300, Dura-Ace AX. The coolest of the vintage cranks with the crazy in axle bearings.
    zero stack height pedals
    your favorite crankset-ff90815b-0b7a-4caf-87c2-6a2b1f222ca9.jpeg
    Making shit harder than it needs to be isn't awesome, it's just...harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbn921 View Post
    Shimano FC-7300, Dura-Ace AX. The coolest of the vintage cranks with the crazy in axle bearings.
    zero stack height pedals
    Whoa. That's awesome! I've wondered for years why there wasn't some better way to attach pedals. I saw the flytrap ones...
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    No Kooka?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Same thing I thought when he posted that some 17 hours ago. I didn't have the balls to look stupid if I was wrong.
    Hell, I'll risk it.
    One gear is all you need.

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    XTR 9 speed.

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    These are my favorite. Used them on a couple of bikes, but now they sit in my showcase.
    They have a removal spider and used a square taper bottom bracket. These were first shot penned, bright dipped, they anodized a vibrant blue. These are from 1998.
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    My favorites were Sweet Wings

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    ^Nice one.

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    Lots of cool stuff on here, but I've got to make a plug for the White Industries M30 cranks.
    30mm spindles are where it's at. Functionally they have different chainline options which is nice. I think they look super cool, but best of all they're made in the USA by people who really care a lot and that is awesome.

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    Very pretty bike
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    XTs. Double. Narrow wide on the outer. Granny stays on for a manual shift. Cheap, light, durable. All three.

    Old five bolt, compact cranks were great as they took a 28t on the outer spot.

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    No carambra double barrel?
    What does Marsellus Wallace look like, A BIT*H?

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    XX1 from 2013-4 or something, I have beat it to hell and back with several DH and enduro races, mounted on two different bikes. It's one of those parts that if it just spontaneously exploded tomorrow, I would not be sad, but it's still going strong. As a comparison, I recently cracked the pedal insert in some Next SL cranks I bought only about a year ago.

    So while warrantying the Nexts, I put on the old standard, Turbines. I always loved the industrial look of them.

    Shimano hollowtech have a better interface, no question, but shimano stalled out with crank development IMO.
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    No Crank Brother's cranks?, the part they were too inept to design and manufacture that was actually part of their NAME.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    Any of the Shimano Hollowtech II cranks with the 4 bolt 104/64 spider and the standard end cap and pinch bolt arm. From the 2005 XT M760s onwards.

    Although the original SLX M665 and XTR M980 cranks are the picks of the bunch.

    They're kind of like mid range Toyotas, everyone's had at least one set and nobody really remembers anything about them except that they worked and never gave any trouble.

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    No Crank Brother's cranks?, the part they were too inept to design and manufacture that was actually part of their NAME.
    Do any of the Cobalt SL cranks actually still exist or did they all turn to dust on exposure to water?

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    Shimano Zee. Fool proof, built like a tank and dirt cheap.

    Blingy though they are not, for that there's Hope.
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    My 1990 Cook Bros Racing RSR on my Fat Chance Yo Eddy. Flexy as Sh_t but super cool!

    Today I run RF Next SL carbon.

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    These were THE cranks to have back in my BMX days (circa 1982). About $180 back then, so naturally I had the $12 one piece Takagi.your favorite crankset-rlcranks1-11.jpg

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    Not sexy but the Sram/Truvative direct mount. Remove the spider & replace with a single ring. Running these on all of my bikes.
    No moss...

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    Sq taper XT, 3x9 mt cranks, 64/104. Still running like 3 of them, no issues, work just fine.

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