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    XT vs. LX cranks

    I asked this on the drivetrain forum. A couple of questions:

    Are the LX and XT external bottom brackets exactly the same. I know you could use either and they play fine together but are they actually the same bottom bracket. I have an XT crank on one bike and LX on the other and neither bottom bracket says XT or LX.

    I am trying to decide if I sould pull the LX off my race bike and throw the XT on it or are they so close that it is a waste of time. The LX is brand new and the XT is about a year old.

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    I have Hone and XT cranks... and they have the exact same BB cups... Hone is the same as LX, just different finish...

    The biggest difference is the weight of both cranks... the axle is alu on the LX and butted CrMo on the XT (which is actually lighter than the LX one) and the small ring on the LX is steel while Alu on the XT... so the difference is definitely not night and day....

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    Thanks for the info

    I am thinking of just switching the cranks but leaving the bottom brackets if they are the same. The bottom bracket shells are the same so all the spacing will line up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Pride
    I am thinking of just switching the cranks but leaving the bottom brackets if they are the same. The bottom bracket shells are the same so all the spacing will line up.
    Yep, you should be able to switch back and forth without issues...

    Cheers,
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    Also, LX doesn't have pedal inserts like the Hones

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtb_biker
    Also, LX doesn't have pedal inserts like the Hones
    Only the 2-ring hones (FC-M601-2) have inserts... the 3-ring one (FC-M600-3) has no inserts (that's the one I have)
    Last edited by crisillo; 01-27-2007 at 03:48 PM.

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    Do you use the spacers with the pedal inserts?

    I assume by insert you mean the ridge where the pedal screws in. If it has that which my LX cranks do are you suppose to use the pedal washers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Pride
    I assume by insert you mean the ridge where the pedal screws in. If it has that which my LX cranks do are you suppose to use the pedal washers?
    No... that ridge is normal... the pedal axle will cover it.. no washer needed. The inserts we refer to are a reinforcement usually used in DH/FR cranksets; instead of making the threads on the aluminum of the crankarm, a steel insert is added to reinforce the area where the pedal is inserted.

    EDIT: See the image of the 2 ring Hone below

    Last edited by crisillo; 01-27-2007 at 03:49 PM.

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    ^^Yep what he said!

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