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    BEST Crank for a SS under 200 bucks...

    Looking for a crank for my ONE9 thats coming. I know I have read about older XTR cranks is that best way to go? Want to keep it light as possible....Thanks for your help....
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    XT or SLX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut
    XT or SLX.
    What he said.
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    On a side note I have not seen a SLX in 180mm but do see XTs. I personally use 180mm cranks (non shimano). So if that matters to you, but I am seriously considering the SLX set.
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    Love my modified m960 xtr cranks. Bottom brackets have been the best i've had yet. Light and stiff to boot.

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    What gets modified on the 960's? I can't tell from the few pics I've seen. What's the weight on them?
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    I have a set that I got modified (coated and milled down). Basically, the ends of the 4 star arms are fairly square and stick out towards the pedal side. In modifing them, these areas are tapered down and rounded out giving them a more finished look. Basically, it makes them look like they came ready to only run one chain ring.

    I want to say that the weight on them minus the bearing cups is somewhere in the low to mid 600 gram range w/ my home brewed chainring on them. Probably close to 630-50 ish. Love mine. Find Crazy8 on here as he has a company that mods/coats them and you can get the custom chainrings from ISuckAtRiding. Both products rock and are very light for the money.

    Now, I will tell you that modding the cranks will run you about $150. So you can pick up a used set via Ebay or whereever and then get them modded when you are ready or you can get them directly from Crazy8 already modded for about $300. Might be more than you want to spend but I tell you when you get them back from Crazy8 they will basically be a brand new crank set!

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    First picture is the before Crazy8 got ahold of it. I actually bought it this way off Ebay. while it served its purpose, it was not very professional looking like this. In the second picture I think you can see how everything was smoothed out and the color of the arms changed as well.
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    1spd, what do those weigh after that material is removed vs. before?
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    Ride & Smile

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    How do I get in touch with Crazy8?
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    Send him a PM, or check his website.

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    XT's

    XT's... have used them for years and no issues. Good bearings and a solid build.

    Just got a killer deal combining some deals at Performance and ended up with XT M770's for $130.

    Used the $199.99 price and added a 29er tube to get over the $200 limit and got $50 with the discount "724" and got the 20% off the 12 hours sale...

    Now I wait to get them

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    Quote Originally Posted by blsuedeshu
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    the crank comes in at 540g with the chainring and without the bottom bracket, so i would venture to guess low 600's with the bb.

    Here's a thread on this crankset:
    Another XTR M960 SS conversion...


    Bad Mechanic did his for about $200 total. The coating is well worth the money, the cranks hold up VERY well to shoe rub. The only thing that has taken off the coating so far is rocks, but i'm talking a pretty substantial hit.
    Most of us have buddies running this crank on their geared bikes. Chances are, their chainrings are shot and they know replacement rings are about $75 each. There's a good chance they'd sell you the crank for pretty cheap so they can go buy something with a not-so-proprietary chainring setup (not an issue if you use it as a SS or 1x9 crankset).

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    someone's goingto be pissed i posted this, but here you go:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Used-Shimano-XTR...item2c575731b2

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    Truvativ Stylo are well under $200.00 and mine have been through a ton of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdg
    Truvativ Stylo are well under $200.00 and mine have been through a ton of stuff.
    I have those as well, but the bottom bracket has been pretty sub-par IMHO. I got 2 weeks out of my last one before they felt like gravel (first water crossing did them in).

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    Stylo's downright suuuuck.

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    I have two sets of Stylo 1.1 OCTs, and they work pretty well. I did replace the BB on one after about 150 rough, wet and dirty miles on it, but have had to do same on XT and FSA cranks used in similar conditions...

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    Now that everyone is dissing the Stylo I'm getting interested in this thread. I've got one with about 500 miles on it and it needs a new bb. I usually clean it monthly and re grease everything and it still blows. The dust seals are for crap on those things and don't keep it out at all. The cranks have been reliable though so not sure if I should go with a new crankset or just get a better bb, but you guys do make a good argument for those m960 mentioned above.

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    Crosstown, my wife is a hefty 110lbs and after one season (of not riding that much), the bb needs to be replaced. What a piece!

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    I run stylo's on my bikes with no issues. Granted, I don't ride when it's super sloppy. Enduro sells a number of different bearing options. Changing out the bearings is a pretty simple job. They're not the blingiest cranks around but they aren't bad either.

    Check the ads here on mtbr. I saw an ad yesterday for new 175mm XT's, no rings, for $165.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crosstown Stew
    Now that everyone is dissing the Stylo I'm getting interested in this thread. I've got one with about 500 miles on it and it needs a new bb. I usually clean it monthly and re grease everything and it still blows. The dust seals are for crap on those things and don't keep it out at all. The cranks have been reliable though so not sure if I should go with a new crankset or just get a better bb, but you guys do make a good argument for those m960 mentioned above.
    Yep, the seals suck balls. The M960 seals look cheap as well, but i have 4+ years on the same BB (with the same abuse as the stylo), and i got this crankset used. I have never lubed them either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ral83178
    XT's... have used them for years and no issues. Good bearings and a solid build.

    Just got a killer deal combining some deals at Performance and ended up with XT M770's for $130.

    Used the $199.99 price and added a 29er tube to get over the $200 limit and got $50 with the discount "724" and got the 20% off the 12 hours sale...

    Now I wait to get them
    Just got a set myself! Thanks for the code

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    I don't know...I have a ton of miles on the bb in all conditions, creek crossings, dust, pouring rain and they are still spinning. The drive side bearing is getting a little rough so I may replace them this winter at, what, 30-40 bucks? Anyway I've been happy with them.
    I do have some 952 Xtr arms I may try but I'd have to hunt down an Xtr v1 octolink bb.

    There are a lot of good options out there for us today.

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    XT or SLX

    Picked up my XT's for only $164 at Chain Reaction (currently $177). I sold the new rings for $60 to a freind and threw on my HBC ring. Pretty sweet deal.
    If you are a freaky weight weenie (kinda like being a vegan over a vegetarian) then the SLX crank arms are reportedly a few grams lighter than the XT's.

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    Just a note, but no one has mentioned SS specific cranks yet.

    I just purchased a set of WI ENO cranks. I was tossed in-between these and Paul Mountain Crank. I’m running a Phil Wood JIS BB (stainless). Granted the BB + ENO crank kit is going to be more than the OP’s request of $200, but you can get the cranks alone for under $200 (given you are running a JIS BB). Paul’s will be a bit more (not much if you shop around). As a matter of fact, if I did it again, I would have went with the Paul’s.

    Not sure why, but I have never had much interest in running XT or similar cranks on my SS. IMO, life expectancy of the SS specific cranks seem much better.

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    i've got 4 years on a stylo bb. for the longest time it has been grindy and not so smooth, and just recently i have some ridiculous clunk coming from the bb which is quite annoying. it just resonates through the frame.
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    Ok, ISuckAtRiding beat me to the punch here. I took my cranks off since I needed to clean the bike up anyway and this is what I got.

    Crank arms w/ Homebrewed chain ring is 540 grams
    Stock XTR bb is another 100 grams for a total of 640 grams

    I know that when I got my cranks with the tabs already cut down as seen in the first picture above with the stock Shimano 32t ring the weight was 675 grams

    The coating for the most part has held up pretty well though my shoe did wear through it. I have an older set of M160 Shimano shoes and the heel has a bit of plastic on it so I believe that helped with the wearing process. But I love them and am not worried about recoating them at this point. The stock bb has held up well and I have experienced no creaking issues what so ever with mine.

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    So further trimming down the arms resulted in 35 gram reduction? Or does that 675 not include the BB?
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    That's not what he said, but yes, you lose about 35g hacking the spider down.

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    Another vote for XT or SLX and selling the chainrings. I have the M665 SLX rather than M660 SLX which are heavier but supposedly have a thicker spindle and steel pedal thread inserts. I swap between SPDs and platforms a lot, and the steel pedal inserts give me a warm fuzzy feeling when threading/unthreading pedals often. The BEST SS crankset under $100 is the Shimano LX M582 from Jenson with Chainrings and BB for $85. No 180mm though.

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    To be honest with you.. some of the best (strongest) cranks out there are from Profile Racing. Super stiff, 4130 arms and 48 spline spindle, but if your concerned with weight you might just stay with aluminum which sometimes costs more though. The Profiles are available with a titanium spindle to save weight but it makes the crankset a little over your price range then I then. Might want to check them out though, compare weight and prices compared to the other cranks your already comparing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L09erdr
    To be honest with you.. some of the best (strongest) cranks out there are from Profile Racing. Super stiff, 4130 arms and 48 spline spindle, but if your concerned with weight you might just stay with aluminum which sometimes costs more though. The Profiles are available with a titanium spindle to save weight but it makes the crankset a little over your price range then I then. Might want to check them out though, compare weight and prices compared to the other cranks your already comparing.
    that's quite a bit overkill for XC purposes.

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    The 675 grams included the bb. Sorry for the confusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    that's quite a bit overkill for XC purposes.
    Your prob right lol... Had to put the option out there though.

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    The XTR M960 work really great got me a deal last night on Craiglist for $80. Cut, File and Sand is all you have to do and you have a great SS cranks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dixie whiskey
    Just a note, but no one has mentioned SS specific cranks yet.

    I just purchased a set of WI ENO cranks. I was tossed in-between these and Paul Mountain Crank. Iím running a Phil Wood JIS BB (stainless). Granted the BB + ENO crank kit is going to be more than the OPís request of $200, but you can get the cranks alone for under $200 (given you are running a JIS BB).
    ... which reminds me...

    I've been on external BBs for a few years now: LX and Saint. I'm beginning to have doubts about them in singlespeed use by heavier guys like me.

    I'm killing BB bearings faster than I expected and even the crank spindles are showing wear in the bearing interface area.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    ... which reminds me...

    I've been on external BBs for a few years now: LX and Saint. I'm beginning to have doubts about them in singlespeed use by heavier guys like me.

    I'm killing BB bearings faster than I expected and even the crank spindles are showing wear in the bearing interface area.
    you likely have BB shell issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    ... which reminds me...

    I've been on external BBs for a few years now: LX and Saint. I'm beginning to have doubts about them in singlespeed use by heavier guys like me.

    I'm killing BB bearings faster than I expected and even the crank spindles are showing wear in the bearing interface area.
    As I was told after telling a buddy I went with the Phil Wood BB, "You're done, it'll last forever."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    you likely have BB shell issues.
    I doubt it.
    BB shells and head tubes of my bikes have been trued by a reputable shop. I cannot bring myself to buy the tools for that.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    As said a dozen times already, XT. Even LX would be worthwhile, since you would have $100+ left over to spend on booze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p0r0y
    Nice work. Clean and simple.

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    Great job actually^^^

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