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Thread: Road crankset?

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    Road crankset?

    Is anyone using a road crankset for their single speed? I was looking at Shimano road cranks the other day, and they're available is 110 BCD, are fairly light, and stiff. It seems like a pretty viable alternative.

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    road cranks are designed for narrow chainstays. it is doable but you might use the longest bb spindle available just to clear the stays.
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    I had problems using 105s on my Peregrine. They would only clear with the stays with the EBB forward. Q factor was much to narrow, but it has straight stays when it really should have S-bend. On my Monocog I'm using 130bcd Vuelta road cranks (cheap as ****) with a 110mm spindle and have no clearance issues because the stays are S-bend. Both cranks are 175mm. Basically, it depends on your frame, crank, and SS hub style. A cassette hub is going to give you more chainline options, especially coupled with a square tape crankset. You can put the chainline right where you want it.

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