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    Sworks crank vs Sram 2200

    I'm toying with the idea of buying an Sworks crank for my 2014 Epic Expert. I've been using the usual Sram IS2200 carbon crank for the past 4 bikes and I have nothing but good words for them,but...is the Sworks Crank just bling bling and "evereything red S! thing or I may save some weight and gain some extra stiffness too ?
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    Nah, the S-Works crank is pretty good. 5,000kms on mine and still going strong. Stiff, light and strong. I'm not a great fan of the Campy "ultra-torque" crank concept mind you and note that Spec have dropped it for the latest SW crank.

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    Have the S2200, XX1 and SW cranks, on 3 current bikes.

    Never any issues with either. S2200 and XX1 are the same with different graphics. Weight is not that much different and I can't tell if there is a performance difference. Ridden about 1800 km between them.

    Have about 2000 km on the SW cranks and can't tell any performance difference between any of the three.

    My XX1 cranks with 2200 spider and 34t single Raceface weigh 554gr. Sram PF30 = 87gr

    My SW cranks with 2x ring set-up with BB weighs 656gr. I switched over to XX1, so the SW cranks with XX1 spider, 32t ring and BB weigh 540.

    My XX1 170mm cranks alone weigh 442gr. S2200 that someone else weighed came to 473gr. SW 175mm cranks alone weigh 383gr. Some others have weighed in at 370.

    Some weight savings to be had with SW but unless you are planning some other major component upgrades on the Expert, cranks alone may not be worth the high cost per gram.

    Have you gone tubeless? Seat post and saddle upgrade? Easily save 100gr on seat post. Your 1050 cassette weighs about 360gr. An XX weighs 208 and 1080 240gr.

    I have gone 1x on all my bikes and only on the toughest climbs have I had to dismount. My riding at least.

    IMHO best bang, I'd drop the front der, get a 30t RaceFace narrow/wide for $35.00. Drop about 80gr on rings and about 250 on der/shifter/housing.

    You'll be amazed at how well the narrow/wide rings work with a 10 spd chain and regular rear none clutched der. Haven't dropped a chain on my Niner Air9 RDO HT. Your Shadow Plus XTR will take care of any chain slap and dropped chain.

    Expert is the best bang for buck on 2014 Epics. What upgrades have you done so far?
    14 SW Epic WC - 21.8 lb
    12 Niner Air9RDO -16.4
    12 SJ FSR Exp EVO29 -28
    11 SW Epic 29 - sold
    10 Devinci Wilson 4 -37

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarManDSL View Post

    Expert is the best bang for buck on 2014 Epics. What upgrades have you done so far?
    Xtr chain,cassette and shifters,easton carbon bar and tubeless setup. Look forward to replace seatpost.
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