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    Topline Cranks?

    What does everyone think about Topline cranks?

    I just got a set and the guy is claiming they are 388grams without rings?

    Are they junk or prone to breaking?

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    Flexy and yes, prone to cracks.
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    Ive read that they are made by same company that made Grafton Cranks????
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    Also flexy and prone to cracks.

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    that sucks, i think i'm gonna throw them on the Ritchey i'm redoing, they are super nice and will look good. I'm only 165-170# i guess most crack if the rider is over 190#

    Hopefully they will last at least a couple years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YakimaDeathYaks View Post
    that sucks, i think i'm gonna throw them on the Ritchey i'm redoing, they are super nice and will look good. I'm only 165-170# i guess most crack if the rider is over 190#

    Hopefully they will last at least a couple years.
    Good thinking. What could go wrong??

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    I guess this could always happen
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    Likely much worse that that shaving cut
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    Either way its gonna hurt
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    AFAIK Topline made Grafton cranks then "forged" out on his own. They have a reputation for breaking in socal. I've got two pairs that will be only suitable for light duty.

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    Topline Cranks?

    I've beat the piss out of probably 4 or 5 pairs over the years. Only one arm had a catastrophic failure. Came off a jump and the drive side arm snapped in two. Not quite sure how I still managed children years later. Plus nice long ride back home with just the left leg. But I still have two pair I still ride ocassionally

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    Quote Originally Posted by YakimaDeathYaks View Post
    that sucks, i think i'm gonna throw them on the Ritchey i'm redoing, they are super nice and will look good. I'm only 165-170# i guess most crack if the rider is over 190#

    Hopefully they will last at least a couple years.
    IIRC their stated rider weight limit was 150#.

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    That's just a flesh wound.

    Little peroxide and super glue, you'd be right as rain.

    I had a pair of the SL's, never broke them, but after a few months riding, I couldn't deal with the feeling of the pedals falling away from my feet as I pedaled uphill while standing.

    They also suffer from a tendency to contact the FD cage when in the big ring, which required filing a small notch in them.

    Or am I thinking of a different crank?

    Want to say Shayne gave me the info on that when I ran into the issue, so feel free to correct if I'm wrong....
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    I have a broken set, need some spare ones?

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    I've only owned one set of Topline cranks, but I've had them for, like, forever. I think it's sad that so many have such a low opinion of them. I've found them to be fine cranks and pretty to look at, too, especially in gun-metal blue.

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    I have a set on a 2000 Dakar Pro that have been fine.
    Maybe there's a difference if they're on a full suspension bike.
    Where are you guys seeing the failures?
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    The main problem with Toplines were the mechanics who installed them. If you limit the install to 125 inch-pounds they should last a very long time.
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    Granny ring sheared off mine and the non-drive side cracked.

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    I've had them. Loved them. Unfortunately, the cranks got sold with my Psycle Werks as a complete bike. The person who bought the bike eventually broke them. The bike still lives. Still wish I had them.

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    I owned a pair for about 15 years but just recently sold them. They were on my main bike so were ridden frequently for all that time. I never had a problem with them, but I only weigh about 145lbs. My main issue with them is the straight profile of the arms which requires a wide bottom bracket and puts the upper portion of the crank out wide also. My ankles tend to bend in and I was always catching my ankle bone on the crank bolt cut out. Years of scar tissue made it tolerable, but still not great which is why I finally sold them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by always_last View Post
    I owned a pair for about 15 years but just recently sold them. They were on my main bike so were ridden frequently for all that time. I never had a problem with them, but I only weigh about 145lbs. My main issue with them is the straight profile of the arms which requires a wide bottom bracket and puts the upper portion of the crank out wide also. My ankles tend to bend in and I was always catching my ankle bone on the crank bolt cut out. Years of scar tissue made it tolerable, but still not great which is why I finally sold them.
    i, too, have these scars.
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