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    Shimano non series crankset at Chain Reaction $73

    Looks to be an older Deore Hollowteck crank with SLX chain rings. Shimano m552. Can't beat the price as an upgrade for low end cranks - $73.

    Shimano SLX M552 10 Speed Triple Chainset | Chain Reaction Cycles

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    Good find! And a nice way for some to go 1x with a $35 RaceFace narrow wide chainring in a 104bcd.
    I had these crankarms on a SS 29er rigid. Worked perfect, and if memory serves me right they fit RaceFace crank arm boot protectors.

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    I saw this earlier today and didn't think much about it. I didn't notice that it had the SLX chainrings. Seems like a solid deal.

    Quote Originally Posted by westin View Post
    Good find! And a nice way for some to go 1x with a $35 RaceFace narrow wide chainring in a 104bcd.
    JensonUSA has athe Raceface chainring for $15. Not the narrow/wide however.
    Killing it with close inspection.

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    That's certainly a good crank, but I don't believe it to be Hollowtech (hollow forged arms).

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    Quote Originally Posted by car_nut View Post
    That's certainly a good crank, but I don't believe it to be Hollowtech (hollow forged arms).
    Its a hollowtech II which refers to the BB and not the arms AFAIK. Shimano's confusing labeling practice.
    Last edited by FireLikeIYA; 12-20-2013 at 05:08 AM.
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    Bought these last week for $75. The $2 discount is killing me, but you live and learn.

    Anyway, $20 for the bb, and about $65 for the SLX rings at Universal Cycles. They are paying you $10 to take the crank arms and spindle. Got the RaceFace Narrow Wide 30t for $45 off ebay. Let the 1x10 experiment begin!

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    Would be a killer deal if it were the hollow forged SLX, but looks more like a mislabeled Deore or lower crank to me. Wait for a deal that's maybe $20 more, IMO. SLX, FSA Afterburner, X7 would be on my list for sub-$100 cranks. Higher levels would be an even better deal, XT, S1400, X9, etc. They're stronger and stiffer than I-beam (Race Face) or scalloped crank arms.

    Some data on higher end cranks to give you an idea: 8 MTB-Kurbeln im Test ? fnf 2-fach- und drei 3-fach-Modelle bei mountainbike-magazin.de - Test: 8 Mountainbike-Kurbeln

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    These are approximately 90g heavier than SLX M660 (3x)

    150g heavier than SLX M675 (2x)

    130g heavier than XTM780 (3x)

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    Funny that they label these as "SLX" when in fact they are non-series.
    The higher M610 Deores here in the Philippines fetch for less than $60
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    Call it non series if you want. They are Deore cranks with a different paint job with Deore bb and SLX rings. Not sure if SLX crankset comes with an upgraded bb. Shimano puts a different paint job on the OE stuff so they can sell the Deore stuff as "aftermarket". These are better than Deore M610 due to better rings. I like these specifically because they don't say Deore on them.

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    Why do you describe the rings as SLX? Are they stamped with an M66x or M67x part number?

    The Deore M590 and M610 series both appear to have the same rings (steel inner, steel/composite middle, alloy outer).

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    Quote Originally Posted by InertiaMan View Post
    Why do you describe the rings as SLX? Are they stamped with an M66x or M67x part number?

    The Deore M590 and M610 series both appear to have the same rings (steel inner, steel/composite middle, alloy outer).
    Maybe that is something new to the Deore line. I have purchased Deore cranks in the past and they didn't have the steel middle ring. Anyway, this is a decent deal. No need to rip the OP apart over trying to hook someone up. There are lighter and stronger cranks out there but they are going to cost more than $73 shipped. The chain rings for this are fairly easy to find too.

    EDIT: Chainring part #: Y1LV98080 (if same as M590) = Yes, SLX middle ring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireLikeIYA View Post
    No need to rip the OP apart over trying to hook someone up. There are lighter and stronger cranks out there but they are going to cost more than $73 shipped.
    I wasn't trying to rip the OP apart. I was just wanted to learn if these cranks were something different than I thought.

    More to the point, though, there ARE better deals for Deore class cranksets. First of all, this isn't $73 shipped. Its $83 shipped ($10 shipping unless you increase your cart to $100). Secondly, a comparable HTII crankset (M590 triple) at ribblecycles.co.uk is only $64 shipped (or $56 shipped if you increase your cart to $100). Just FYI.

    EDIT: price at ribble based on XMAS10 discount code.

    EDIT 2: just noticed the M590 at ribble is without BB. Adding the BB adds $13 to the price. Still lower than chainreaction (which apparently does include BB) but not dramatically so.

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    Yeah, but with ribble no bb included so with a $20 bb, deal is about the same except better middle ring on the OPs suggested crankset. Good try, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carpio77b View Post
    Yeah, but with ribble no bb included so with a $20 bb, deal is about the same except better middle ring on the OPs suggested crankset. Good try, though.
    I already acknowledged the BB, which is $13 not $20. So the total shipped is $77. Versus $83 at chainreaction.

    My understanding is that the chainrings are identical on the 10sp M590 and the OP's M552. This assumes that the description on ribble (10sp M590 with composite/steel middle) is correct, and the ancient non-matching photo (9-speed with stamped middle) is incorrect. If that assumption is false, then I agree this is a less attractive option.

    Like the OP, I'm just trying to share info on potentially attractive low-price cranksets. I'll let everyone decide for themselves which is more attractive. Frankly, either of them is a good value, and neither of them are mind blowing.

    So don't rip on the OP (or me) . . . if anyone deserves ripping, its chainreaction for calling a M552 crankset SLX.

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