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    Dh cranks

    I need new cranks for my bighit because i am going to start raceing dh in the spring. I am planning to run a ethirteen lg1 and i need sugestions for cranks that are comatible. I like the race face atlus(based on the sweet topo graphics) but would they work as a single ring set up.
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    Shimano Saint (strength) or XT (light weight), Gravity Lights (some people say they're flexy), Raceface Atlus would be fine...some people say they're heavy though, Diety Vendettas, Truvative Holzfeller, Middleburn R7's...

    ..thats all i can think of off top of my head

    most people here will suggest Saint i think. rightfully so.

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    I like my ride DH cranks from Race Face. They're pretty burly
    Just my $.02

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    starts and ends with 09 Saints.....that is what everything else looks up to
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    which saints their website has like 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by win brooks
    which saints their website has like 4
    They're all basically the same, some just come with more rings that others. Just make sure you get the right BB width.

    I only know 1 guy who's bent a pair of Saints. He's about 200 lbs and cased a pretty big jump, 20 feet out, 6 feet down. They're still ridable, just a little bent

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    Truvativ holzfeller? Sorry havn't checked if theyre compatible, great cranks though.

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    Hey guys,
    The Atlas AM cranks are a bit narrow for chainguide use...sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. If you want to run the LG1, go for the FR version or somthing like the Shimano XT, Saints, or one of the lighter Gravity offerings.

    I have also personally have had really good luck with some 06-ish Truvativ Holzfellers, and the chainline on my LG1 is spot on.

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    I have a set of 08 Race Face Evolve FR (175) length, with BB. PM me if interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrook
    Truvativ holzfeller? Sorry havn't checked if theyre compatible, great cranks though.
    Yes the Holzfeller OCT and the Howitzer work with a e13 LG1. The Chainguide compatibility is going to be more of a issue with the frame, not crank.
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    if you dont mind the extra weight/money, go for RaceFace Diabolus. Theyre the strongest cranks on the market, but you pay for that in money and weight (heavier than most steel cranks). if you want something a bit lighter and cheaper, go for '09 Shimano Saint. theyre very strong, relatively light, and not too expensive. the only cranks ive ever ridden and managed not to bend are Diabolus'. true, i weigh about 240lbs, im 6 foot 3, and go huge on everything i can, (completely destroyed Truvative Holzfeller on a 30 foot drop off :S) but still, if you want ultimate peace of mind in a crankset, get the Diabolus.

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    Race Face is more FR oriented, if you want DH cranks for racing get Saints. Besides, like I said, the only guy I know to bend a set cased this. And he still rides them. This isn't him jumping it, this is a different friend in the picture.
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    My hones have taken a serious beating, lots of uplift days, 4X and jumping. (I weigh 220 with gear) and they were half the price of Saints. Look great too.
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    +1 for saints. happy with both of my previous generation ones, and the prospect of losing a quarter pound off of them and being stiffer (hard to think it's possible) for 2009 is awesome.

    buy them, ride them, abuse them, and watch them laugh and ask for more. there're good prices to be had on them too if you look around.

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    saints. i just got a used pair on ebay for $79.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    Race Face is more FR oriented, if you want DH cranks for racing get Saints.
    Are you on coke? WTF does that even mean?

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    Middleburn RS7s are bomb proof as well, Im 230 before breakfast and coffee. Ill get a pic when this snow is gone in a week or so of overshooting the step up. Its 18' lip to lip and Im 4-5' above the landing and overshooting it by approx. 14' past tranny to flat. So by the time its done its approx 8-9' up and almost 35' out.
    Ive been hucking them for almost 2 years now with a fsa ISIS BB and aside of the bearings starting to go its pretty solid.

    My point is not a brag session but the fact that I can slaughter these cranks and they arent the burliest out there, Saints are a great choice as are Race face, diety and Hooka DH. When you put the list together and look at it, it becomes more personal preference anymore and weight. Your list is good and there are a number of others listed that are great. Im not going to tell you middleburns are the pot o gold but they work for me and so would have hooka DHs and Saints I just liked the weight and looks of these.

    You really cant go wrong now a days with all the stuff being manufactured stronger and lighter, technology is up and coming quickly.

    Keep us posted as to what cranks you end up with!

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    Saints, Hones, Gravity Light, XT.

    If you want to add a bunch of weight go for RaceFace Diabolus (you wont break em)

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    lthnu thats a nice step down! Looks smooth! Wheres that at?
    Nice pic!!! Love action shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2k05
    Are you on coke? WTF does that even mean?
    They're HEAVY, racers want light cranks. I know guys running XT cranks on their DH bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullcrew
    lthnu thats a nice step down! Looks smooth! Wheres that at?
    Nice pic!!! Love action shots.
    That's at Sol Vista. There are bunch of jumps/step downs/ gaps there. Several larger and several smaller than the one in the picture. Those boys know how to build smooth features.

    And credit for the shot goes to Snowskilz with Thump in the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    They're HEAVY, racers want light cranks. I know guys running XT cranks on their DH bikes.
    You are an idiot. Saint's are FARRRRR from light. Saint's are not at all "race cranks" in any sense of the word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2k05
    You are an idiot. Saint's are FARRRRR from light. Saint's are not at all "race cranks" in any sense of the word.
    Wow, what was I thinking racing with them for the last several years. Thanks for the input buck wonder

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    xt's if youre under 200 geared up. Saints otherwise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2k05
    You are an idiot. Saint's are FARRRRR from light. Saint's are not at all "race cranks" in any sense of the word.
    I was curious in case I made an error. Nope, I didn't.

    *Edit, I posted the single ring Saint vs. the double ring Diabolus. To be fair, the double ring Saint is 31 grams heavier Still lighter.
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    my diabolus have been great, I will probably never need another set of cranks on my bighit. I am not so worried about weight as others. I was riding in the wet this fall and did a major drift (Sam Hill style) and the left crank slammed into a rock quite hard by the spindle. Quite a few rides later I havent noticed any creaking or anything, strong stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    Wow, what was I thinking racing with them for the last several years. Thanks for the input buck wonder
    I never said you couldn't race with them. They are not at all like "race cranks" (you'll notice I use quotes everytime I use that term) like the XT's are. Work on reading comprehension. I was originally mocking the Saints v. Diablous, FR v. Dh "race cranks" comparison....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2k05
    Work on reading comprehension. .
    I'll try I'm an engineer, reading and spellin' ain't my thing.

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    cranks

    ditto:Middleburn

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    Dude Gemini2k05 you don't have to act like a dick cause you don't have one! hahaha
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    Agree with comments about Diabolus - super strong, but heavy. 4 yrs and going strong on my freeride bike.

    Gravity's are pretty - like very - heavy, but I think nuke-proof. Used them initially on my DH rig and took some really good licks without bending - even the high speed pedal grab-type crash like described below.

    Gravity lights are light and look nice. Rode them this season. Mine still spin true, but my riding buddy clipped a stump and bent the crap out of them. I've heard that tends to happen. . . but I think crash replacement was pretty cheap.

    Hones are pretty light and seem good thus far. Use them on my trail bike (which gets jumped and what not) and they seem to be holding up just fine.

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    Just an FYI, the RaceFace Atlas FR cranks are the new DH race crank from RF. They're 50 grams lighter than new Saint and just as strong/stiff....Diabolus is still the ultimate big hit crank, but is no longer the direct comparison.

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