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    Race Face X-Type Cranks on Kikapu

    I'm looking for a new crankset to put on my Kikapu and wanting to go with the new outboard bearing system. I like the RaceFace Evolve XC and Atlas cranks and the Shimano Hone. Has anyone put any of these cranks on a Kikapu? The thing I'm worried about is keeping a good chainline.

    Joe- Do you have any input on this?

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    You'll be fine, the X-Type chain line is adjustable. Have a good shop face your BB, and install them if you’re not confident on the install…they can be screwed up.
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    I never understood what facing the BB involves. What does it mean and how is it done?
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    A Shop Monkey takes off your cranks/BB and runs an expensive cutting tool and it cuts, yes cuts, a clean and square surface on the outside edges of your BB shell. This cleans off the primer/paint and evens out the ends of your BB shell to allow the BB cups to sit squarely. This isn’t always entirely necessary and most mass produced bikes won’t have this done from the factory. But the external bearing BB’s seem to be sensitive to being really square, if you think about it the two bearings are not really attached to each other so if one is off a bit it won’t spin smoothly.
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    I would be that shop monkey who will face the BB, I would have done that anyway. Anytime you put a high end BB or headset in you need to face and ream (for the hs) like G-Reg said to square up the faces. No point in having some high end component like a king headset when the faces on the frame aren't even square. From my experience with installing my king I can tell you that the HT wasn't very square.

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    I’m a shop monkey too, so I use that phrase with the utmost respect I'm not sure about the newer matte kona paint jobs, but the glossy ones are pretty bad as far as build up around the HS/ST.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-reg
    I’m a shop monkey too, so I use that phrase with the utmost respect I'm not sure about the newer matte kona paint jobs, but the glossy ones are pretty bad as far as build up around the HS/ST.
    Matte isn't any better.

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    FWIW.. I've been running the RF Dues X-Type on my King Kik for several months. Works like a champ and I haven't had anychainline issues.
    Great crank and the bottom bracket is stil smooth as buttah

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