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    help picking a crankset

    I am brand new but ambitious and I need some advice. I was given a Univega Frame and plan on making a singlespeed.

    What would you suggest for a crankset for this square tapered bottom bracket?

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    Honestly, I think I would just pick up a new bb for about $30. I am thinking that I would find a crank that you like and then get the bb you need to make it work. A good starting crank for a SS is a Shimano STX. They can be picked up used for pretty cheap via Craigs list or Ebay. However, if you want to keep this bb, then you may need to take it to a shop and have it measured as different cranks tend to take different length bb's if you will. I could be wrong on that last part so hopefully someone will chime in. But I do know that from my roadie days that a Campy crank will not fit the square taper of a Shimano bb.

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    None. Pull that loose bearing POS out of there and replace it with an inexpensive sealed unit.

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    thanks - I will look at finding a new BB to match the Shimano STX

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob
    None. Pull that loose bearing POS out of there and replace it with an inexpensive sealed unit.
    This is good advice. You certainly want a spindle that is drilled and tapped to accept screw-in bolts rather than the nut-on type in your photo. The type you've got are notorious for loosening up all by themselves.

    You can get a good quality, new sealed bearing BB like this Shimano UN54 for ~$20:
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...m+Bracket.aspx

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    is that a road frame? wanna see.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    If I need a crank, I'd consider this LX crank and BB converted for singlespeed use. I think it's a pretty good deal at$129.95.

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    +1 on the LX crankset/bb. Remove the kickstand too.

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    truvativ stylo 1.1 for the win.
    best ss cranks for the money.
    i run them on my high end bikes that justify xtr.

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    +1 on the Stylo OCT 1.1. I am currently building my first SS and this has been getting the best reviews in the price range. I will be ordering these if I don't get them under the tree in three weeks from now! Best price I have found so far is from Pricepoint.
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    I just got a stylo 1.1 and a bottom bracket mounted Mrp 1.x chain guide and love it, I will use it on my next bike as well, price for the stylo gxp I got was $130 from my lbs, but you can find online for close to $100 and that includes a nice outboard bearing sealed gxp bb and a slick bash guard if you need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2
    If I need a crank, I'd consider this LX crank and BB converted for singlespeed use. I think it's a pretty good deal at$129.95.
    Your may want to go elsewhere than the LX crank; it looks to be more of a downhill crank as it is only available in 170mm.
    <a href="http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/14316-100_TRUSS5-3-Parts-56-Cranks/Bolts/Truvativ-1.1--Guard-Stylo-Single-Speed-Crankset-2010-offer?utm_source=Googlebase&utm_medium=datafeed&ut m_campaign=FTP&offer=IN210GLB.htm&zmam=3075515&zma s=1&zmac=30&zmap=100%20TRUSS5">Pricepoint</a> has the Stylo on sale for $115.00.
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    thanks all!

    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek
    is that a road frame? wanna see.
    it is a mtn bike. I will post a photo later.

    Quote Originally Posted by erichwic
    +1 on the LX crankset/bb. Remove the kickstand too.
    kickstand is gone

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