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    LX cranks...possible SS usage?

    Anyone out there using Shimano LX cranks in your SS set up? Or am I gonna have to pull the trigger on some XT's? Any opinions, thoughts, smart a$$ remarks welcomed

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    yea, an i hear they're on sale somewhere for like $79. Just pull off the rings and throw on a singlespeed ring and you're golden.

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    From what I hear, the LX is the same crank as the XT...just with slightly different styling. I haven't looked that closely myself though. The BCD is the same though...so SS will not be a problem.

    I saw the $79 deal somewhere as well....I forget where though. If I didn't already have too many cranksets, I'd definitely pick one up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveF
    The Truvativ Stylo 1.1 can be found for a similar cost.

    Which would make for a better decision?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine
    From what I hear, the LX is the same crank as the XT...just with slightly different styling. I haven't looked that closely myself though. The BCD is the same though...so SS will not be a problem.

    I saw the $79 deal somewhere as well....I forget where though. If I didn't already have too many cranksets, I'd definitely pick one up.
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Crankset.aspx

    From the photos, LX is not the same as XT. Looks like different casting/forgings. Also, people say XT is the solution for chainsuck on a Big Mama, I have LX on mine, and get chain suck in certain conditions.

    Either way, $79 is a good price for the LX crank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    yea, an i hear they're on sale somewhere for like $79. Just pull off the rings and throw on a singlespeed ring and you're golden.
    and where could one get such a ring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by one incredible donkey
    The Truvativ Stylo 1.1 can be found for a similar cost.

    Which would make for a better decision?
    lx, by a long shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    lx, by a long shot.
    Is this a matter of weight savings or do other factors become involved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2
    and where could one get such a ring?
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    JensonUSA has had the LX crankset on sale for quite some time. Only downside is that you have to get to XT or higher to get 180mm cranks (or go with Trekking setup)
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    Quote Originally Posted by one incredible donkey
    Is this a matter of weight savings or do other factors become involved?
    The overall quality and engineering of Shimano's cranks seem to be better. I've had nothing but problems with Stylo bottom brackets. The seals suck, IMHO. As far as weight, if i had to guess, i'd say the Shimanos are lighter, but that's purely a guess.
    The slx is also another good option (and looks better IMO). But for $79, i'd go with the lx.

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    BBG bashguard sandwich?
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    I've been running LX cranks on my SS since May...work great!
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    Thanks for the info on this vs. Truvativ.

    To further prove my ignorance on singlespeed hacks, in order to accomplish this as I understand it, one would need to do the following:

    1. Buy LX triple ring crank set
    2. Buy bash guard (optional)
    3. Remove small and large chain rings, leaving the middle (32t)
    4. Re-attach the middle to the crank spider, using spacers(?) for chain line

    Is this correct? Or would a new singlespeed-specific chainring be needed as well?

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    LX cranks are solid. A real workhorse in the line up. I've used them on my SS for two years.



    1. Buy LX triple
    2. Buy non-ramped SS chainring
    3. Remove all oem rings
    4. Install new ring

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    Yeah, LX > Stylo. By far.

    Although if anyone wants my Stylos for 40 bucks or so I wouldn't be sad...

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    Did anyone else read the title of the thread as:

    "LX cranks...possible sausage?"






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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino
    Did anyone else read the title of the thread as:

    "LX cranks...possible sausage?"






    lol, Freud.

    Fixed that one for you.

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    For a long time I ran a '96 LX crank on my SS. No complaints except for the looks, they were real slim/skinny looking, although I think that look might be making a comeback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by one incredible donkey
    4. Re-attach the middle to the crank spider, using spacers(?) for chain line....
    What hub are you running, what chainline do you need?

    The LX is a 68mm/73mm bb, there's three 2.5mm spacers that allow you tweek the chainline. I'm running an LX crank with Surly chainring and e13 bash guard with 47mm chainline. (No spacers on the chainring bolts.)

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    awesome!!! thanks for answering my ?'s and reaffirming my suspicion I'm in the process of acquiring a 9r and want it to be sweet and cheep

    haha...I might just name it the SSuasage

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    I just ordered a set of the lx's from jenson today. Now to figure out whether I want to remove my powerspline crap and install the new bb or have a shop do it.

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    The LX can be used SS I actually have a set that will be setup SS this winter (waiting for frame). I do have a set of Stylo 1.1 also (looking to sell PM if interested) which is also a great set.

    I got the LX because I had an extra set of XT chainrings, and now I have a backup set of LX chainrings (main bike has XT setup SS).

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    I had used shimano xt cranks SS without any issues.....(great set up by the way)
    can't say that for the 1.1 stylo's....self extracting crank bolt design is fugged up.
    truvativ bottom bracket lasted four months.

    I fixed that all by going White Industries eno cranks (square taper) with un-54 shimano bb ($20.00?)

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    Lx cranks are cool looking

    I thought I had the deal of the century running new SLX on SIR 9 ( I wanted black) for cheap, but LX is really cool looking. Now I want to sell my STYLO 1.1 too ( XCL $99).

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    Now I see it

    That suasage thing IS funny.

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    I got a Stylo 3.3 used on Ebay for $68 put on my Raleigh XXIX. I removed the rings and put on a Surly chainring. No issues yet I've been running since April about 1800 miles and still smooth. I just built a Salsa El Mariachi for my son, got the Jenson LX deal for $79, only used once but seems good. Both seem good and bottom brackets can be replaced easly and are cheap, got a spare new GXP on Ebay for $19.

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    I have seen the Stylo on Chainlove for 79.99 recently.

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    I was using and old set of '94 170mm LX's on mine until I upgraded to 175's. Now I run one LX on one side and one XT on the other side.
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    LX Crank

    I bought a pair, installed a 36T Blackspire Monovoloce ring. Good to go. ligher than the cranks it replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum
    I've been running LX cranks on my SS since May...work great!
    What chain ring are you running there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwheelboy_490
    What chain ring are you running there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob
    https://www.jensonusa.com/store/prod...+Crankset.aspx

    From the photos, LX is not the same as XT. Looks like different casting/forgings. Also, people say XT is the solution for chainsuck on a Big Mama, I have LX on mine, and get chain suck in certain conditions.

    Either way, $79 is a good price for the LX crank.

    Based on the XT 760...they look remarkably similar...to the point I think it's just a different casting for styling, but nothing more. I highly doubt they're using different materials between the two, and they look beefy in all the same spots.

    Rings are different though, that is more than likely the chainsuck issue rather than the cranks themselves.



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    i think the lx cranks are ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pursuiter
    What hub are you running, what chainline do you need?

    The LX is a 68mm/73mm bb, there's three 2.5mm spacers that allow you tweek the chainline. I'm running an LX crank with Surly chainring and e13 bash guard with 47mm chainline. (No spacers on the chainring bolts.)
    I'll be using ZTR hubs. I don't know the chainline. This would go on a Jabberwocky.

    I'm feeling less-than confident on this project but I don't want to cheat myself out of a better crank setup due to my own incompetence.

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    I dont think they have a SS hub so it should just be a cassette body. In that case you will be able to adjust the chainline with spacers to whatever the cranks fit at. Most are at 51mm for external BB cranks.
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    Thanks. I found a good thread here with some pictures for idiots like myself.

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    I had a late 90's LX crankset that I used on an old GT Timberline that I converted to SS. The LX cranks worked flawlessly; I even used the ramped chainring for a while. IMO - get the LX crank, replace the 32t ramped chainring with a SS specific ring (and removed the other useless rings), add a bashy of your choice, then ride!!! I didn't need spacers for the bash guard - depending on your chain ring and chain width you might need some but you won't know until you install. Happy building!

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    Quote Originally Posted by veloreality
    i think the lx cranks are ugly.
    I think the XT and XTR cranks are ugly....

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    I prefer the XT with an XTR bottom bracket but that's me.
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    Just make sure you install it right...



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    been thinking about getting an Lx crankset myself, question is, does it work with the FC EBB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juanmoretime

    I prefer the XT with an XTR bottom bracket but that's me.
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    NON SS CONTENT!!!!

    I installed these finally on my Fisticuff and I must say this is a nice looking crank. I think the gunmetal look is even nicer then the matte grey of my XT crankset. Had I even thought about this set initially I would have gotten this set instead and saved some coin to put into other parts.
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