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    OK guys....the wife has cut me off on my SS build.....she said I can't spend any more money. I pretty much have everything I need except for some lightweight cranks. Anyone know of any good places to parts barter? I looked on this site and didn't see anything. 36 teeth is what I am looking for.

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    Post an ad in the classifieds :
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    try ebay. i got a set of XTR M970 cranks for a (relatively) decent price because the bolt holes for the inner chainring were stripped. i sanded them down to bare metal and i think they look pretty good. they're definitely lightweight.

    you should search for your cranks first, then worry about the chainring. just keep in mind while searching, that certain BCD mount patterns are more popular than others. my 970s use the popular 4x104BCD, whereas 960s use a proprietary 4x102BCD and 95Xs use either a 5-bolt spider or spiderless. almost everybody is different, so be sure you explore the chainring options before you commit to a certain make/model of crankset.

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    I have a 36t Blackspire crank in solid condition- bashguard too. 94 bcd. If you're coming in and budget gets tight, I'll ship them to you for no money. Just PM me.

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    Try buying individual crank arms. Cambria has a drive side M739 arm for $18! You'd have to dig around for the left side arm however.

    Still, in some instances, you may be able to find a deal.

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    Try 2nd hand stores like the Salvation Army. All you care about are the cranks and you might even get a few other spare parts in the process. I got a nice set of sugino square taper cranks that way. They are easy to clean up too. Look on MTBR in the singlespeed section for articles on cleaning up XTR cranks.

    Another (got to get lucky) option is dumpster diving. You wouldn't believe what I have found in the dumpster. On my single speed right now, I have a set of Bontrager race lite 7005 mountain cranks that I found in the dumpster behind my local Trek store. I have over 500 miles on them, and they are still going very strong.

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    Oh, geez. I never threw (not through) away a good set of cranks at the shop. I hope you aren't riding around on something that was a warranty or a recall. Good luck and remember to say yes on the organ donor part of your driver's liscense - I did!
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    I would'nt ride Bonty crank's to begin with , much less ones found in the garbage can . Hope you have good insurance . Good luck .

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    Everyone has their preferences. I like the bonty cranks, and they are very strong and light. I can't possibly see why they would break or fail. They were barely used to begin with.

    One idiot's trash is another smart man's treasure....

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    i guess these dumpster diving haters also don't buy used cars.

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    Yeah, no kidding. It's true that there is a lot of trash in the trash (stuff I'd never use), but then again there are gems, and I've been around bikes long enough to know good parts from bad parts.

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    Go OEM, Bluesky had a bunch of cranks at killer deals. I got a OEM set of RaceFace cranks which I have been using for years now free of problems.

    By the year end I hope to upgrade to Phil Wood BB with ENO cranks. If you are still looking by then, I'll give you mine, you cover shipping.

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    dude, I have the perfect solution: $40, just get a BMX chain-ring.
    Transition V1 Cranks


    EDIT: nevermind, kinda confusing, doesn't include BB or spindle, so maybe not such a good deal..
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