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    Would you change these cranks out?

    This is kind of a vain question but I'm interested in some opinions. I've had these cranks since the early 90's: they're XT M-730's with an Action Tec ti chainring and BB. There's really nothing wrong with them except they're not very fancy. I'm tempted to go with some ENO's or similar but...I don't know. I think getting them would only be for looks.

    I kind of feel uncomfortable when my bike spec. is above my ability. Do any of you ever feel that way?

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    I like them.
    Ride more!

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    its kinda out of place but i love it!
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    I think they look pretty cool. Different from what everybody else has.

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    Oh my gosh, how can you live with yourself? You've got a perfectly fine early 90's XT crankset that is working great. You better pony up $400 and update those cranks even though there is nothing wrong with them! That way your wallet will be way lighter and that perfectly fine crankset will set in your parts box collecting dust. Hope you caught the sarcasm....keep the cranks and save the $400. Nice touch with the anodized blue!

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    What silly looking cranks. You definitely need to switch them out, I will even throw in $50 to help if you send the old cranks and BB my way (just so they won't clutter up your parts box). P mail me if interested
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    +1 on that, I'd be more than happy to help you remedy that situation! Heh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 120
    ...I kind of feel uncomfortable when my bike spec. is above my ability. Do any of you ever feel that way?
    I feel ya, and as my Australian friend used to say, "All the gear with no idear".
    Last edited by azultoyou; 11-06-2010 at 11:10 AM.
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    I cracked one of those right arms back in the early 90s - right where one of the chainring mounting arms meets the crank arm.

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    They look great.

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    i know how you feel. sometimes it just doesnt feel right. and if your like me and you doze off into a day dream while checking your bike out then you know what i mean.

    i think some polished xtr m960's or some polished middleburn would look killer!

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    Those look really nice on there. No, don't change them. Treat yourself to some good beer...

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    Hell no! If anything, polish them up all over, you can see the reflection of the pedal in that first shot from where your foot rubs, it's practically mirror smooth!

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    If anything, you probably just started a new fad.
    I bet there is going to be a run on 90's vintage XT cranksets on FleaBay this weekend

    Those look great.
    And the five bolt chainring interface is great.
    Don't change anything!!
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    I'm a little late as a couple of others beat me to it.

    But, I'll take them if you really need to get rid of them. I think that they're pretty sweet. I had some sliver RaceFace Turbine LP's (square taper) that were 5 bolt. I wish that I still had them. They remind me of those.

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    keep em...
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    ill take those chain ring bolts off your arms if you find them so disgusting
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    Thanks all, your comments are similar to what I was thinking. I appreciate the input!

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    IMO those are better than ENO cranks.
    keep 'em!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 120
    I kind of feel uncomfortable when my bike spec. is above my ability. Do any of you ever feel that way?
    Nope. Prefer it actually. That way I can't use the bike as an excuse for my lack of riding ability.
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    I think they look great - keep 'em.

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    [QUOTE=voodoochild]Those look really nice on there. No, don't change them. Treat yourself to some good beer...[/QUOTE

    I like your thinking...

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    Very nice, and I like the fact that the 5th bolt is not hidden behind the crank arm (which is annoying on my Suginos).

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    They do look a bit nice. Spray them neon orange.

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    Good looking cranks! The polished finish work, the ti ring and the blue ring bolts is really nice too...great job on that. I have always liked the simplicity of 730 and 737 XT cranks and a UN71/72 square taper BB. A set of blue or ti syncros crank-o-matic crank bolts would be really cool too as the black caps look a little out of place. Thumbs-up on keeping your current set-up which is original and non-conforming to the latest trend. Overall the bike looks great! Its always a bummer when you get a bike well-sorted and then you start trying to figure out ways to improve it. Sometimes if its not broke dont fix it. Hmmm...I should take my own medicine more often methinks.

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    Makes me want to get my old Sinz 5 bolt square taper cranks and strip and polish them for my current ride.
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    I want to climb them.

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    Like everyone else here, keep them. Wait, I'm going to be like aka brad. Send them to me. I just picked up an old school XT bb for my monocog and my shimano LX cranks are seriously outclassed. And I need them more than brad. He's injured and can't ride anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 120
    I'm tempted to go with some ENO's or similar but...I don't know. I think getting them would only be for looks.

    I kind of feel uncomfortable when my bike spec. is above my ability. Do any of you ever feel that way?
    I agree with byknuts, after all, have you really looked at the ENO cranks? They are nice, but aside from the chainring, very plain. And I am not sure what you mean by you would only be getting the ENOs for looks. They use the same square taper BB you are currently using, so other than looks, I seriously doubt you are going to see or feel any difference over what you currently have.

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