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    The Cook's Crank Thread To End All Cook Crank Threads

    Alright, these Cook cranks are complicated. i've noticed that even the more accomplished collectors are still in somewhat of a fog with these things. they were made by two different companies that did not get along and there are many different models with only slight variations.

    i'm throwing out a bunch of photos here of a lot of the older generaions of cranks. if you have any history at all on companies and their feud or know the model's please let us know. if you have good photos of Cook cranks add them to the thread as well. the idea here is to have a complete record. i think i even found a sucker that might make a web page as a resource.

    some of these cranks are the same but i thought i would stick them in there for eye candy anyway.

    set #1
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks001.jpg">

    set #2
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks002.jpg">

    set #3
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks003.jpg">

    set #4 these have a groove on the backside
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks004.jpg">
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks005.jpg">

    set #5
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks006.jpg">

    set #6
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks007.jpg">

    set #7 groove on backside
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks008.jpg">

    set #8 grove on side
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks009.jpg">

    set #9 this one's really odd. one arm is groved on the side and the other is groved on the frontside
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks010.jpg">
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks012.jpg">

    set #10 no groove at all
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks013.jpg">

    set #11 steel cranks
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks014.jpg">

    and just for fun my bottle opener
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/misc/May18041.jpg">
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    wow

    cook steel cranks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    cook steel cranks?
    yeah, those were made by Cook Quality Products. these one's are actually Velodrome cranks in 167mm. i'd like to find some mountain one's.

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    fixxie?

    Quote Originally Posted by Veloculture
    yeah, those were made by Cook Quality Products. these one's are actually Velodrome cranks in 167mm. i'd like to find some mountain one's.
    wait,velodrome cranks,vintage.now you really got my attention.i love fixed gears,i love vintage parts,i relly love steel cranks,whos got more info(besides doug lexington)

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    I can host pictures. Email to me as attachments, and without viruses, at bushpig.vrc at gmail dot com.

    http://neko.afraid.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=630 is where they will be. If you have any information about the crank I will add that too.

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    I have a set of Cook Bros racing in 176, with a wallowed/expanded taper on the drive side. If someone has either a good drive side they'd like to trade to me or needs a good non drive side PM me. Not really looking to sell or buy, more interested in trading.

    The cranks are from around 1989 and have grooves on the sides.

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    The fact that you have that many Cook Bros cranks blows me away.

    I only have three sets.
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    Cce

    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    The fact that you have that many Cook Bros cranks blows me away.

    I only have three sets.
    you have CCE (Cook Crank Envy). it's OK. you really only need 3 sets. i have a sickness.

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    Hey I have three sets, its not that satisfying.

    I also have a stray left side RSR and a need for a new bottle opener. Sweet, the saw comes out tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    Hey I have three sets, its not that satisfying.

    I also have a stray left side RSR and a need for a new bottle opener. Sweet, the saw comes out tonight.
    awesome. post pics.

    now which model is the RSR again? i forget this everytime someone tells me. i honestly dont know the model most the cranks i posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veloculture
    you have CCE (Cook Crank Envy). it's OK. you really only need 3 sets. i have a sickness.

    Haha...I might have a little envy.

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    Here's some:





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    Quote Originally Posted by Veloculture
    awesome. post pics.

    now which model is the RSR again? i forget this everytime someone tells me. i honestly dont know the model most the cranks i posted.
    Actually, it won't be too soon. I live in a small apartment in SF and have nonessentials in storage in my Mom's garage in the burbs.

    Was that the piece you wanted to show off on your 'post your broken part/bottle opener thread'? We left you hanging on that one.

    The RSR is the dogbone with the hollowed out back. The CBR is the samething if it isn't hollowed out. The bikepro sticky at the top is pretty good for Cook stuff.

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    memories, I had a set of CBRs 181mm in black, guy I knew broke them doing trails type tricks. I'd be lovin life if they were on my Single right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKullman
    memories, I had a set of CBRs 181mm in black, guy I knew broke them doing trails type tricks. I'd be lovin life if they were on my Single right now.
    i took them off my SS just recently <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/slingshot_singlespeed/3.jpg">

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    Guys.. here's another one... I recon its a one-off....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroen
    Guys.. here's another one... I recon its a one-off....
    I think that is one of the ones that Cook Bothers sued CQP over for copyright infringement. Not oa one-off, but definately had a limited production.

    Hey SKullMan, which arm of the 181's died? I still have a left side 181 after my drive side broke.

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    i've had a couple of sets of those kinds of Cook cranks in the past. i wonder what they're called?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    Here's some:




    the bullseye owns all the cooks. bullseye is crank daddy.
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    info request

    so who's got more info on the fued?

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    I remember them all except for pic 5. What were those called, they aren't E cranks unless an early model of E's??

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp
    I remember them all except for pic 5. What were those called, they aren't E cranks unless an early model of E's??
    thats a later model E 2 crank very similar to the F cranks which I own and love. Noone posted a pic of the F cranks yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    I think that is one of the ones that Cook Bothers sued CQP over for copyright infringement. Not oa one-off, but definately had a limited production.

    trust me... they're one-offs
    No, I am not retro.... I am way ahead of my time...

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    cook F

    Here a cook f, I think!
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    well yeah, they're one offs cause you changed the spider but arms i've had before although they are somewhat rare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    Hey SKullMan, which arm of the 181's died? I still have a left side 181 after my drive side broke.
    It was the Non-Drive I wish I'd have known about VRC when I still had them, if it even existed...they are unfortunately filling up a landfill somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroen
    trust me... they're one-offs
    I noticed after I posted that the spider is the same as the RSR. That isn't my old spider mounted to a CQP crank by any chance, is it?

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKullman
    It was the Non-Drive I wish I'd have known about VRC when I still had them, if it even existed...they are unfortunately filling up a landfill somewhere
    Damn, I was thinking of some fair way to do it where we chose some well known event with a 50/50 chance of going either way and use it as a long-distance coin flip to see who would get the other's arm.

    I have a hard way of throwing something like that away. I held onto the broken side until Jeroen posted looking for a spare spider.

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    You'll never find one of these. Custom crank gauge since they never used to put lengths on the crankarms.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    I noticed after I posted that the spider is the same as the RSR. That isn't my old spider mounted to a CQP crank by any chance, is it?

    cheers

    Yes or no.. I wrecked up one and only with the second spider I had enough 'experience' to do it right.

    The spider still needs to be black anodised before the assy is finished.
    No, I am not retro.... I am way ahead of my time...

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    I like E2 cranks.
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    2am research

    i'm laying down some model names that i researched so that they can be laid out as public record. it's late at night (or early in the morning) and i had some time.

    below is the E-crank and the first crank to have a user interchangable spider
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks001.jpg">

    below is the E2 crank which looks like it was the last crank Cook bros made. it's the second model to have interchageable spiders.
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks006.jpg">

    below is the Cooks Old Bonz. this was the single speed model which used an Isis bottom bracket.
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Bonz-t36c.jpg">

    below are the CBR cranks which have arms that are round all the way around
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks003.jpg">

    below are are the RSR cranks which are milled out on the back side for lighter weight and more chainring clearance
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/Cookcranks008.jpg">



    now i'm too tired to keep searching. off to sleep.

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    Whoa

    I'd pay way too much for a set of those blue, Racing E cranks for my '96 ARC-AS rebuild. Been thinking about getting a set of Tune Fastfoots for the sole reason that they're the closest looking crank available of similar quality.

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    New question here. Help!

    When running RSR s w/ hidden 5th arm spider what spacers do I need to use between spider and small chainring?

    I have not run these cranks in years but they are going on the wife's new bike along w/ Ringle rings and paul love / motolites. (should be a cool build)

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    cooks rsr

    I just have to add my Cooks RSR with SRP Ti big and middle rings .

    To the above poster, these are aluminum washers to get the necessary spacing for the granny. It has been 15 years I can't recall anymore where and how I got them
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    Short summary of thread
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    -There are about 5 version of cooks cranks
    -Some cranks have groves on the outside, some on the inside, this is still a mystery
    -The F crank came after the E crank
    -CQP made a crank that looked like CBR but CBR was angry so CQP made a new design.
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    The closeup of those silver RSR's is outstanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by older guy
    I just have to add my Cooks RSR with SRP Ti big and middle rings .

    To the above poster, these are aluminum washers to get the necessary spacing for the granny. It has been 15 years I can't recall anymore where and how I got them
    Hey Older Guy,

    Can we please see the rest of your bike? Just from that portion of your dirvetrain it looks pretty sweet!

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatmikeynyc
    Hey Older Guy,

    Can we please see the rest of your bike? Just from that portion of your dirvetrain it looks pretty sweet!

    Thanks,

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    just click on the* Merlins don't die they get resurrected* thread on this forum.

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    The Cook's Crank Thread To End All Cook Crank Threads

    Quote Originally Posted by older guy
    just click on the* Merlins don't die they get resurrected* thread on this forum.
    Thanks Older Guy - I've actually seen that thread, didn't realize it was the same bike...
    I really like the idea of making your Light Weight Retro MTB into a Slick Road Machine...The Cook Bros. RSR Cranks are extremely appropriate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willi
    When running RSR s w/ hidden 5th arm spider what spacers do I need to use between spider and small chainring?

    I have not run these cranks in years but they are going on the wife's new bike along w/ Ringle rings and paul love / motolites. (should be a cool build)

    Thanks,
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    get out your calipers and measure the distance from the big ring and middle,call you LBS and ask if they got the spacers you need,or just bring em your crank.wheels manufacturing or problem solver's does a kit that most shops will keep in stock.

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    Oh man, all that's Cook! (bows in worship) I await thee in red, 181's please.

    So what about reliability between types? I never heard a bad thing about them untill reading past posts here. (shrug) Anyone care to comment? If I DID get a pair it would be to ride them ..... RIDE, not baby. Should I stop dreaming now or ..... ?
    I ..... need ..... DIRT!!!!!

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    New question here. Little Help

    I am trying to put a set of CBR RSRs back in to action on the wife's Surly Karate Monkey. I can not remember what BB I ran w/ these and all of the shimano bbs I have the drive side spindle is not long enough.

    HELP!

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    ... and if we just ...

    RSRs on a 73mm bb .........128mm spindle Hadley works like a champ!

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    Quote Originally Posted by older guy
    ...SRP Ti big and middle rings
    those are really pretty rings. i like the narrow profile. are they durable?

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    I've had them since '91 or '92. Used regularly for 5 years then mothballed until 2 years ago. I replace the chain regularly as these are not expensive. This I believe helps in keeping wear to a minimun.

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    The Cook's Crank Thread To End All Cook Crank Threads...

    Quote Originally Posted by erkan
    Short summary of thread
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    -There are about 5 version of cooks cranks
    -Some cranks have groves on the outside, some on the inside, this is still a mystery
    -The F crank came after the E crank
    -CQP made a crank that looked like CBR but CBR was angry so CQP made a new design.

    I think that I've probably owned all 5 versions, as well as all of the various variations of each of the Cook's/Cook Bros. Racing crank arms over the years, but I personally prefer the "CBR" or before they were even called anything but the solid old school "Dog Bone" design even though they are probably the heaviest, they seem to be the least likely to crack - but I have never actually cracked a set in over 20 years of riding Cook cranks exclusively.

    I've finally gotten around to taking a photo of all of my current Cook Bros. Racing Cranks.

    Here is an image of all of my current stock of both loose arms, as well as what I have installed on my bikes:



    Here is a sampling of some Cook crank arms that I have owned over the years but no longer have
    (these are only the ones that I have photos of!) :


    And just for kicks here are my Cook Bros. Racing Stems:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatmikeynyc
    I think that I've probably owned all 5 versions, as well as all of the various variations of each of the Cook's/Cook Bros. Racing crank arms over the years, but I personally prefer the "CBR" or before they were even called anything but the solid old school "Dog Bone" design even though they are probably the heaviest, they seem to be the least likely to crack - but I have never actually cracked a set in over 20 years of riding Cook cranks exclusively.

    I've finally gotten around to taking a photo of all of my current Cook Bros. Racing Cranks.

    Here is an image of all of my current stock of both loose arms, as well as what I have installed on my bikes:

    Michael-NYC

    Now that's a helpful post!

    I think you're running out of cranks though.
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    Are current model Cook Bros cranks any good ? I see they have some for sale on the site
    but are only available in silver.How do they compare with Race Face or FSA ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarbaby4Ever
    Are current model Cook Bros cranks any good ? I see they have some for sale on the site
    but are only available in silver.How do they compare with Race Face or FSA ?
    There are no current models. They are out of business, or as Jim Kish says, "They're not dead yet, they just smell funny." They are doing non-bicycle work now. He shares shop space with them and even his NOS supply is depleted.

    This is a really good thread, btw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadence90
    There are no current models. They are out of business, or as Jim Kish says, "They're not dead yet, they just smell funny." They are doing non-bicycle work now. He shares shop space with them and even his NOS supply is depleted.

    This is a really good thread, btw!

    Then what are these ?

    http://www.crankbrothers.com/cranks.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarbaby4Ever
    Different company. Crankbrothers vs cookbrothers. Similar name and from the same area.

    Cook has their site up but won't fill orders. It has been like this for a year +.

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarbaby4Ever
    Those are Crank Brothers cranks.
    This thread is about Cook Brothers Racing cranks.
    An entirely different thing, I assure you.

    Cook Brothers Racing is no longer producing or selling bicycle components, even though the old web site still exists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarbaby4Ever

    Uh, no disrespect Tarbaby4Ever, but "Crank Brothers" and "Cook Bros. Racing" are 2 totally different companies.

    These would be the most recent offering from COOK Bros. Racing:

    http://www.cookbros.com/Cranks21.html

    But like some others have just said, you're not going to be able to get anything from them as Cook Bros. Racing is not producing or selling any of that great stuff at this time, they are focusing on other projects outside of the bicycle industry which unfortunately is more profitable because as much as we here love this stuff, we are simply not a large enough force to drive them to bring this stuff back to our small niche market as there is not really too much money to be made on CNC bike parts like this since other companies mass produce products elsewhere making it hard for smaller innovators like Cook Bros. Racing to compete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatmikeynyc
    Uh, no disrespect Tarbaby4Ever, but "Crank Brothers" and "Cook Bros. Racing" are 2 totally different companies.

    These would be the most recent offering from COOK Bros. Racing:

    http://www.cookbros.com/Cranks21.html

    But like some others have just said, you're not going to be able to get anything from them as Cook Bros. Racing is not producing or selling any of that great stuff at this time, they are focusing on other projects outside of the bicycle industry which unfortunately is more profitable because as much as we here love this stuff, we are simply not a large enough force to drive them to bring this stuff back to our small niche market as there is not really too much money to be made on CNC bike parts like this since other companies mass produce products elsewhere making it hard for smaller innovators like Cook Bros. Racing to compete.

    Michael-NYC


    Thanks to the last three posters for informing me of the truth without making me feel like a complete and utter idiot They seem popular and of great qc,why then have they stopped producing these great drivetrain components? Is thier not a market for this stuff,even a small when at that ?


    Edit: ps .... The crank set in the link I posted,is it any good ? In comparison to XT,Race Face,or FSA products ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarbaby4Ever
    Thanks to the last three posters for informing me of the truth without making me feel like a complete and utter idiot They seem popular and of great qc,why then have they stopped producing these great drivetrain components? Is thier not a market for this stuff,even a small when at that ?


    Edit: ps .... The crank set in the link I posted,is it any good ? In comparison to XT,Race Face,or FSA products ?
    Tarbaby4Ever,
    First, as Mike already pointed out above, CBR decided several years ago to terminate their involvement in producing bike products. This may have had to do with the fact that they are a small shop, and found the competition from the big boys difficult. It is becoming more difficult to compete against the bigger company's resources and price points. WI, Boone, Middleburn, etc. manage to hang in there. Moonhead, for instance, could not.

    However, I also think that CBR left cycling to concentrate on other fields (environmental, etc.) and to, as I hear it, also spend some real "quality time" in Baja.

    Regarding the Crank Brothers cranks, I haven't tried them and so cannot comment. I have RaceFace Deus XC and love them.

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    I know it's not cranks, but I saw some stems....
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    I'm pretty sure those are Topline cranks, an offshoot of Grafton, we used to carry those and the CQPs at a shop I worked at wayback when. Toplines were identifiable by the triangular shape around the pedal threads and the holes in the spider.

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    Crazy high price NOS set

    Man $657 for a set of nos cook bros. crank arms. Them Europeans have mad money to burn.

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    Crazy high price NOS set

    Man $657 for a set of nos cook bros. crank arms. Them Europeans have mad money to burn.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=160038800926

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    old, old thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroen
    Guys.. here's another one... I recon its a one-off....


    not one off, I just found a set!
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    Yup, Gotta set too. They just dont do it for me though. Love them dogbones.

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    Cook Crank Caps

    Does anyone have an extra set of silver (or black) crank caps for Cook Bros cranks? I just picked up a set of silver RSR that's I'd like to finish.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by chruby99
    Man $657 for a set of nos cook bros. crank arms. Them Europeans have mad money to burn.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=160038800926

    oops double post
    Here are a few pics of the cranks I saved since the auction link is no longer working if anyone was wondering.
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    This auction is not for a set of Cook Brothers cranks but a set of cranks sold for a much more ridiculous price than the blue ones above, $1321 plus shipping!!!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEDW:IT&ih=002

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan4bikes
    not one off, I just found a set!
    The one-off designation relates to the spider.

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    here are some more cranks i picked up recently

    steel mountain bike CQP cranks
    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/feb13065.jpg">

    mountain bike crank set and a NOS road bike crankset with Cook chainrings.

    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/cook%20cranks/cookcranks.jpg">

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan4bikes
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroen
    not one off, I just found a set!
    ... but not with that spider..
    No, I am not retro.... I am way ahead of my time...

    "...though a lot of marijuana was smoked in the early days of mountain bike development, not all of the riders were potsmoking hippies... " Frank J. Berto

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    Seatpost

    Anyone knows what year the production of these Seatposts got started? I estimate about 93.
    Yes I do regret that I cut it down to approx. 290mm for that it could be used on a road bike.


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    Sorry if this is spam but I have a set of COOK BROS cranks circa 1992 (same as #10 in the first post) available if anyone needs them for a VRC project. They are in well-used condition but work just fine and I don't expect to get huge $ for them.

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    I have what I believe to be type e cranks, 170mm, 110bcd spider :

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    Hi all, I have a question about some cranks I'm selling on ebay . I listed them last night and I've already got more interest in these frickin' things than anything I've ever sold on ebay. yesterday someone (one of you i'm guessing) said that they weren't actually cook bros cranks but a rip off of said cranks after the company got sold. i'm concerned that i am selling something that i am not representing correctly. can anyone tell me if these are legit? they DID say "cook bros racing" on them before i scotchbrited and steelwooled it off but i never thought i was going to sell them at the time. thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by disraeli
    Hi all, I have a question about some cranks I'm selling on ebay (item 260101197551). I listed them last night and I've already got more interest in these frickin' things than anything I've ever sold on ebay. yesterday someone (one of you i'm guessing) said that they weren't actually cook bros cranks but a rip off of said cranks after the company got sold. i'm concerned that i am selling something that i am not representing correctly. can anyone tell me if these are legit? they DID say "cook bros racing" on them before i scotchbrited and steelwooled it off but i never thought i was going to sell them at the time. thanks!
    They aren't Cook Bros they are Cooks.

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    Yeap, Bushpig is correct.
    They are CQP (Cooks Quality Products) cranks. Looking at the pics from the auction, I see a little rectangular shaped area on the drive side crank arm next to the bottom bracket hole that's a little more shiny that the rest of the crank arm. That's where the American flag sticker used to be when they were new. I have a set of these cranks and I took off the torn flag sticker so I can repolish the cranks. You can see an example of the flag in the 48th post by fatmikeynyc on page two of this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardguy
    Yeap, Bushpig is correct.
    They are CQP (Cooks Quality Products) cranks. Looking at the pics from the auction, I see a little rectangular shaped area on the drive side crank arm next to the bottom bracket hole that's a little more shiny that the rest of the crank arm. That's where the American flag sticker used to be when they were new. I have a set of these cranks and I took off the torn flag sticker so I can repolish the cranks. You can see an example of the flag in the 48th post by fatmikeynyc on page two of this thread.
    You are correct! I did pull that American flag sticker off to polish the cranks. Thank you both. I'll update my description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disraeli
    Hi all, I have a question about some cranks I'm selling on ebay . I listed them last night and I've already got more interest in these frickin' things than anything I've ever sold on ebay. yesterday someone (one of you i'm guessing) said that they weren't actually cook bros cranks but a rip off of said cranks after the company got sold. i'm concerned that i am selling something that i am not representing correctly. can anyone tell me if these are legit? they DID say "cook bros racing" on them before i scotchbrited and steelwooled it off but i never thought i was going to sell them at the time. thanks!
    Do you have ANY idea what you've started?!?!??!!? Seriously, now EVERYONE with 181s to pawn has them listed. There's THREE of them on there now.

    THHHHHHHRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A year ago I would have KILLED for these, but noooooooo. Now, I have integrated cranks on my bikes and i'm happy and now THIS.

    ****!

    There's a thank you in there somewhere, read between the lines.




    And for everyone else - anyone care to inform me of how the spider on, oh, say a CBR crank installs on the arm? Looks like a bolt for orientation/retention and a circlip for additional retention? Maybe i'm lucky enough to see a pic unassembled?

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    I will see you all in hell, you fargin' iceholes.

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    Here is a set of early CQP cranks (pre Cooks Bros. and Grafton days).

    So what exactly was the deal regarding the Cook Bros meltdown with Precision Tooling (together produced CQP cranks)? My understanding is that founder of Cooks Brothers was actually involved with the manufacure of the CQP crankset, which was produced by Precision Tooling. Owner of Precision Tooling and later Cook Brothers butted heads. After Cooks Brothers was spawned, Cooks Brothers and CQP got into a pissing match as to who owned rights to produce the original design. You will notice that early Cooks Brothers crank looks nearly identical to CQP. Cooks Brothers tweaked their earlier designs to seperate themselves from CQP, while CQP held fast to initial design. What pissed Cook Brothers off is that CQP, out of nowhere, copied the Cook Brother's milled out spider, which sent sh!t flying (out of spite?). About this timeframe, Grafton approached Precision Tooling about making a set of crank arms for them. The partnership started off O.K. and CQP cranks were dropped. Ultimately, Grafton wasn't wasn't paying Precision Tooling fairly, so Precision Tooling started their own line of cranks under the name Topline. Grafton got their panties in a twist and teamed up with someone else to produce their cranksets.

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    This thread makes me teh sad. I used to drool over these cranks but couldn't afford them back in the day....I've never owned a set and apparently youse guys buy 'em up anytime they pop up for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo_matic
    Here is a set of early CQP cranks (pre Cooks Bros. and Grafton days).

    So what exactly was the deal regarding the Cook Bros meltdown with Precision Tooling (together produced CQP cranks)?


    These are pre-Grafton, but definitely not pre-Cook Bros. I dont know all the stories of the Cook brothers' infighting (for lack of a better term), but they had 3 names throughout their time- Cook Brothers, Cook's, and CQP (Cook's Quality Products). Maybe somebody knows all the details to these differing names...?

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    Just in case you missed it... I put up some Cook Bros crank caps on ebay. Well, they're not original CBR, but they fit perfectly.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Cook-Bros-dust-c...QQcmdZViewItem

    I've got different colors out there.

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    Here ya go, a set of Cook brothers Dog Bones from around 1982 and a set of Cook Brothers Pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moosegoosenick
    Here ya go, a set of Cook brothers Dog Bones from around 1982 and a set of Cook Brothers Pedals.
    HOT HOT HOT! I want it!

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    Hey Nick welcome to the board. Now why dont you show them the rest of that special cruiser in a new post. cT = Rimspoke2 on vbmx

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosegoosenick
    Here ya go, a set of Cook brothers Dog Bones from around 1982 and a set of Cook Brothers Pedals.

    there we go. Ive only seen those pedals one other time. Very rare and very cool. Thanks for sharin.

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    Just for entertainment.
    Took this picture of my dogbones on Christmasday.


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    Here are my RSRīs:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShamusWave
    Here are my RSRīs:
    I just picked up an Identical pair last night. How tough are these things? I'm running them with an XT bb on a SS rig that wont see much abuse, but I wonder what they'll take...

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    As a side note...

    Talking with my friend Brad from American Cyclery in San francisco, He was telling that the "old" Cook's guy developed a way to make the core of Golf balls using titanium (two halfs then welded togheter) and now he is just producing this Balls since they fly really far and everybody wants them.

    I guess the money is a lot better too.

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    I bought a set of new E-cranks a few weeks ago. I want to use them on a cross/touring/roadish bicycle with a double ring setup (34/48).
    Any ideas on spindle length?
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    just curious how to remove/replace a spider on some RSR's? Anyone here have photos of cranks that are taken apart?

    by the way, GREAT thread, lot's of info, and lots of pics to drool over, haha!
    Schralp it Heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeSATORI
    just curious how to remove/replace a spider on some RSR's? Anyone here have photos of cranks that are taken apart?

    by the way, GREAT thread, lot's of info, and lots of pics to drool over, haha!
    Jeroen did it with a RSR that I broke. I tried to get the spider off with lots of brute force and got no where. It isn't meant to be done. I think he had to drill out the pins in the end.

    He wrote it up somewhere in the forum. Search for his posts.

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    I just picked up two sets of Cook cranks off craigslist- one set by itself, and one set came with a white Bridgestone MB-something-or-other. More on the Bridgestone later. Here are the cranks. I know the first ones are E-cranks. What are the second? I forgot.

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    the second set are the cook's lawsuit cranks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckevlar
    the second set are the cook's lawsuit cranks
    I have a feeling they were called something else in the catalog.

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    they only had one model at that time. They were called black ano or polished

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    Some of my NOS cooks stuff:



    another RSR crank, seatpost, stem, another BB, ring, QR:



    Just for good measures:




    The rest of its on my bikes (set of Road dogbones on the roadie slingshot, RSRs and rings and qrs on the modern Seven, old CBRs on the Fat Ti), not being greedy am I? It will all get used eventually or passed on to people who will!

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