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    Specialized Strong Arm Cranks

    Looking for some input on Specialized StrongArm cranks....

    I recall riding these in the mid to late 1990s. Looking at the reviews, the chainrings seemed to be junk, but I am interested in the crank arms themselves.

    Were they considered quality crankarms or were they boat anchors, or a low end OEM component? Input appreciated.

    Like I said, I recall using them, but really don't remeber much about them.

    Thanks!
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    Fromw what I recall, there were two versions.

    The hot forged bright silver ones that came on EVERYTHING they offered, from $400 on up. Square taper, functional, unique looking but nothing to write home about.

    They also offered the gun metal (XTR-esque) grey S Works version that was cold forged, and offered in Shimano's V1 Octalink spline pattern that XTR, and road stuff used for the first couple years of Octalink before the pattern split uses and moved to the MTB centric V2 with fatter splining. To my recollection, they never offered the S Works ones in V2.

    Being cold forged, they were at least durable. Beyond that, being someone who can't feel the stiffness differences between say, XTR square taper vs modern cranks, that's where I jump off....
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    Thanks for the information... I was looking for the silver, square tapered kind.

    They do have a unique shape, but I do not recall anything special about them either.
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    Sugino...not very good...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ottoreni View Post
    Looking for some input on Specialized StrongArm cranks....

    I recall riding these in the mid to late 1990s. Looking at the reviews, the chainrings seemed to be junk, but I am interested in the crank arms themselves.

    Were they considered quality crankarms or were they boat anchors, or a low end OEM component? Input appreciated.

    Like I said, I recall using them, but really don't remeber much about them.

    Thanks!
    The originals were made by Sugino and looked like this:

    Vintage Specialized Strongarm Crankset: 175mm, 4 Bolt 104/64mm, Silver Polished - Bike Recyclery

    They were not very good performance-wise - flexy as one would expect for the thin cross-section. A very good friend owned a Stumpy from that time period and rode my DeKerf (with Raceface cranks) and commented on this...

    You would be much better off getting a set of the Raceface forged...

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    I had a bike with the later Octalink sort in 2003 (OEM on a $1600 bike). They definitely were flexy. I usually don't notice crank flex, but I did notice it on these.

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    Silver ones seemed to have a tendency to loosen up and 'ovalize' more than any other crank I've dealt with. I was never super picky about parts for lower end bike builds, but learned to avoid these.
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