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    More on short cranks

    Ok, so I've finally gotten my act together to try the 160mm cranks from Canfield brothers.

    They're installed on my bike, finally got the right size chainring (160mm), and I'm going to check them out this week as we thaw from the past couple of weeks.

    I've been on 165mm for a while, but I want to see how the size I'm supposed to be rocking according to my measurements fits.

    For the record, I'm 5'4" and have a 29.5" inseam.

    Anyone try anything shorter than 165mm? Raceface was the only ones who made a non-DH crank short enough for a long time, and I'm deciding to give these a go. Anyone else try them?

    I'm not only curious about how they'll feel pedaling, but how they'll feel jumping.

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    Well U probably have seen some of my post....had a machinist cut my 170's and 165's down to 135mm on the CX and mtb bike. I have a 28" inseam. Didn't feel the need to change my gearing, works fine for me. Been riding them short for three yrs now...absolutely love them. I've been mtbiking since 83'
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    My legs are even shorter than yours (28" inseam) so I am intended in ultra-short cranks. How much did you reduce your chainring to compensate? I calculate that one would need a 10% lower gear ratio with the 160s to make up for the loss of leverage (compared to the 175 mm cranks that most times come with). Optimum size for me would be even smaller, if they exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andytiedye View Post
    My legs are even shorter than yours (28" inseam) so I am intended in ultra-short cranks. How much did you reduce your chainring to compensate? I calculate that one would need a 10% lower gear ratio with the 160s to make up for the loss of leverage (compared to the 175 mm cranks that most times come with). Optimum size for me would be even smaller, if they exist.
    I'm going from 165mm to 160mm. I'm not expecting to need to go from a 28t to a 26t on it, as I reduced from a 30t and 175-170mm cranks to a 28t on 165mm. But I think a 28t is where I need to be for now.

    Are you going from 175mm to 160mm?

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