Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - 165 crank vs 170 crank
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10-21-10, 12:58 AM
Is it really a huge difference? For about a 5'11 person is either 165 or 170 close enough to make my recent crankset with 165 crank purchase fine?
Thanks yall! I prolly have ocd and little things/questions like this can nag me :(
Everyones been so helpful.
10-21-10, 01:25 AM
There is a difference. I know I ride between 170mm cranks and 165mm cranks all the time. I spin faster on the 165mm, I find it easier on my knees too. Fits me better as well. If it is for fixed, get the 165mm to help avoid pedal strike, but if it is a singlespeed get the 170mm since you are 5'11.
10-21-10, 01:42 AM
My tandem has 165mm cranks, my touring bike is 170mm, and my road bike is 175mm. Switch between them all the time and don't notice much of a difference. But I do spin at a little higher cadence on the 165s.
10-21-10, 02:12 AM
at your height, get 170s.
i am 5'11" and i normally ride 172.5 on my road bikes. recently bought a track bike that came with 165 cranks and the pedaling felt strange and i suppose it was easier to spin, but i also had some knee pain without even riding that hard. later switched to 170 and felt much better.
10-21-10, 06:22 AM
Thanks everyone :D
I usually prefer 102mm unicycle cranks. It was the only way I could figure out how to prevent toe overlap on my kilo tt.
i was going to get 165s but I guess at 6'2 i'm better off with 170s or 172.5's
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