Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Do you over 6'5 Single Speeders run shorter cranks
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to keep your spin smooth or are you sticking to your 180's?
I've always ran 180s but my new Steamroller came with 170s and to be honest, I can't tell a diff...
01-08-12, 08:07 PM
Crank length is personal depending on pedaling style more so than height or leg length.
01-08-12, 09:24 PM
I ride 172.5 because that's what my bike came with. I've ridden everything from 165-180 and can't tell much difference.
01-08-12, 11:01 PM
I couldn't tell the difference on my FG when I went from 165 to 170 but I felt less cramped going from 170 to 175 on my touring bike. My spin also feels a lot smoother on 175s. In the future when I buy a track frame with a high BB I will ride it with 175s, for now I will stay with 170s on the conversion.
01-08-12, 11:08 PM
For a while I had some 165mm cranks on one of my bikes and it felt weird, but I kept them because I was too cheap to sink any money into my beater bike. I've got 175mm on both my SSCX bike and my commuter/LD bike and I no longer feel like a circus clown riding the tiny bicycle.
01-08-12, 11:09 PM
With single-speed,go with what feels good for you.
With fixed gear, shorter arms give you more clearance in cornering and thus higher speeds.
01-08-12, 11:10 PM
My left knee can tell the difference when it's a 5mm difference, but not a 2.5mm difference.
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