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Old 01-21-07, 08:59 AM   #1
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Which crankset is a better value

Which crankset is a better value for the money a Shimano 105 triple or a Bontrager Race Triple GXP Crankset w/ External BB ?
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Old 01-21-07, 09:10 AM   #2
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How much money?
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If in doubt, I'd go with Shimano. That way, if you have shifting issues afterward, you'll KNOW that the problem has to be something other than the crankset or chainrings.
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Which crankset is a better value for the money a Shimano 105 triple or a Bontrager Race Triple GXP Crankset w/ External BB ?
I have no experience with external BBs, but I am thinking that, in the long run, they're probably not good value.

The 105 is square taper?
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I have no experience with external BBs, but I am thinking that, in the long run, they're probably not good value.

The 105 is square taper?
I don't know how they are going to play out in the future but EVERYBODY has switched to external bearing bottom brackets, including Campy which is usually very conservative. I expect there are no major or inherent weaknesses or the word would have certainly gotten out by now.

The 105 could be a square taper or Octalink.
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New 10 speed 105 is octalink with external bearings. The same design and bottom bracket as 10 speed ultegra.
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The Shimano triple 105 uses the Octalink V1 splined bottom bracket. I think the Shimano 105 group is the best value for the money from Shimano; I knew lots of folks that raced on that stuff.

I think the Shimano set cost about $200 whereas I believe the Bontrager is over $300.

Which crankset is better depends on who's advertising your reading!!! One would hope the more you spend the better the component, but you and I know that's not always the case.

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I've had both and think as far as quality, they are very similar. But, all things being equal, the Shimano would probably be what I would think is better simply because of the availability. I would think the Bontrager is much more limited in who has access to it.
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No way I'm paying $300 for a Bontrager crank.

Ultegra triple octalink for $90 http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...0Road%20Cranks

105 triple external for $185
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The Ultegra at that price is basically the main reason I bought one
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the better crank is the bontrager.

the better value crank is the shimano.

i cant see how anyone can claim that a square taper/octalink/isis system is better then the most recent external systems.
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If we're talking 10-speed the 105 triple comes with 50-39-30 chainrings, that would be the better choice for me and, depending on your needs, it may allow for a slightly smaller cassette.

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the better crank is the bontrager.

the better value crank is the shimano.

i cant see how anyone can claim that a square taper/octalink/isis system is better then the most recent external systems.
What's better about the external systems? Stiffness? We're not going to claim that stiffer is faster here are we?

Regarding a good crank value: Ultegra 6500 Double for $70!!! http://www.pricepoint.com/detail.htm...offer=EM071EM2
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New 10 speed 105 is octalink with external bearings. The same design and bottom bracket as 10 speed ultegra.
The 10-speed 105 and Ultegra cranks are both external bearing and install the same way but they are not Octalink.
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