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    Senior Member rdtompki's Avatar
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    FSA Gossamer replacement - shorter arms

    My Wife and I both have Giant OCR1 bikes. I'm 6' riding a large frame, my Wife 5'7" riding a small (men's) frame. Both cranksets are 175mm. We're both in our early 60's and I'm pretty comfortable with the length, but I think my Wife would be more comfortable with shorter crank arms. What are my options in comparable quality in terms of finding 165mm or do I wind up buying something more exotic (read "more expensive")?

    I know there is varied opinion regarding crank length and much boils down to personal likes/dislikes, but it seems on the average that the shorter your are the somewhat shorter the crank arm should be.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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    Shimano makes many cranks in the shorter sizes... this was the first thing I saw when I started to look online...

    http://www.speedgoat.com/product.asp?part=128284

    I'm sure your LBS can find something similar, although it might not be on sale.
    Sram,

    If there is a shop in your area who offers a professional fit service (like FitKit, similar offerings from Specialized, etc) it is money well spent, and generalyl includes a crank length reccomendation.

    I personally think 165 is very short for someone 5'7", unless she has quite short legs and likes to spin at high rpms... but everyone is different.

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    I personally don't feel more or less comfort in the 5mm difference of crank lengths on my two bikes and others have said the same - though I do feel the physical length difference, but if she feels uncomfortable (not you *feel* she is uncomfortable) then I say go for it.

    I will add that most people will say, concerning bike size tweaking, to not do too drastic of a change at once so maybe try a 170mm? There also is 172.5 out there, which probably means there might be 167.5, though that last size is probably more rare.
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