Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Carlsbad, CA
Bikes: '09 Felt F55, '84 Masi Cran Criterium, (2)'86 Schwinn Pelotons, '86 Look Equippe Hinault, '09 Globe Live 3 (dogtaxi), '94 Greg Lemond, '99 GT Pulse Kinesis
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The cranks should have come with a little plastic serrated finger tool.
The torque specified is indeed small, (1.5Nm as I recall); I have always simply tightened it medium-finger-tight using that, then sequentially tightened the 4mm bolts on the left crank, (a half turn apiece) until they get to 15Nm.
Because the tightening of these bolts will ultimately crimp down on the cap, their proper torquing is more crucial, IMO.
I learned this the hard way when my left crank suddenly popped off, still clipped to the bottom of my shoe during a romp up Palomar Mountain one day. (My fault for assuming that the LBS who conducted the initial assembly was following Shimano's instructions.)
Last edited by calamarichris; 08-12-09 at 12:06 PM.