Crankset and Bottom Bracket advice
Moved from the flatlands of Nebraska to the mountains of Washington State and my standard double with 11-23 cassette wasn't cutting it (or maybe I'm not tough enough). I bought a 12-27 cassette and installed it but also bought but didn't install an Ultegra FC-6750 Compact Crankset and Ultegra SM-BB6700 Bottom Bracket to replace the Dura-Ace Strandard Crank on my 2003 Merlin Agilis (9 speed). I have 7000 miles on the crank and it looks like it is in pretty good shape.
So I'm having buyer's remorse for dropping $235 on the Ultegra crank and bb. Considering returning them because I don't know if I need them. Climbed a 7-mile Cat 1 last week and was out of the saddle in 39-27 for the last mile but it wasn't like I needed another gear (it would have been nice though).
On the other hand, I think I got a good deal. Wondering if it best to hold on to them since I'm guessing I'll eventually need to replace the DA crank anyway, plus I'm not getting any younger.
Sorry for the rambling. Guess I'm wondering: (1) Is $235 a good deal for what I got, (2) How long does a DA crank last, (3) What would you do?
Last edited by dougneb; 08-02-10 at 09:06 PM.
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