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    Do Shimano cranks shift better?

    Someone once told me that Shimano cranks shift better because the chainrings are ramped and pinned. I noticed that many of the other cranks are now pinned and ramped too. So, do the other cranks with the ramped and pinned chainrings shift as well as Shimano's cranks?

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    I can't tell any difference. By far the biggest difference in front shifting quality comes from careful adjustment of the front derailleur.

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    My first reaction was, "cranks don't shift."

    My second reaction was, "Shimano doesn't do anything better."

    Sorry about that ...

    If you shift properly, i.e., while turning the cranks gently, you "don't need no stinkin' pins and ramps." (None of my bikes have pins or ramps, and I really don't miss them at all.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E

    If you shift properly, i.e., while turning the cranks gently, you "don't need no stinkin' pins and ramps." (None of my bikes have pins or ramps, and I really don't miss them at all.)
    Did you ever have them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScituateJohn
    Someone once told me that Shimano cranks shift better because the chainrings are ramped and pinned. I noticed that many of the other cranks are now pinned and ramped too. So, do the other cranks with the ramped and pinned chainrings shift as well as Shimano's cranks?
    I even have DA 9 with STI and no ramps and pins on the big ring and it's flawless.

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