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    3pc cranks or 1pc

    I was wondering if its worth upgrading a GT JAMIE BESTWICK to 3pc cranks
    3pc seems to be heavier
    so what makes 3pc cranks so much better

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    theyre stronger and they look a lot better. and theyll last you longer, as long as you dont put cheap pedals on it, coz theyll just snap off. they also dont need as much attention as a 1pc (tightening, greasing etc)
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    1pc. sucks so much a**. I used to use 1pc till i got my 3pc Profile from a friend..Much stronger, stiffer, and overall better

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    get the 3pc
    the great one

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    3pc. are easier to take off too...

    3pc. should be what every good rider rides
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    Originally posted by DynoVFR
    Much stronger, stiffer, and overall better
    Yeah, that's what she said.
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    the 3piece acellerate so much faster

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    If you want to look cooler and have money to spend, go for it.

    3pc cranks won't make you faster. Won't make you a better rider. Won't be significantly lighter unless you go with alloy crank arms. In which case, you end up with less durable cranks that are harder to service.

    1pc are easy to service. All you need is a large adjustable wrench. They're dirt cheap. Plenty durable. Typical BMX 1pc cranks are forged chromoly and will be as strong as any 3pc except titanium.

    3pc cranks do look nice, though. Counts for something.

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    3 peice bmx cranks are by far stronger than 1 peice. I had a set of the original gt alloy ones that never had any problems for the 10 years or so that I rode them. 1 peice on the other hand have a nasty habit of breaking and stabbing the person riding them in the leg.

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    ride your one piece cranks until you KNOW why you should go to three piece. you will figure it out on your own if you continue to ride hard for any period of time.

    if your one piece aren't bent, continue to use them.
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    I would have to say that this person is dead on. Ignore my last post.

    QUOTE=pnj]ride your one piece cranks until you KNOW why you should go to three piece. you will figure it out on your own if you continue to ride hard for any period of time.

    if your one piece aren't bent, continue to use them.[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by shecky
    If you want to look cooler and have money to spend, go for it.

    3pc cranks won't make you faster. Won't make you a better rider. Won't be significantly lighter unless you go with alloy crank arms. In which case, you end up with less durable cranks that are harder to service.

    1pc are easy to service. All you need is a large adjustable wrench. They're dirt cheap. Plenty durable. Typical BMX 1pc cranks are forged chromoly and will be as strong as any 3pc except titanium.

    3pc cranks do look nice, though. Counts for something.
    1pc cranks are a lot less durable. I don't know if you race, ride flat, dirt, park, street, or whatever but 1pc will bend with any stress on them. I've had the same 3pc cranks for three years and i ride almost every day. I do tailwhip tailtaps and if I'd have 1pc I'd have snaped a million of them already. I know because when i did have 1pc I bent so many.

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    heck yeah man upgrade to 3pc, i rode one piece 4ever they're such a pain in the butt. bending, clicking, and snapping. yuck! UPGRADE!!! 3pc feels tighter better and stronger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Pimper
    Yeah, that's what she said.
    hahahahha. thumbs up to immaturity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enigma
    I was wondering if its worth upgrading a GT JAMIE BESTWICK to 3pc cranks
    3pc seems to be heavier
    so what makes 3pc cranks so much better
    A 3pc crank is so much better because it is stronger looks better and alows the bike to travel faster with less work besides the extra weight isnt that much

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    i brought a redline 3pc forged cromo it snapped the other day wasnt cheap either. i would stick to alloy 3 pce, depending on wat you ride but.

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    I have experience working in a bike shop.....I'd suggest the 3pc if you are doing anything stressful like stunts etc.... they do not bend like 1pc. The only thing that happened with the 3pc was bent chainrings, but hey that's gonna happen anyway if you wack it good on the ground. It's then only a 5min job to swap the chainring, where as a 1pc (same with bent cranks) you have to take out the bottom bracket and everything and uggh its just a job we try and flog off to another worker.

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    3pc is nice but 1 piece are so cheap!!!! what do good 3pcs run now a days like... 150??? 1 piece cranks you can get for 10 bucks. just depends how hard you ride and if you want to spend the 150 once or spend 10 bucks 15 times

    and what Brendon said. 1pc is a pain to replace. gotta wiggle it in and and play around with greased up bearing rings and get the bolt tension just right.

    ..... and one last thing if youre a good rider nobody is going to be looking at your crank so who the hell cares what it looks like. ...crazy kids these days
    Last edited by jpel85; 04-20-04 at 02:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpel85
    3pc is nice but 1 piece are so cheap!!!! what do good 3pcs run now a days like... 150??? 1 piece cranks you can get for 10 bucks. just depends how hard you ride and if you want to spend the 150 once or spend 10 bucks 15 times

    and what Brendon said. 1pc is a pain to replace. gotta wiggle it in and and play around with greased up bearing rings and get the bolt tension just right.

    ..... and one last thing if youre a good rider nobody is going to be looking at your crank so who the hell cares what it looks like. ...crazy kids these days
    He said, "crazy kids these days"...Old people like us are the BEST!! I'm 34yrs old and can out bunnyhop most people in this forum...Have fun!! Ken

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    I'm right behind ya Ken! only, I'm one year younger.....
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    Some of you would spend the
    extra cash just to look good??

    Wow.

    Let your riding to the talking ..
    .. if you have any style anyway.

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    Go with a 3pc, with sealed crank
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    3 pc cuz then of it bends only one of the 3 pcs will need to be replaced!!

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    hi, ive been wanting and waiting to upgrade my 1pc crank on my HARO BACKTRAIL X2 2003, to a 3pc crank. I wanted to know that if i do buy a 3pc will i even be able to get it on my frame, and make it work properly?

    thanks

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    If they're not broken, don't bother replacing them. I used the same pair of one-piece cranks for two years before getting some XS 3-piecers.

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