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Old 03-26-10, 03:25 PM   #1
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Long Cranks testing

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Here's a nice little article about the effectiveness of long cranks for tall riders...

Click here.

Goes some way to proving what I've been finding on my bike.

I've had the go ahead from a university here in New Zealand to do a power output test of long legged riders with varying length cranks. I have to find 8 riders over 6'5" now - which is not exactly easy... Be interesting if I can find them though. And make for a good photo if we can get all of us out for a ride

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Old 03-26-10, 05:51 PM   #2
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I have a 36" inseam at 6'3". I have considered longer cranks. I ride off road70% and am concerned about dragging around corners and technical sections. Any words of knowledge there?
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I have a 36" inseam at 6'3". I have considered longer cranks. I ride off road70% and am concerned about dragging around corners and technical sections. Any words of knowledge there?
I've the same inseam as you - (but I'm taller) so you'd definately be a candidate. I run 210mm cranks.

My bike's built with a higher bottom bracket to remove any clearance problems.

I know there are plenty of people putting custom length cranks on non custom bikes though - and just having to be a bit more mindful of the clearance when cornering or on technical sections.

The extra leverage it gives you is amazing though and IMHO it would more than makes up for the clearance problems.

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