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Old 05-21-06, 04:32 PM   #1
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28/38/48

I'm interested in slightly altering the gearing on my bike, and putting on a 28/38/48 crank, instead of the 30/42/52 I currently sport.

The only one I've seen anywhere is the Nashbar one. Are there more available out there? If anyone has used the Nashbar touring crankset, how would you evaluate the overall quality of it? I know so very little about the quality of their cranks/etc.

Any words would be helpful!
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Old 05-21-06, 05:55 PM   #2
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Most touring cranksets are available in something similar to that config. Check out Sugino 600 cranksets. I believe they're available in 48/36/26.
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Old 05-21-06, 06:28 PM   #3
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Hybrid cranksets. Same gearing.
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The 26/36/46 teeth cranksets are popular. I have these cranksets in both Shimano and Bontrager.

I have no experience with Nashbar cranksets, but someone ele hopefully will.
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The crank on my 83 is from a Schwinn Mirada and is a Sugino VP with that gearing. Got it from Yellow Bike.
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The Shimano LX (MC-581) is 26-36-48. It the new style with outboard BB bearings, so the BB is included in the price.I picked one up at an LBS in the States for $140 out the door. I'm quite happy with it.
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I just bought and installed the Sugino XD300, 26-36-46. I love it and it's also reasonably priced, if you'll consider it.

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The crank on my 83 is from a Schwinn Mirada and is a Sugino VP with that gearing. Got it from Yellow Bike.
Ah, a Schwinn Mirada... I finally let mine
go to the garbage man about a year ago
but not before I had put banana handlebars
on it, new tires, cleaned and relubed the barings
and rode it for a while.

I kept the seat though and the shock absorber
I had installed for it. Sweet seat really. But then
I went BENT and don't have any use for it.
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Stronglight Escapade comes as 28/38/48
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Have a Sugino on my Tandem so the numbers wont mean much to most. Mine was 26/36/48 but now 24/36/48 and you can go to 24t difference on the front derailler- even though Shimano only recommend 22 as the Max. Only worry is that it may cost you a new bottom bracket aswell for width or types of fixing.

Have you tried to get New smaller rings for your existing crankset? May not be cheaper than a Sugino but you will get better quality rings.
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The main issue is that 52t ring. I don't particularly need it...I think 48 would be about right. While I'm downsizing that then, I would like to incrementally downsize the other front ones, and then downsize the largest cog in back from a 30 to a 28, while upsizing the smallest from an 11 to a 12-14 (depending on what I find.)

Basically, I'm trying to "tighten up" all the spacing in the range that I most commonly use on the distance and commuting riding I do, while still preserving that 1:1 granny bailout for super steep hills on tired leg days.
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XT and XTR come in 22/32/44 and 24/34/46.
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I jut put the Nashbar Treking crank on my commuter. Got about 150 miles on it. So far no problems. Good value. The gear range is an improvement over my MTB chainrings in that I don't spin out as much as I use to. At this point I have no reason not to recommend it.
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I'm running Nashbar's 48/38/28 cranks, they're great. I've got them on an old road bike, couldn't be happier with them. And actually, I should correct that, I replaced the middle and small rings with 36t and 24t, to give an even lower range of gears (and btw, the Nashbar chainrings that can be ordered separately are Stronglights, they even come in a Stronglight pkg). I use the bike for commuting and errand running, sometimes carrying quite a bit of weight, so I like the low gears. The 110/74 BCD is very versatile, with the ability to put up to a 52t big ring, I believe, and a 24t for the small ring. The Nashbar ISIS bottom bracket I bought to go with the cranks seems very good, too, I've put a little over 2000 miles on it and the cranks so far. Heck, for less than $100, you get the cranks and bottom bracket, a great deal as far as I'm concerned-
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I did that to my Serotta awhile back and got all the parts from this site. http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/ Changed out my DA triple for a 48/38/28, for the same reason. No regrets.

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I did that to my Serotta awhile back and got all the parts from this site. http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/ Changed out my DA triple for a 48/38/28, for the same reason. No regrets.

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