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Old 10-01-06, 12:05 PM   #1
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Hone components?

I think I made a mistake. I got a killer deal on a set of Saint cranks, but I really don't freeride. I have a 5" dually, so I think I'm going to go with some lighter cranks.

What do you think of Hone cranks? I'm either going to go Hone or LX. I really wish I could get XT or RF Dues, but I don't believe the extra $100-$120 is worth the 70g weight loss when I can spend that money and save almost a 1/2 lb on pedals.

The Hones are 230g lighter than Saints. That's a half pound. That mixed with lighter tires and tubes will lose me about 1.5 lbs. I could save another 1/4 to 1/2 in pedals and another 1/4 to 1/2 in saddle. I thought about selling my hardtail and using the money to get some XT cranks and Crossmax Enduro's (which would save me 1.3lbs of rotating weight BTW) but I just can't bring myself to get rid of the HT.

When I first built my dually with LX HTII cranks, Arami saddle, and lighter tubes, I weighed it at 30.5 lbs. I switched to Saint cranks, DH tubes, and Bontrager Race Luxe saddle and now it weighs 32.65 lbs.


Anyway's, all babeling aside...whatdaya think of Hone cranks? I know they're a little tougher than LX, but really don't weigh more @ 928g.
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Sounds like your turning in to weight weenie!
How much you want for your saints if your selling them?
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Yeah, I've always been alittle weight concious when I can afford it. I figure that if most of what I do is agressive XC, why settle for 32lbs when I can get the bike down to below 30 (a good % is in rotating weight) w/o comprimising my bikes ability to handle my style of riding.

I mean seriously...I've never dropped anything taller than 5' to flat. I think that was with my LX cranks to boot.

Regarding my Saints...I dunno. I was thinking about trying to get in the neighborhood of $115, but I also thought about keeping them to build a FR hardtail. I would freeride if I had proper equipment. I just don't wanna huck big stuff on my Dakar XLT frame with a rear shock and fork that don't even have compression adjustments. I would consider it if I had a Vanilla RLC fork with DHX shock so I don't bottom out. As it stands, to keep from bottoming out...I need so much preload that casual riding and agressive XC is uncomfortable.
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I have the Hone crankset, it feels pretty dang solid to me. I've only been riding it for about a week total but I feel none of the wierd flex my other crankset gave me. We'll see how she holds up in the long run but at the moment I think I made a good buy. If Jensonusa.com still has the Hone's on sale I'd say go for it. Oh, what cassette are you running? I just lost a little over half a pound off my bike by switching to a better cassette and foam grips.
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I mean seriously...I've never dropped anything taller than 5' to flat. I think that was with my LX cranks to boot.
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5 feet to flat is a pretty big drop!
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I just lost a little over half a pound off my bike by switching to a better cassette and foam grips.
I know I'm a bit of a weight weenie, but I'm not going to go foam. I love my Lizard Logo Lock On grips and I don't ever intend to change those.

As far as cassette goes...I'm pretty much full-on XT. (Hubs, cassette, rear der., front der) I can't really save any significant weight there.

I'll probably start looking for Hone cranx, Kenda 2.35" smallblock 8's, lighter tubes and pedals, and a WTB Rocket V saddle. That should put me in the 29lb range or possibly even less.

I don't want to go all "weight weenie" and negate the toughness of the bike. It is a really tough trail bike, it's just not made for freeriding. If I'm gonna freeride, I'm gonna build a dedicated rig. I just do more small jumps and drops mixed with agressive trail riding on this bike, so why make it weigh more than it really needs to? Heck, I was doing 4 foot to flat with LX cranks...that's plenty for a trail bike. I guess basically where I'm at is that Saint cranks are awesome, but I'm never going to bend or break Hones doing what my bike is designed to do so I may as well lose some weight.

So if I can't get 115 for my Saints, I'll just keep them for a future project.
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5 feet to flat is a pretty big drop!
That's what I was thinking. Was it measured in PinkBike feet?
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Was it measured in PinkBike feet?
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5' to flat really isn't big in the world of freeride, is it? Actually, the 5' that I did was on a Cannondale Super-V 900 Comp with a headshock DD60 (that's only 60mm of fork travel). I probably haven't even done 5' these days. I don't really have any terrain like that around here unless I go downtown and jump off stairs and land on the flat. I did do a 4' staircase the other day w/o landing on the stairs...I just landed on the flat.

I know that 5' to tranny is really insignificant as far as impressive FR stuff goes.


Either way, I don't think I need a crankset that could beat the crap outta my frame if need be, hehe. I'd rather everything be more balanced.
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I agree with getting some Hones over lx. 5' to flat is pretty harsh on a bike and if you were to do it multiple times your LX would probably brake. Hell, i've seen a bunch of people DHing with Hones so they are def. strong. It is better to know that your riding a safe and strong bike than to shave a few grams.

My friend was riding some crappy truvativ square taper cranks and did about a 5' to flat...he snapped the BB spindle and had to get 7 stitches down his leg, this was a long long time ago. Just thought I should tell you this.
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why exactly would you do a drop to flat, that isnt at all cool, unless you are ryan leech. when you land you can tell its so bad for the bike/wheels, like yea i loooove flat spots!!!
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If flat's what ya got, flat's what you do...and like I previously stated, I don't intend to do anymore drops unless I have a good tranny, or unless I build a FR bike. I will just stick to agressive XC.

I agree, it's hard on it and I don't do it anymore. I'm working on building a tech loop at our trails that may have some drops to tranny. Should be fun.

BTW, I AM Ryan Leech...hehehehe.

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I never heard of Hone, but I am learning new stuff everyday thanks to all the bashing I get lol. I have LX and I like them, If you think the hone are stronger then I would go with that because If I get more than 3 feet of air over a jump I think hard about my cranks breaking. but then I am 190 pounds also. Havent broken yet
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