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    Need new crank (gears?)

    Hello all, this is my first post.

    Yesterday, I took my 21 speed 2002 hotrock hardtail down a trail here in Alaska, called Pipeline Pass. It is a pretty intense trail for a hardtail and I managed to bend all three crank gears. I am in need of a new set, and it looked like from using the search feature the Shimano XT series are very popular. However, with my bike being a 5 year old bike and being a hardtail I dont want to sink a bunch of money into this bike. I plan on purchasing a full suspension bike next year. So my question is, has anyone tried the Shimano Deore FC-M350 Crankset? Would this be a good purchase for the price?

    Thanks!

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    does it have to be new? why not ebay a used crank?

    but yeah im sure itd be fine for trail riding.

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    If you're buying a new bike in a year or so, any new crank (that fits) will be fine.
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    How do I know what size crank gears I need? I am not too familiar with bike gearing.

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    This was the site I was going to order from...

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5120 69.99

    But I noticed the sponser link....

    And they have this...

    http://wheelworld.com/itemdetails.cf...gId=39&id=4166 for only 54.99

    Do I have a 7 gear speed set? Since my bike is a 21 speed and I have 3 gears... 7x3=21. Sounds logical anyhow.

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    you need to make sure you get a crankset that will fit your bottom bracket's spindle length...its easier to buy a crankset that comes with its own BB
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    I have a square tapered setup currently...

    Should I remove my bottom bracket and switch to an octalink or something else so I have better options for cranksets in the future?

    Are Hollow Tech II Bottom Bracket Cranksets compatible with my square tapered?

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    This is off the subject but where are you up there?

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    My family lives in Wasilla. Ive been wanting to bike up there since I started MTB but my dad and uncles are more hunting, fishing and hiking. They dont like to ride bikes, they think its a wast of time and they tear up the trails like ATVs. They are soo wrong.

    I have the Deore crank on my Fisher. Lately I have been running over a ton of stuff with it. Like logs, rocks, and a fence and I was sure it would bend the big ring but it hasnt yet. I think its a pretty solid crank. You could always up grade your new bike with this crank too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershark
    I have a square tapered setup currently...

    Should I remove my bottom bracket and switch to an octalink or something else so I have better options for cranksets in the future?

    Are Hollow Tech II Bottom Bracket Cranksets compatible with my square tapered?
    First thing to check is if the chainrings on your current crank are removable. If they are, you can replace the rings and not have to worry about investing money in a new crank. If they aren't replaceable, look for a square taper crank. They're a dime a dozen if you can find them Fleabay might be your best bet.
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    Well i dont think you would a whole new cankset, just new chainrings?
    Far cheaper way.

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    I already went ahead and purchase a Shimano FC-M460 Crankset. I havent gotten on it yet to see how well it rides. I was able to finish adjusting the cables last night for the front derailer etc.

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