NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
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Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Powder Coat paint is a process of applying a chemical to the product and then "baking" at very high temps. This provides a finish that can match most other colors and very, very durable.
IOW, the difference between anodizing and powder coat is dependant on what color you want. If you have other anodized parts, get the anodized. If you're trying to match (or contrast) a frame or other component and you want bright colors, get the powder coat.
As stated above, the difference between square taper and ISIS is the bottom bracket. Will this be a replacement for an existing crank? If so, (and you don't want to replace the bottom bracket) get the square taper.
If you need a new bb as well, get the ISIS. The spindle is a hollow axle of a larger diameter and the connection point is a series of splines. The hollow axle decreases weight. The larger diameter increases strenght and stiffness. The splined connection allows for a secure union with no movement and stronger bond!
What rear derailleur do you have? If you have an XTR or a long cage XT (or similar) you're going to want the "Standard" cranks. If you have a regular XT or almost anything else, you'll want the "Compact" cranks. If you get this wrong, you can have problems with chain length and will not have smooth shifting and may be dissapointed with your new purchase!
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