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Old 01-15-13, 08:50 PM   #1
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Just something about a . . .

Shimano crank.

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Old 01-16-13, 11:01 AM   #2
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Looks stout. Keep me in the loop on how it holds up. I'll hafta compare the weight to my Atlas FR.

Edit - - Whoa. That's light; 83mm/165:

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Nice crank! I run Atlas FR on the big bike, no complaints but the XTR 970 on the Yedi are stiffer, lighter (i think), and better lookin. Both are a mild PITA to install but with an impact driver the RF's aren't too bad.
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I'm still going to call it ZED at the shop. It looks nice though.
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Being that I'm coming off of holzfellers, with the bottom bracket that really does weigh as much as the piece of military equipment it's named after. Overall, much better than what I had. Also decided that I was sick of 33x16 and needed a new chain anyways so I threw the 36 tooth that came with the crankset back on and put a new chain on it. Much better.
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I'm still going to call it ZED at the shop.
How very Euro of you .
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^^ Zee is Shim's new budget gravity component line. Universal has the M645 (83mm BB) with the bottom bracket and 36t ring for $147 right now.


Dang that's cheap.
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^^ Zee is Shim's new budget gravity component line. Universal has the M645 (83mm BB) with the bottom bracket and 36t ring for $147 right now.


Dang that's cheap.
Very impressive given the price point.
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Having been on bmx cranks and holzfeller and howitzer setups for the past year and a half and go back to a shimano crank, it feels good.

BMX crank with microdrive on a mtb: Done it, got rid of it not going back to it. It's stupid on a 26" wheel and not cost effective.

Truvativ holzfeller and howitzer bb setup: Bombproof setup, setup is a bit of a pain in the rear, need to factor in chainline, weighs a metric ton. Funny thing is I still think this was the better of the two setups that sram had, and it's being phased out for in my opinion an inferior design in the GXP.
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Can someone tell me a little bit more about this crank? I only use the middle ring of my Alivio crankset, and I was thinking about upgrading to either XT or Zee. Zee (zed?) looks very nice, but what is so special about the "gravity" line? Is it as stiff and as smooth as an XT crank, or better?
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Zee a replacement for Hone, or is its intended market different?

Doom, in general, gravity stuff will be burlier and better able to stand up to the abuse that downhillers, freeriders, and jumpers dish out, but will be heavier.

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Zee a replacement for Hone, or is its intended market different?

Doom, in general, gravity stuff will be burlier and better able to stand up to the abuse that downhillers, freeriders, and jumpers dish out, but will be heavier.
Different from hone.
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Agreed. This same setup on two bikes, and it's sweet. Light, stiff. Only downside is having to figure out your own bash/guide setups, since most aftermarket stuff won't work nicely with the tighter chain-line.


Though I have a SRAM S1400 setup with an MRP Bling Ring and Micro guide on one bike, and it's working beautifully as well, just a touch more weight.
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Cutting to the chase, I'm digging the Zee cranks. The weight is good, and is great for it's intended purpose and pricepoint, crankset is plenty stiff. The only thing I can find that I feel needs improvement is the chainring. The chainring just looks and feels a bit on the cheap side, that can be easily taken care of though.
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