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    What's the difference between removable v's non-removable spiders?


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    A removable spider allows you to separate the driveside crankarm fom the smaller "spider" arms that the chainrings bolt onto. Usually accomplished with some sort of spline and lockring arrangement.

    With a removable spider, you could replace a damaged spider, switch the number of spider arms, or change the bolt circle diameter. I've even seen some pretty color anodized ones on eBay.

    I've got a couple of XT cranks from '98 (I think) One is 4-arm compact, and the other is 5-arm standard (110mm) but both have the same kind of crankarm. I guess it's cool that I could convert the 5-arm to 4-arm or vice versa, but to do so would cost almost as much as a new crank (once you factor in chainrings.)

    I see Shimano has already gone back to a fixed arrangement for the 2000 XT, so it looks like it's already fallen out of fasion with them.

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    Spiders

    So a removable spider offers some advantages. All down to how often you want to play around changing things I guess.

    The fact Shimano have gone back to fixed spiders sounds like the kiss of death for the idea. A bit like their oval chainrings which fell out of favour!

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