Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
?good crankset for two small chainrings
I did my first CX race today. What a blast! I did it on a loaner. Now I am looking to buy. I was considering some options in the $1,000-1,300 range. What I don't like about those is that they more often than not run 39/53. My friend's bike is 26/44 (12-26) which suited me fine. Redline Conquest Pro runs a 36/46. This is better but it seems 36 is the smallest chainring that particular crank will take. Bianchi Axis comes with small cross-oriented chainrings and seems to have a crank that will take even smaller ones.
I am not interested in the offerings with a triple chainring since they all have a 52 or a 53 as the biggest, which is of no use for me on a X course.
My question is, what is a good crank that will take two small chainrings? I don't want to run a MTB triple crank with only two chainrings because they will not be well aligned (it is desinged such that the middle chainring lines up with the middle cog). I am looking for a product that I can ask a LBS to substitue for the 39/53 monster that most come with (plus I want 175 mm arms).