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Old 10-16-07, 11:07 AM   #1
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looking for SS crankset recs...

for my new IF Planet X.

specifically looking for crankset recomendations that i can use for SS cross.

thanks in advance!
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Old 10-16-07, 12:23 PM   #2
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paul or white industries cranks would keep the made in usa theme going... just sayin'.
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If you're using a cassette hub in the back, any road double will work nicely.

I ended going for some ridiculously convoluted setup - SRAM Omnium track crank with a 42T Sugino Messenger ring. You can also get a 42T Salsa ring that's 144bcd.

Race Face makes a nice ss mountain crank (chainline issues if you've got 120/130 spacing maybe).

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What about a Sugino XD? Nicely finished, and 110bcd, so you can use small rings if you like. If you are happy with big rings, the RD would be a good option. If you want to push the boat out, you could use a TA Alize or Miche Primato. The Primato is very pretty...
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use a mtb triple with a road 9 or 10 sp gearing in the back for quick acceleration, as for crank arm or even chain ring I say go with something either mtb or bmx, cause bmx is the original bulletproof hardware.

A buddy of mine that rides street / bmx / mtb and trials says trial parts are all just mtb or bmx and both go through a hell of a lot of sh*t.
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I'm running a NOS Shimano 600 road double.
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coming from strictly bmx cranks to an ss cx setup, sugino RD2's feel pretty nice.
i don't think many people need real bmx 3pc's on road or cx bikes.
and the toughest mtb cranks i'd run would be xt.

but nevermind all that. on an indyfab i'd run paul's.
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i guess i should have said that they need to be 170's. most mtb cranks are longer and heavier than i'm looking for.
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What did you end up going with?
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white industries. comes in your 170mm, choice of 32, 34, 36, 38 and 44t chain ring. Pair these with a white industries freewheel, phil wood bottom bracket for an all american, highly reliable, and highly functional drive train.

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I saw a of WI cranks used for show bikes at the NAHMBS. I am considering buying 'em myself. Square taper gives me warm feelings of nostalgia..
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If you're using a cassette hub in the back, any road double will work nicely.

I ended going for some ridiculously convoluted setup - SRAM Omnium track crank with a 42T Sugino Messenger ring. You can also get a 42T Salsa ring that's 144bcd.

Race Face makes a nice ss mountain crank (chainline issues if you've got 120/130 spacing maybe).

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In the end I decided nix this idea - an FSA Gossamer or Energy crankset (110BCD) with either a 38 or 42 on it will make my life a lot easier.
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You know that you can run a 38 and a 42 on a 130 BCD crank right?
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Keep in mind you don't need a SS/fixed specific crank for an SS bike.

On my On-One Il Pompino (120mm rear spacing with Surly New Hub with ~42mm chainline) I run a Bontrager Race Light GXP (road double). With that crank I use the inner position for the chainring with either a bash guard (summer) or short stack bolts (winter, for easier cleaning) . The Bontrager cranks are rebadged Truvativ. From the Truvativ GXP manual (lists cranks chainlines) the chainline for the road doubles are listed at 44.5. For doubles this is measured between the rings. With a 5.0 mm chainring spacing this puts the chainline for the inner ring at ~42.0mm, go team.

I guess my point is there are plenty of options for SS/fixed bikes.
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Keep in mind you don't need a SS/fixed specific crank for an SS bike.

On my On-One Il Pompino (120mm rear spacing with Surly New Hub with ~42mm chainline) I run a Bontrager Race Light GXP (road double). With that crank I use the inner position for the chainring with either a bash guard (summer) or short stack bolts (winter, for easier cleaning) . The Bontrager cranks are rebadged Truvativ. From the Truvativ GXP manual (lists cranks chainlines) the chainline for the road doubles are listed at 44.5. For doubles this is measured between the rings. With a 5.0 mm chainring spacing this puts the chainline for the inner ring at ~42.0mm, go team.

I guess my point is there are plenty of options for SS/fixed bikes.
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http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainline.html
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In the end I decided nix this idea - an FSA Gossamer or Energy crankset (110BCD) with either a 38 or 42 on it will make my life a lot easier.
like posted above, if you are going to run a 39 or 42 you should choose a 130 bcd crank. The larger spider will yield a stiffer power transfer than a 110.
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You know that you can run a 38 and a 42 on a 130 BCD crank right?
Yep.
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like posted above, if you are going to run a 39 or 42 you should choose a 130 bcd crank. The larger spider will yield a stiffer power transfer than a 110.
I was originally going to buy a component that could also see use on a proper track bike build. Instead, I'm going to buy a crankset that can see future use on a geared cross bike. Hence, 110BCD (which works for my body, at least).
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Cool. I've recently chatted with a few folks who didn't know you could go down to 38.
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