Raleigh conversion (hours spent making it look like a Pista); Porter Track, Samson Track, Leto Roadie.
[This is a purely academic question...I just bought 75s and love them.]
Does anyone run the Sugino RDs?
Up until now, I had only seen the black crankarm ones, which looked kind of cheesy. These, though...I think they look pretty good, and at this price point, I would think we'd hear a lot more about them than we do. Anyone have these, or have any thoughts about them?
i had a pair. they will feel extremely flexible if you have ever ridden on better cranks (sugino 75, dura-ace). the rd's are single or double chainring cranks and take a 103mm bottom bracket get a really solid chainline (the 05 pista shipped with rds and a 103mm bottom bracket, in any case). you would be better off buying a used set of shimano ultegra double cranks (older ones -- shimano 600 or whatnot -- that are less ****ing ugly). they will be a lot stiffer and no more or less a "track crank" than the rds. they work well with a 107mm bottom bracket.
The length of the arm on these doesn't actually change, they just drill the hole in a different spot. To me that says cheap ****.
to me that says smart and efficient. Lowering the price by cutting corners in a way that it won't affect performance (well, maybe a few extra grams on the 165's). It means that they are set up to cheaply and easily make more crank sizing options (how often would we see a 167.5 if they had to build a completely new mold just so that the 5 of us who prefer that size could have it?) I wish more manufacturers would do this and once again offer cranks in every 2.5 mm increment from 160 to 180 (or even beyond that range!)
I ride with Sugino RD's and like them because of all the different (and cheap) 130mm BCD chain rings I can use.
I have found the ability to move the chainring between the inner and outer positions gives me the ability to accomodate a greater variety of sprockets and still have a good chain line.
i have RDs and dig em, although i havent ridden with a better crank. i think im getting 75s for the new frame, but the RDs are great for the beater. cheap, flexible as far as chainline goes cause you can put the chainring on either the inside or outside, and pretty nice lookin.