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Old 03-31-04, 11:45 AM   #1
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Cranks

My converted road bike has cranks are giving me a hard way to go. So, I'm thinkin' that Sugino's are the way to go, as everyone who's on the koolaid seems to be using them. Main problem with my cranks is that the chain ring bolts simply don't hold the chain ring on, and they've "wallowed" out the holes.

What is there to know about cranks, what fits on the bike I have, and what's worth the cash, and what's not worth the cash...?
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My converted road bike has cranks are giving me a hard way to go. So, I'm thinkin' that Sugino's are the way to go, as everyone who's on the koolaid seems to be using them. Main problem with my cranks is that the chain ring bolts simply don't hold the chain ring on, and they've "wallowed" out the holes.

What is there to know about cranks, what fits on the bike I have, and what's worth the cash, and what's not worth the cash...?
You can get a set of Shimano Sora 165mm cranks from Harris Cyclery, for pretty cheap, and run them on 113mm bb's and you will never have a problem again. You should throw away the chain rings that come with the cranks as they are cheap steel rings and not very good. You will also need a new set of single stack chainring bolts and nuts and probably a new chain ring of appropriate tooth count. I have run 4 of these combo's on various bikes for at least 5 years and have never had anything but good luck. They are 3/32 chain tooth count so you can run Sram PC-48 chain which is cheap also.





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You can get a set of Shimano Sora 165mm cranks from Harris Cyclery, for pretty cheap, and run them on 113mm bb's and you will never have a problem again. You should throw away the chain rings that come with the cranks as they are cheap steel rings and not very good. You will also need a new set of single stack chainring bolts and nuts and probably a new chain ring of appropriate tooth count. I have run 4 of these combo's on various bikes for at least 5 years and have never had anything but good luck. They are 3/32 chain tooth count so you can run Sram PC-48 chain which is cheap also.
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This is exactly what I did and I couldn't be happier. I still crunch the pedals every now and then going around tight turns, but whatever.....

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You can get a set of Shimano Sora 165mm cranks from Harris Cyclery, for pretty cheap, and run them on 113mm bb's and you will never have a problem again. You should throw away the chain rings that come with the cranks as they are cheap steel rings and not very good. You will also need a new set of single stack chainring bolts and nuts and probably a new chain ring of appropriate tooth count. I have run 4 of these combo's on various bikes for at least 5 years and have never had anything but good luck. They are 3/32 chain tooth count so you can run Sram PC-48 chain which is cheap also.





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Have a shop around that might hook you up with lightly used or swapped out cranks of the right length? I got about half of the parts I needed for my conversion from my local shop for nada.

Of course, results vary a great deal, but it never hurts to ask. Maybe you'll at least find some for el-cheapo.
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In addition, Harris will set up the cranks up with the needed bolts/rings if you ask them too
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You can get a set of Shimano Sora 165mm cranks from Harris Cyclery, for pretty cheap, and run them on 113mm bb's and you will never have a problem again. You should throw away the chain rings that come with the cranks as they are cheap steel rings and not very good. You will also need a new set of single stack chainring bolts and nuts and probably a new chain ring of appropriate tooth count. I have run 4 of these combo's on various bikes for at least 5 years and have never had anything but good luck. They are 3/32 chain tooth count so you can run Sram PC-48 chain which is cheap also.
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I second this choice. The Sora's have been good for me. Aluminum, so they are light. Nice brief 165 length.
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I have a SR 52/40 with the 40 removed and the 65 cranks that came with it. The thing is huge but it also has a built in chainguard. I picked it up for like 20 bucks off EBAY and couldnt be happier.

My whole bike is 70's and 80's jap stuff and it's decent if not l337. Sakae drops, SR post and crank, fuji steel, for something on the cheap old jap stuff is making me happy.
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My whole bike is 70's and 80's jap stuff and it's decent if not l337. Sakae drops, SR post and crank, fuji steel, for something on the cheap old jap stuff is making me happy.
i'm surprised noone has crucified you for saying jap yet.

sorry, but: what is a sr 52/40? what brand? 20 bucks for a crankset is pretty cheap. i've been having problems w/ mine so i'm kind of interested in what else is out there.
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i'm surprised noone has crucified you for saying jap yet.
I'm offended by your use of the term "crucified."
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Would Sugino 165 mm gt style cranks work well?
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Even with single stack bolts, I had a little chain right slippage. The solution...pull Mr. Goetz from the tool box, and hoss down on those chainring bolts. I have 175 Sugino ATs on my ride. They are great, but I try not to turn too much.
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They are great, but I try not to turn too much.
That makes for a long ride home.
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