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Old 11-17-10, 01:16 PM   #1
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recommendation for 144 bcd crankset that isn't crazy expensive?

what the title says!

i know of those vuelta pistas....
and i see old campys on ebay....

and if possible keeping it below 80 would be nice.
just looking for options.
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out of curiosity, why?
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if i told you the reason im sure i would get a lecture about all kinds of reasons to stick with 130 bcd.

ill just go with the answer "just because"
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These are great. I bought 2 sets and love them. Great quality for the price >>> http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=1532 Come in many colors and shipping is free for orders over $100.
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You want a cheap 144bcd crank but have you thought about the fact that the majority or 144bcd chain rings are more expensive?
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Personally, I would just drop the cash on a good crankset. Can you still get Omniums for $160? It'll last a long time and Omniums are good enough that you won't feel the need to "upgrade" later on. Plus I wouldn't **** around with anything thats got a cheap chainring on it. The main benefit of having a 144BCD crank is the availability of very high quality track-specific chainrings that are smooth, long lasting, and nearly perfectly round, which eliminates tight and loose spots in the chain. The chainring is a critical part of a really good FG drivetrain. A ****ty non-round chainring will ruin the whole experience.

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Iv got some old SR Custom arms in 144bcd ill sell ya for $80. Ill even include a chainring.
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These are great. I bought 2 sets and love them. Great quality for the price >>> http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=1532 Come in many colors and shipping is free for orders over $100.
same crank here for a bit cheaper:
http://alienbikes.com/
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Personally, I would just drop the cash on a good crankset. Can you still get Omniums for $160? It'll last a long time and Omniums are good enough that you won't feel the need to "upgrade" later on. Plus I wouldn't **** around with anything thats got a cheap chainring on it. The main benefit of having a 144BCD crank is the availability of very high quality track-specific chainrings that are smooth, long lasting, and nearly perfectly round, which eliminates tight and loose spots in the chain. The chainring is a critical part of a really good FG drivetrain. A ****ty non-round chainring will ruin the whole experience.
since i'm running a biopace chainring, i'd have to disagree
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I've used both Suntour Superbe Pro and 70s Nuovo Record double cranks with the Origin8 1/8" CNC rings, short stack bolts and narrower spindles. Works great and I like the look of 144BCD cranks/rings. I bought both said cranks for $30 each shipped here on BF. I polished them and the $25-30 rings and had great looking cranks for $60 each.
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Running a biopace on a fixed gear is kinda a bad idea.
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Running a biopace on a fixed gear is kinda a bad idea.
sheldon brown and i would both disagree with your unfounded statements.
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Running a biopace on a fixed gear is kinda a bad idea.
If the chainline is close enough it probably won't be much of a problem, but it's still kinda silly.
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These are great. I bought 2 sets and love them. Great quality for the price >>> http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=1532 Come in many colors and shipping is free for orders over $100.
cool, wasn't aware of these, thanks!
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gotcha.

well, lets just say ive been wanting to upgrade from the pake crankset, and came across a brand new miche advanced chainring for 15 bucks.
hence wanting a 144 bcd crankset ;p
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Iv got some old SR Custom arms in 144bcd ill sell ya for $80. Ill even include a chainring.
have any pics? or at least a link to a pic of the same model?
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gotcha.

well, lets just say ive been wanting to upgrade from the pake crankset, and came across a brand new miche advanced chainring for 15 bucks.
hence wanting a 144 bcd crankset ;p
Baller. If you wanted to be real ghetto about it you could Craigslist/eBay around for just a drive-side arm and save some bucks.
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Running a biopace on a fixed gear is kinda a bad idea.
I suspect you've never done it. I've never done it, so I have no first hand experience. It sounds odd to me, especially as I look at the spinning BioPace rings on my touring bike. But, if Sheldon did it without issue I'm not going to argue until I have first hand experience.
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Baller. If you wanted to be real ghetto about it you could Craigslist/eBay around for just a drive-side arm and save some bucks.
lol well i guess im not trying to be overly cheap about it, but basically just trying to get an idea of if there is some crank out there im unaware of that has a good balance between price and quality....
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since i'm running a biopace chainring, i'd have to disagree
I don't see how you are disagreeing with me. As I hinted at earlier, there's no reason to use a 144BCD crank unless you really want to enjoy the experience of a high quality track ring. If ultimate stiffness, perfect tension, and chainring roundness are not high on your priority list, don't bother with a track crankset. A biopace ring and/or any chainring of any BCD, bolted to just about any crankset will work just fine.

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i've used biopace chainring on a FG before. It was fine. It was also my first experience with biopace.
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I don't see how you are disagreeing with me. As I hinted at earlier, there's no reason to use a 144BCD crank unless you really want to enjoy the experience of a high quality track ring. If ultimate stiffness, perfect tension, and chainring roundness are not high on your priority list, don't bother with a track crankset. A biopace ring and/or any chainring of any BCD, bolted to just about any crankset will work just fine.

actually, re-reading that, i do agree with you.
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OP, i have a Kazane KZ-2 crankset (the red one) that i scored for 45 bucks. As far as i know it's a rebadged Andel, only for like 40% of the original price. I f'in love it.
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i love my kazane kz2 as well but they only have funky colors and sizes left.

even at 70 bucks, it's a great crank.
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same crank here for a bit cheaper:
http://alienbikes.com/
Maybe they're cheaper if you live in Norway.
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