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Old 01-08-12, 07:54 PM   #1
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Do you over 6'5 Single Speeders run shorter cranks

to keep your spin smooth or are you sticking to your 180's?

I've always ran 180s but my new Steamroller came with 170s and to be honest, I can't tell a diff...
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Crank length is personal depending on pedaling style more so than height or leg length.
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I ride 172.5 because that's what my bike came with. I've ridden everything from 165-180 and can't tell much difference.
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http://sheldonbrown.com/cranks.html
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I couldn't tell the difference on my FG when I went from 165 to 170 but I felt less cramped going from 170 to 175 on my touring bike. My spin also feels a lot smoother on 175s. In the future when I buy a track frame with a high BB I will ride it with 175s, for now I will stay with 170s on the conversion.
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For a while I had some 165mm cranks on one of my bikes and it felt weird, but I kept them because I was too cheap to sink any money into my beater bike. I've got 175mm on both my SSCX bike and my commuter/LD bike and I no longer feel like a circus clown riding the tiny bicycle.
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With single-speed,go with what feels good for you.

With fixed gear, shorter arms give you more clearance in cornering and thus higher speeds.
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My left knee can tell the difference when it's a 5mm difference, but not a 2.5mm difference.
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