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Old 11-26-12, 11:42 PM   #1
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Sunlit cranksets

Hello all,

I am building a fixed gear on the cheap. What do people think of sunlit cranks? Specifically what do you think of the following.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003VF...r=8-24&pi=SL75

Any other cheap crank suggestions are welcome
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I didn't actually know you could get a crankset that cheap.

I'd steer clear.
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Old 11-26-12, 11:53 PM   #3
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+1 just like anything sunlite makes is
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How many times do you want to ride the bike?
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I would say crank sets in the $70 range are what your looking for if you want to be serious about this build. At $25, I think the price pretty much speaks for itself for what you can expect out of them. Not going to say some things that are cheap aren't made good but there are certain things where spending some cash counts.
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If you guys knew the dealer cost of those Sunlite cranks, you'd laugh your asses off.
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IDK if they're those specific ones but our low-end dealer has a similar set in the catalog for $5.79 with a quantity break down to $4.99.

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$10 isn't that funny. I was picturing it being something where the dealers spend way more money just getting them delivered than on the cranks themselves, like at the cost of a gallon of gas. I wonder what they actually cost to produce. Even factoring in Leuky's slave labor children to do the metal mining and smelting, you still have to feed them don't you?
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i have a sunlite front rack that was 5.99 RETAIL

my 29er toobs cost more
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$10 isn't that funny. I was picturing it being something where the dealers spend way more money just getting them delivered than on the cranks themselves, like at the cost of a gallon of gas. I wonder what they actually cost to produce. Even factoring in Leuky's slave labor children to do the metal mining and smelting, you still have to feed them don't you?
A few pieces of corn goes a long way. Kids do not need to eat that much.
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If you guys knew the dealer cost of those Sunlite cranks, you'd laugh your asses off.
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We have those at the co-op just as a last resort - need it to get home - change out as soon as you can - crank. eventually the chainring works loose and becomes useless
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to be using the bike to commute with. I I have a Tomasso road bike for the weekend rides. I need something decently reliable to work with. I'm on a budget though. Any other wallet friendly cranks I should look at?

Also, what is the issue specifically with these cranks? I saw them at a local bike shop for 70 bucks. The mechanics said they have installed a few with no complaints. Does anyone have any issues after riding these cranks?
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75% of the reviews say the pedal threads strip.

http://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Alloy-...DateDescending
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I was actually just looking at the reviews on amazon as well. I'll definitely star clear. There seem to be some shimano Altus cranks for reasonable prices as well. I have used them in the past on my older mountain bike and they worked pretty well.

This brings up a new issue. I am planning on only using one of the chain rings on the Fixie. I would like to mess with the gear ratios a bit though. I so I was thinking of buying a triple crank set and just taking he gears I am not using off of the crank spider. I have many chains to use with the different chaining sizes, so that isn't an issue . any thoughts on this idea?
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It provides a better natural light than fluorescent light would, which i really prefer for my photos. Also, depending on the finish, you might get a nice lens flare during the golden hour, providing an even better photo. Just make sure you pick the right filter when uploading to instagram for maximum likes.


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It provides a better natural light than fluorescent light would, which i really prefer for my photos. Also, depending on the finish, you might get a nice lens flare during the golden hour, providing an even better photo. Just make sure you pick the right filter when uploading to instagram for maximum likes.


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Just noticed the chainring and crank arm are one solid piece.

You won't have to deal with any confusing chainring bolts.
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Just noticed the chainring and crank arm are one solid piece.

You won't have to deal with any confusing chainring bolts.
Are you referring to the sunlit cranks? Or the shimano Altus I mentioned.
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What I'd use those cranks for:


About as crappy as you can get man. STEER CLEAR.
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Even factoring in Leuky's slave labor children to do the metal mining and smelting, you still have to feed them don't you?



OP, with the shimano altus crank in mind, I would just save up/ allocate more money for a decent proper crankset.
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