Originally Posted by ethman
THanks again Carlton. What's the deal with the crankiest and BB? Do most riders want something stiffer?
Since you are a road rider, I'm sure you know that when bike manufacturers are trying to trim the MSRP down, they save cost by choosing budget:
- Bar tape
- Bars (in some cases)
- Bottom Bracket (the basic SRAM BB is not very good at all.)
The same goes for track bikes.
The cranksets are usually fine out of the box. But, as you put more and more miles on them, some of the BBs don't roll as smoothly. Sometimes the Q-factor of the cranks is a bit wide. Sometimes the arms are heavy or flexy. Sometimes they just look butt-ugly
My favorite track cranks are Dura Ace 7710. SRAM Omniums are nice and inexpensive (but you will have to upgrade the BB). They are a good option of your feet do not naturally align outward like: \ /
I'm not sure what the technical term is for that. But, that's how my feet align and my heels would clip the cranks at the BB area. To determine this, just jump up in the air and see how your feet are positioned when you land. They will either be: | |
or \ /
or / \
Then there is crank arm length. Some people can really feel the 2.5mm increments. I can. I'm sort of The Princess and The Pea when it comes to bike adjustments.
Originally Posted by gtrob
Roadies can run tempo all year as that's what humans were designed for. If you want to be a cheetah, lay around and lick your paws more.