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Old 12-20-01, 05:22 PM
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Stiffness and maintenance. One Piece cranks regardless of what material they're made of will flex. Why? I dunno. Probably because they are bent or cast or both. Also, taking one apart is a pain in the arse. Changing your gearing means taking apart, although spiders are available. Another reason would probably be weight! Those one-piecers can be used for small boat anchors. My best guess (and logic) would lean me toward the weight issue.

I really don't know for sure, but I imagine the "coolness factor" has a little to do with it as well!

Nah, I imagine it has to do with the aluminum being light where it can be and the seperate bb is strong torsionally. Combine the two and whala! 3 piece cranks!
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