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Old 09-14-08, 05:15 PM   #1
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160-165mm crank options?

I am starting on my first bike build and I'm looking at different crankset options... I'm 5' 2" with a 28" inseam and I've found the 165 cranks on my road bike to be much more comfortable than the 170mm I've ridden before. So I want the new bike to have some short cranks also. This is for a utility bike, and I live in a hilly area so I need to be able to spin comfortably.

Specifically...I need a triple, and something affordable or even lightly used because I'm on a budget.

Any suggestions?
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http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...20ATB%20Cranks

I got these for $7.49 a couple months ago.
Cheap but functional.
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http://www.cascadecyclery.com/cart/s...er-p-4236.html

New Shimano R600 compact crankset.

Not a triple, but better than a full sized double.
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Get a Bulletproof crankset for $30 or so; it's basically a BMX crank but any 110 BCD rings will fit. Lots of online places carry them; try Niagra Cycle Works, Bikepartsusa, and so on.

By the way, you will probably be better off with shorter than 160; I've been using 140's and they're just fine (and I'm 6' w 32" inseam).

Also check out this website, extremely cool.
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Get a Bulletproof crankset ...
Not a triple.
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Not a triple.
True, but easy to set up as a triple, you just need spacers and longer bolts.
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True, but easy to set up as a triple, you just need spacers and longer bolts.
I would be interested to see how this is done, given that the bolt circle for the typical inner chainring is smaller than the two outers.
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I would be interested to see how this is done, given that the bolt circle for the typical inner chainring is smaller than the two outers.
Oh, right, duh. My bad. I'm used to bikes with small wheels, where the smallest ring I use is a 36 or something.
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