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Older 105 crank arms---Painted???

Old 07-19-13, 07:37 AM
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Older 105 crank arms---Painted???

Were the old 105 (FC-1055) crank arms painted silver??

Ones like these............

I'm not considering screwing up a perfect or NOS set.

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yes, it's paint, but it's more of a champagne color than silver. brakes, hubs and derailers, too.
I always thought it was kinda ugly and prefer silver-colored stuff. But works well like everything 105.

EDIT: I built a wheel for a 27" bike using an older 105SC hub. same paint job.

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Thank you.

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I don't believe that is paint but is anodizing. It certainly stays on better than paint would in the same enviroment. Roger
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Originally Posted by rhenning View Post
I don't believe that is paint but is anodizing. It certainly stays on better than paint would in the same enviroment. Roger
Hi, +1, looks like anodizing not paint to me, and far more likely, rgds, sreten.
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The 105 sc the ones in the picture were using like a paint, maybe electrostatic paint process, the finish is the toughest thing i ever see. The color is not silver is like a champagne just in case.

The 600 tri color finish was the same process too but in a different color.
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I don't believe that is paint but is anodizing. It certainly stays on better than paint would in the same enviroment. Roger
Nope, it's paint alright, or more accurately some form of baked on powder coat. I had two sets of those cranks, and still have a 1053 rear derailleur and a pair of the same vintage hubs in use and they are all powder coated. It is more durable than plain paint.
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also, I'm not sure that cosmetic anodizing is any more durable than paint. I've seen cosmetic anodizing scratch quite easily. probably less durable - at least compared to the 105SC finish.
Here's that hub (that I pictured above, post-build) before building it up. Gives you more of an idea about the sparkly-ness of the paint, and how it is shoved off by spoke indentations in the flange.
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