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Old 06-08-05, 06:06 PM
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Well it's time I replace my 1pc crank...I've done some researching and have found that 1pc cranks aren't bad, but I'm getting more into BMX and I think I'll need a better crank set. (I'm 5'7" 150lbs) So I've been looking around and I've noticed that the Profile cranks are the best, but they are also alot more expensive. I also hear that there aren't many Redline fans out there, but would that be a good crank? Have any of you used the Poverty cranks? The one I'm looking at currently is called the Odessey 3pc Phat Widow crank set, would that be a good set for $115? Thanks - Josh
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Old 06-08-05, 06:26 PM
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yes i run poverty pow's , very very nice cranks for the price you pay, aint had a problem with them yet and ive had them for about 4 months
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Old 06-08-05, 08:12 PM
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if you get odyssey, get the 41 thermal
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Old 06-08-05, 08:19 PM
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For the money I think I'll go with the Poverty type, thanks for the responses guys.
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Old 06-08-05, 08:22 PM
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don't buy stuff just because it is cheaper. you are going to regret it when you need to buy a new crank after cracking the arms or stripping the splines
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That's understandable, I've read about the poverty cranks and have visited other forums and veiwed the posts on this certain crank. I've come up with a good amount of positive feed back on this crank opposed to negative feedback. I'm not the type that will be doing hardcore things at this point in time, my ride is mainly that: A Ride. When I get older and can actually afford better products (and when I get more guts, experiment with tricks) I'll think about the other ones.
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Old 06-08-05, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by queensrider86
don't buy stuff just because it is cheaper. you are going to regret it when you need to buy a new crank after cracking the arms or stripping the splines
you wont crack the arms or strip them...ive put thes cranks through hell and still no problems.
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Old 06-08-05, 10:43 PM
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Old 06-08-05, 11:27 PM
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Josh - don't waste your money on Poverty stuff - or even on new cranks unless you are having some problems with your current cranks.

You are willing to drop over half the price of top notch cranks on some so-so cranks that don't meet anywhere near the level of quality as Profiles? And you don't even have problems with your current 1-piece cranks?

Why are you upgrading? If the bug has bit you to upgrade, get some good wheels, get some better bars... There is nothing wrong with 1-piece cranks if they aren't bent and aren't giving you headaches. In the meantime, save up for some cranks that you will be very happy to own.

Also: CHECK EBAY! There are Profile cranks on there are the time for about $100.00 which is a great way to go.
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Old 06-09-05, 02:22 AM
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Phat Black Widows: Even Chris Cotsonas and Jim Bauer over at Odyssey recommend not using those cranks.

If anything, get Profile Race cranks or Odyssey 41 Thermals.
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Old 06-09-05, 06:31 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I know that Poverty doesn't make top notch stuff, and I know that Profile does, but I also know that Profiles are about $100 more then Poverty. If I get something off of Ebay, I don't want it all to be scratched or anything. I'm not doing grinds for a little while, so I don't want my crank to be scratched unless I wreck. People have reveiwed the Poverty cranks with a good satisfaction rating, and have ranked Profiles #1 compared to Poverty. But Poverty is for light/new riders, and I'm not a pro, far from it. I also only have $130 to spend on this bike, so there's a new crank and pedals. I know in the future I'll be getting better and will ride harder, but I will also have a job and can afford Profiles or Odessey.

As for the bars, I already have brand new Haro's put on there, as I've bent my stock aluminum ones. And for tires/rims, they aren't needed as these are new tires, about a weeks worth of riding in them. I'll look around though.
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Old 06-09-05, 09:40 AM
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I wouldn't worry about a few scratches when you are gaining so much quality. A used Honda Civic, beats a new Yugo any day of the week - and prices may be the same.

Here are a few things:
1. Cranks that go bad or have weakness issues are most often burdened by beginners and 'not to serious' riders. Why? Because new riders are learning to land for the first time, they drop their bikes more often. It isn't about grinding, but about just learning, and they won't have things adjusted properly.

2. Cheap cranks may develop problems that can't be fixed. You have to replace the entire crank set to get rid of the problem.

3. If your 1-piece cranks are causing you no issues - hang onto your money until you actually bend or have real problems with your cranks. You may find that you have enough for good cranks, or in the month or two you wait, you may get a killer deal on some 'almost new' Profile cranks on eBay.

Heck - I've got Profiles that I have ridden ONLY flatland on that I likely will be putting up on eBay. No grinding - they sparkle. Probably end up selling for $60 - $100.00 and I'll be happy. Don't rush it though if your 1-piecers aren't causing you headaches.
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Old 06-09-05, 11:11 AM
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you have 115, save up the little bit more for profiles.

they are 145.00 from Dans.

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Old 06-14-05, 06:01 PM
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well i say wait till you bend or crack your one peice profile makes the litest strongest cranks out save up a $130 to get profile bmx's beleive me you will not regret it
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Old 06-14-05, 06:37 PM
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Profile neither makes the lightest nor the strongest cranks, but they have the best mix of the two available. The strongest cranks are most definitely the original Solid cranks, which weighed in at about 60oz, and the lightest cranks available are probably the new, incredibly expensive titanium Eastern cranks (which probably aren't all that strong).
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Old 06-14-05, 07:45 PM
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those solid cranks were beasts, how come they stoped selling them. not enough customers?
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Old 06-15-05, 06:53 AM
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i remember the solid crank had that huge spindle.solid makes good parts,like their headsets
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Old 06-15-05, 07:27 AM
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why would you even need the Solid Cranks...if Profiles are supposed to be so nice with a 3/4" spindle then how many riders out there really need a 1" spindle....thats HUGE...
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