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Old 07-13-04, 02:48 PM
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Help me decide...cranks, hubs, spokes OH MY!

Hey everyone I can't really decide between three things for my BMX race bike ..I also ride around the neighborhood on it once in a while. Which One of these would I benefit the most as far as speed goes...and which would I notice the biggest difference from?

1) Profile Hubs- the hubs would be $230.00 but then installation is around $80.00 for front and back because they have to true the wheel...etc.
2)Profile Cranks...there are so many different choices for these things...I would get them with a titanium spindle and either *American with the hop-up kit & titanium spindle-$250.00, *Euro BB with titanium spindle-$255.00 or *the Evolution BB and titanium spindle- $275.00
3) Titanium Spokes- I would have to get 3 bags of 25 and it would cost $130.00 and around $80.00 for installation for front and back wheels.

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Old 07-14-04, 08:20 AM
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From what I understand of BMX racing...

Sealed bearings while more consistent, actually do not necessarily run any faster than unsealed bearings. In fact, perfectly maintained unsealed bearings weigh less and will run smoother than sealed bearings, making you faster.

3-piece cranks typically weigh less than 1-piece cranks, but you didn't say if you were using 1-piece cranks right now.

Spokes are something I do not really get weight concious about. It is a lot of money to spend on something that strictly reduces a little bit of weight.

Cranks are probably the way to go. If your frame is Euro style, then you can shave a fair amount of weight by using the Profile 3-piece Euro with Ti spindle. But, this only works if your frame is Euro. Otherwise go with the American Profiles with a Ti Spindle, and keep an eye on your spindle! Snapping a spindle sucks.
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Thanks- Yeah, I have three piece cranks right now and I have the 2003 Redline Signature Team. So you think that the cranks would help me go faster over the hubs? I want to invest in the thing that will help me to perform better as far as speed.

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From what I understand of BMX racing...

Sealed bearings while more consistent, actually do not necessarily run any faster than unsealed bearings. In fact, perfectly maintained unsealed bearings weigh less and will run smoother than sealed bearings, making you faster.

3-piece cranks typically weigh less than 1-piece cranks, but you didn't say if you were using 1-piece cranks right now.

Spokes are something I do not really get weight concious about. It is a lot of money to spend on something that strictly reduces a little bit of weight.

Cranks are probably the way to go. If your frame is Euro style, then you can shave a fair amount of weight by using the Profile 3-piece Euro with Ti spindle. But, this only works if your frame is Euro. Otherwise go with the American Profiles with a Ti Spindle, and keep an eye on your spindle! Snapping a spindle sucks.
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It's really hard to say, especially if you already have 3-piece cranks. If smoothness is your primary thing then while unsealed bearings can be smoother - hence, faster. It is hard to keep them smooth. So I would probably go with the new hubs if I already had a set of 3-piece cranks.

The last thing I would look at is my spokes, though I haven't reasearched rotational weight that much, so it could possibly be the next thing to look at.

Hubs first, if you already are running 3-piece cranks.
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Changing to Ti spokes would make the biggest difference to overall speed (even more so the faster you are moving). If you have ever rode the same bike with 48H wheels, and switched to a 32H, you would notice a difference because of extra rotating weight. It would also mildly effect the bikes handling in the air (easier to get higher). You already have a nice set of cranks, and unless your having BB problems, don't change out the spindle. As for the hubs, I have owned a fair amount of both sealed and regular, and to be honest, once setup, I couldn't tell the difference in them.
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I highly recommend the chris king hubs....they make a HUGE diference in performance and you will never regret the purchase, besides they have around 4 times the engagement of the freewheel you're using right now, which means you will be able to get a little better pedal position coming out of the gate, I consider that to be very important, I used to own at the gates....

I can't argue with the wheel thing, either, however dropping that kind of money on your wheel and not upgrading the hub is simply rediculous.....so I wouldnt bother UNLESS you want to buy the hub...save some more...buy the spokes.....and then get it all done at once.....OR you could even save up for everything, go to your local bmx bike shop and try to talk them down on the spokes, hub, and installation on account of you buying everything at once from them.....

I would get the spokes and hub and do it all at once.....but it requires some patience....the most whiz bang thing you can do right now would be the hub if you have to do just one thing..... the smartest thing you could do with your money right now would be to try buying the hubs used on ebay, find some nice light high quality rims on ebay, and then get the ti spokes for a nice 3 cross on the rear and a straight lace up front (going lightweight, right?) and then get it all put together at your LBS....

no real answer there from me....hell, a nice set of profiles with a titanium bb and a lightweight chainring might even make a nice difference, but not as big as a set of super light smooth wheels......


another thing, since you're racing, a nice lightweight fork will help you get off the ground easier as well......plus it has a bling factor that is undenyable....hehe

good luck
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