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Old 06-09-19, 12:36 AM
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Looking for 165 crank arms...

... for my '92 Rockhopper. The 175s it came with are just too long; I'm only 5' 4". I do love my mountain gearing, 22-32-44, but it's hard to find that in 165. I don't even know where to look. Where does one find these kinds of parts, aside from eBay?

Any suggestions would be gratefully accepted.

ETA: Never mind, hubby found a good quality 160 mm. crank set. Just have to learn to live with black arms and rings on my Pretty Purple Princess Penelope.

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Glad you have it sorted I was gonna say I have a nice Sakae SX triple with 165 mm arms if you were interested, but since you now have everything in hand all is well ...
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Originally Posted by SamSpade1941 View Post
Glad you have it sorted I was gonna say I have a nice Sakae SX triple with 165 mm arms if you were interested, but since you now have everything in hand all is well ...
Well now, let's not be hasty (as Treebeard would say); is it by chance silver? It is my mission to keep as much black off the bike as I can, and black arms and ring really grinds my gears.
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Well now, let's not be hasty (as Treebeard would say); is it by chance silver? It is my mission to keep as much black off the bike as I can, and black arms and ring really grinds my gears.
Yes its silver and in decent shape, I pulled it from a Novara Corsa womens frame I purchased recently for the drive train. I can take a couple of pics in a little bit and post them if you would like.
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Originally Posted by SamSpade1941 View Post
Yes its silver and in decent shape, I pulled it from a Novara Corsa womens frame I purchased recently for the drive train. I can take a couple of pics in a little bit and post them if you would like.
I would love pics. The husbeast is here with questions. What are the BCDs for the chain rings?
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
I would love pics. The husbeast is here with questions. What are the BCDs for the chain rings?
110/74 I I believe ... check your PM


Sorry forgot to add pics...

Its dirty from being on the aforementioned bike , but its in good shape and the teeth look ok , it has a 26t sugino bail out ring , and is a half step triple I believe







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That is a pretty, pretty crankset. Sadly, it's a road crankset, and I can't afford to lose my granny gear; we have way too many hills. Thank you for your very kind offer, I do appreciate it.
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That is a pretty, pretty crankset. Sadly, it's a road crankset, and I can't afford to lose my granny gear; we have way too many hills. Thank you for your very kind offer, I do appreciate it.
This one has a 26t granny but yes for a MTB the Middle ring will and outer are probably too large
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Originally Posted by SamSpade1941 View Post
This one has a 26t granny but yes for a MTB the Middle ring will and outer are probably too large
Yes, it's much too large. Thanks again for the offer.

I might have to go with that 160 that my husband found. It's not as pretty as yours (or a gorgeous Velo-Orange, but it's $170 cheaper).
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That is a pretty, pretty crankset. Sadly, it's a road crankset, and I can't afford to lose my granny gear; we have way too many hills. Thank you for your very kind offer, I do appreciate it.
It looks like a 110/74 BCD triple to me. Middle can be as small as 33T or 34T.
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Are you sure you need 165s specifically?

I put 165s on the UO-8 because my shorter rake fork causes toe-to-tire overlap, but I have 170s on everything else, and I don't think I notice the difference at all. (I stand 5'8" and wear pants with a 30" inseam, so 170 probably is about right for me.)
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Are you sure you need 165s specifically?

I put 165s on the UO-8 because my shorter rake fork causes toe-to-tire overlap, but I have 170s on everything else, and I don't think I notice the difference at all. (I stand 5'8" and wear pants with a 30" inseam, so 170 probably is about right for me.)
I'm 5' 4" with a 29" inseam, so 165 is probably about right for me. Even with the 175 arms I don't get toe overlap on my 26" wheels, so that's good, but my arthritic knees are telling me that 175 is too long. My other bike still has the 170's that came with it; I cope okay, but I'd rather be able to ride for the next 20 years.

If anyone knows where I could get silver 165 mountain biking cranksets (22-32-46ish), I'd be forever in your debt.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
I'm 5' 4" with a 29" inseam, so 165 is probably about right for me. Even with the 175 arms I don't get toe overlap on my 26" wheels, so that's good, but my arthritic knees are telling me that 175 is too long. My other bike still has the 170's that came with it; I cope okay, but I'd rather be able to ride for the next 20 years.

If anyone knows where I could get silver 165 mountain biking cranksets (22-32-46ish), I'd be forever in your debt.

Guess that depends on the budget you have ... eBay is a good source

ETA I should add a new set of chainrings can cost more than a used crankset in some cases .

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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
I'm 5' 4" with a 29" inseam, so 165 is probably about right for me. Even with the 175 arms I don't get toe overlap on my 26" wheels, so that's good, but my arthritic knees are telling me that 175 is too long. My other bike still has the 170's that came with it; I cope okay, but I'd rather be able to ride for the next 20 years.

If anyone knows where I could get silver 165 mountain biking cranksets (22-32-46ish), I'd be forever in your debt.
you may want to post a WTB in the c&v sales area
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I also have knee issue. Another dimension to consider is smaller Q-factor (narrower stance).
I have hips, so plenty of Q.
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Check out what my darling husbeast found for me! This is nigh perfect!
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You might want to look closer at those pictures. I'm pretty sure I see 170 on the back of one crank arm. Seller might be using stock photos though.

I have an Andel crank set on my LHT and have been happy with it.
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Sugino XD has sizes from 150 to 175. Doubles and triples readily available in 110/74bcd. Silver

Origin 8 has a full range of sizes also. Lower cost and lower but decent quality.

Had not seen the Andel triple yet. They make good cranks.

At 5'4" the chances are very high you will get a lot out of short cranks.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
ETA: Never mind, hubby found a good quality 160 mm. crank set. Just have to learn to live with black arms and rings on my Pretty Purple Princess Penelope.
It should be easy enough to change your cranks from black to purple or pink.

Oh, if you're handy around the kitchen, reports are that Oven Cleaner can do wonders for removing anodizing.

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165 crank arms is a lot. I usually only use two.
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https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s109...Touring-Cranks.
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If the crank is anodized then, yea, Easy-Off removes anodizing. But many of the black cranks are painted. Bottom line is, if you like the crankset, they could be made shiny aluminum with some work.
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Originally Posted by 88Tempo View Post
You might want to look closer at those pictures. I'm pretty sure I see 170 on the back of one crank arm. Seller might be using stock photos though.

I have an Andel crank set on my LHT and have been happy with it.
I caught that, but the listing says 170's are available, so I figured that was the pic they used.
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
165 crank arms is a lot. I usually only use two.
Okay, you got me there. I want the other 163 for a secret experiment.

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Pretty. Very pretty, but I like my mtb gearing; we're all hills around here.

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If the crank is anodized then, yea, Easy-Off removes anodizing. But many of the black cranks are painted. Bottom line is, if you like the crankset, they could be made shiny aluminum with some work.
Thanks, but my husband is convinced that once the paint is off the metal will start corroding.
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