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Old 03-24-22, 10:27 AM
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Any one use Rene Herse cranks?

Anyone have experience with Rene Herse cranks? especially with say 11 speed shimano sti setups. Know they are big bucks, but am contemplating options on a last big build (not saying last build, but a first/last top line, grail kinda build) will be using Ultegra R8000 for the most part with some velo orange long reach brakes working on the modern functionality/classic aesthetic
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I have a RH on my Colnago Super but w old school Campy NR on 5 spd rear. The fit and finish is beyond beautiful, and I have zero bad things to say about them. Mated to an SKF BB unit it's never going to come off that rig. I used it because I needed smaller rings for L'Eroica, and for that it was a perfect setup.


I would send RH a message, they're usually very responsive about techy questions regarding compatibility.

Oh, and now we all want more info on this build of yours....

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Originally Posted by poprad
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Oh, and now we all want more info on this build of yours....
not wanting to spill all the details until it is done, but have my name on a builder list. So classic steel, with rim brakes and room for biggish tires, been stashing parts as budget allows, but ultegra r8000 and trying to figure if RH crank classic look will work, working on 2 wheelsets, clincher and a zombie apocolypse tubie set (nemesis rims with hope hubs), probably all nitto stem, post, bars, berthoud seat.... so 9 month to a year out ???
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Are you going with 650B or 700C on the new bike?
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Originally Posted by ironwood
Are you going with 650B or 700C on the new bike?
700c but will be able to go up to 38mm tires
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Originally Posted by squirtdad
700c but will be able to go up to 38mm tires
35-38 is where it gets really nice in my book and for a bike you love that crank a very reasonable way to spend money.
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I have a RH triple crankset on Big Red



Great cranks, but you may need to take out a second mortgage.
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We have them on our Bilenky S&S coupled tandem -- but running 9 speed. They've been great over the 8 years and 20k+ miles of riding and touring so far.

They are not cheap, but compared to top line new Shimano or Campagnolo cranksets they are in line -- and IMHO are far better looking and arguably better made.

For a grail bike I'd say go for it.
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Our household runs two bikes with RH cranks setup 2x11 with SRAM brifters. Everything works mostly as expected though front derailleur choices are a bit slim for sub-compact setups if thatís where youíre going.
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I put a set of the RH double (not 9-12 speed) cranks on my Mclean and really like them. Yes they are $ but I expect they will last forever assuming chainrings will still be available. The bike originally had campagnolo super record but I found I really needed lower gearing. Rear derailleur with the RH crank is a shimano GS crane. 7 speed freewheel w/ 32t big cog.
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If you're gonna buy them, and for a top-line build in a neo-retro style, they're a fantastic choice, I have but one caveat:

Weird chainrings, for which Jan is the only source on earth.

Buy spares when you buy the cranks.

Because, if you don't... 20 years from now, you'll need a machine shop to keep riding your bike.

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I can't help with 11-speed STI use, but I'm very impressed with my RH cranks overall. FWIW, I don't think I've heard any reports of bad shifting with the ramped-and-pinned rings.

I agree with @ShannonM, it might be a good idea to buy spare chainrings. JH and company will keep making parts as long as they are able, but you never know...
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Originally Posted by ShannonM
If you're gonna buy them, and for a top-line build in a neo-retro style, they're a fantastic choice, I have but one caveat:

Weird chainrings, for which Jan is the only source on earth.

Buy spares when you buy the cranks.

Because, if you don't... 20 years from now, you'll need a machine shop to keep riding your bike.

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Thats why I went with TA Carmina when I was looking for higher end square taper cranks, they werenít any cheaper but had a variety of spiders.
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