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Old 11-03-20, 08:47 AM
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Generic Chinese Cranksets?

I have been trying to find an inexpensive 165 mm crankset, and these fit the bill. "Folding Bike"? WTF?





Anyone here try them or similar generic brands? They look fine, but if they snap during a hard sprint, I'd prefer to pay a little more and avoid the ER.
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Old 11-03-20, 08:51 AM
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I bought this LitePro crankset off AliExpress.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3279...2be24c4djbSsgu
Very light and stiff. The only issue I've had with it was how wide the arm is. My cadence meter's rubber band snapped and I lost the cadence meter. Thankfully, Strava showed me approximately where I lost it,and I was able to find the meter again.

Edit: I looked the crankset above. Not too bad. A tad heavy, but good for a nice build if you're looking to mix it with other chrome/silver parts.

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https://www.nashbar.com/shimano-sora...0ax04x/p530611

$74 for a Sora crank in 165mm. I bought one earlier this year for my 13yo.

It's more modern looking that the OP's generic and it uses a HT2 BB. So that could be a bonus or drawback depending in wants.
the Aora crank will certainly remove the concern over quality though.
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Old 11-03-20, 12:37 PM
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^^^ A real Shimano crank with HTII
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Old 11-04-20, 06:12 AM
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Originally Posted by friday1970 View Post
I bought this LitePro crankset off AliExpress.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3279...2be24c4djbSsgu
Very light and stiff. The only issue I've had with it was how wide the arm is. My cadence meter's rubber band snapped and I lost the cadence meter. Thankfully, Strava showed me approximately where I lost it,and I was able to find the meter again.

Edit: I looked the crankset above. Not too bad. A tad heavy, but good for a nice build if you're looking to mix it with other chrome/silver parts.
I've got a LitePro crankset on my bike as well (I bought it off the Chinese domestic Alibaba website called Taobao as I actually live in China), though not the same one - mine is a single 50t chainring with red anodized cranks. I've got no complaints - it's worked perfectly over 700+km since I installed it last month. Haven't noticed any issues with the cranks being too wide as my cadence meter has stayed in place without any issues.

EDIT: Fairly certain this is the one I've got: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000782616263.html

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My cheap China brand road bike came with "Prowheel Ounce" compact, alloy crankset (50/34) square taper.

I don't know how much the crankset cost but no surprise if it's cheap. I've checked the crankarms and crank rings are all alloy (does not attract magnet). Shifts perfectly. I pedal out of the saddle a lot over very bumpy, badly damaged roads and the crankset doesn't give me any problem. Although I'm a lightweight rider at 122 lbs. Not sure how reliable the thing is with heavier riders.
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Old 11-06-20, 06:51 PM
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Like every other cheap component out there, why bother? Life is too short for cheap bike components. I find the cheap stuff to be a huge waste of money unless I am buying a bike to be used very very very little and not in situations I need it to perform well. The really only time for something cheap is if you need to test something out maybe gearing wise say for maybe fixed gear/single speed.
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Old 11-13-20, 10:51 PM
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yeah why would you ever buy the cheap chinese brands , you could just buy used carbon cranks for pennies , or look on china cycling youtube for some ideas , china has some descend brands !
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Old 11-16-20, 10:33 AM
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I think the technology used in forging aluminum cranksets has trickled down to the generic suppliers, to the point where brand name is not critically important.

With stocks of name brand 165 mm cranks drying up, I think I will give one of these a try. Though the $74 Sora cranks look interesting, I'm just not a big fan of black cranksets, unfortunately the anodizing tends to wear off. And all my vast stock of 5 bolt chainrings would be rendered obsolete.
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
I think the technology used in forging aluminum cranksets has trickled down to the generic suppliers, to the point where brand name is not critically important.
At that price point, I suspect it's not truly forged, but rather cast (aka "melt forged"). Not quite as strong as a real forged part, but it is a proven technology that has been used on low and mid-level cranks for decades.
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