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Looking for the Right Campagnolo Crankset

Old 06-07-20, 09:02 PM
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Looking for the Right Campagnolo Crankset

I’ve been looking for the right Campagnolo crankset for months, to no avail. I currently use a standard ~2005 Chorus alloy crankset with 39-50 chainrings and a 12-23 (straight 12-19, 21, 23) 10sp cassette. I love the close ratios that this cassette gives, and it works well in the gently rolling terrain around Chapel Hill, but I’d like to extend the lower end a bit beyond my current 39/23 ratio with a compact (34-50) crankset (not getting any younger…..). Here’s what I’m trying to find:
  • 10sp (I think 11sp would work, so 11sp would be OK)
  • 172.5 mm crank length
  • 34-50 compact chainrings
  • Classic Campag “hidden fifth arm” design (don’t get me started on the current blobby Campag 4-arm cranks!!).
  • Silver (not black) alloy – my relatively old-school bike has all silver alloy components which I’d like to match, and I’m not wild about carbon in this application – not necessarily a rational concern, but there it is…
  • Preferably UltraTorque, but it’s not a deal breaker – Power Torque would work.
A year ago, such cranksets in the Veloce and Centaur ranges were available, but I’ve been looking for months now, and everywhere, both here and in the UK, that even lists any suitable crankset is out of stock, and not likely to get more, considering these are “obsolete”. I finally thought I’d tracked one down in a place in Oakland CA, but when I called, it turned out that they had forgotten to update their inventory and website.
My options are to either:
  • Get over my need for silver alloy and track down a black alloy version (Athena, Centaur, Veloce) are still out there. Could I polish the black finish off, or is that too demented?
  • Bow to inevitable “progress” and buy a blobby current crank, either a silver Potenza, or a Carbon mid-range/Chorus. At this point I feel that aesthetics would have gone right out the window, so color and style become irrelevant – I would just have to get over my prejudice against carbon cranks (again, not necessarily rational). The advantage would be ready availability of Campag chainrings going forward, and UltraTorque.
  • Carry on with the current 39-50 crankset and keep looking, although the thought "I wish I had just one more gear...." is occurring with increasing frequency .
Does anyone know a source for Campag cranksets with the characteristics listed above? I might attribute this scarcity to the current run on bikes and parts, but I can't see obsolete Campagnolo cranksets as high-demand items.

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You may have to hunt for a used groupset.

Also, shimano makes an R7000 groupset in silver. I was pretty tempted by it when I decided to rebuild an old 80's steel frame. Ended up sticking to black because the new stuff will go on my road bike and the parts from that will filter down to the trek.
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Originally Posted by tony2v View Post
Thanks - they get close, but the silver ones are either the wrong ring config or crank length, or they're the right size, but the wrong color. At the end of the day, the non-negotiables are 172.5mm cranks and 34-50 rings. Right now it's coming down to a blobby silver Centaur UT or a black Athena PT
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Have you considered bodging a compact double out of a triple? There's always a few triples on eBay, so you could keep the 30 or 32 on the inner, and the next question would be can you find a 135bcd 46t or 48t chainring. If you can find a 34t to fit on the inner, you can keep your 50.

Pros; you can get an even lower low-end. You can find them in silver and 172.5. You can get a Veloce as cheap as $85 right now.
Cons; the outer ring might look a bit janky being on the inside of the crank, and your chainline to your 11 might not be perfect. And you'd most likely be restricted to square taper rather than Power Torque (I like square taper, but that might be just me).
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Have you considered bodging a compact double out of a triple? There's always a few triples on eBay, so you could keep the 30 or 32 on the inner, and the next question would be can you find a 135bcd 46t or 48t chainring. If you can find a 34t to fit on the inner, you can keep your 50.

Pros; you can get an even lower low-end. You can find them in silver and 172.5. You can get a Veloce as cheap as $85 right now.
Cons; the outer ring might look a bit janky being on the inside of the crank, and your chainline to your 11 might not be perfect. And you'd most likely be restricted to square taper rather than Power Torque (I like square taper, but that might be just me).
I'm fine with square taper - it's what I'm running now on my Chorus crankset, but I can't see myself running a bodged triple - even a blobby current crankset is better than that. I'm still holding out for an esthetically pleasing solution
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
I'm fine with square taper - it's what I'm running now on my Chorus crankset, but I can't see myself running a bodged triple - even a blobby current crankset is better than that. I'm still holding out for an esthetically pleasing solution
I hear ya.

The other obvious question is have you considered going off-brand, like Sugino or Stronglight, who both make some gorgeous silver 5-arm cranksets. I'm in a similar situation to you; my 39-53 is just that little too tall on the low end for my local terrain, and I've been looking at options.It seems to me like the Sugino offering are more in tune with the Campag silver aesthetic than a silver blobby or a black Chorus.
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Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
I hear ya.

The other obvious question is have you considered going off-brand, like Sugino or Stronglight, who both make some gorgeous silver 5-arm cranksets. I'm in a similar situation to you; my 39-53 is just that little too tall on the low end for my local terrain, and I've been looking at options.It seems to me like the Sugino offering are more in tune with the Campag silver aesthetic than a silver blobby or a black Chorus.
That's a good thought. I was on the Velo Orange site, where they have some beautiful "drillium" cranks - beautiful in the right context, but not right for my bike. But I will spread the net a little wider and see what trawls up. Thanks
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Someone beat me to it, so I'll second the Stronlight Impact


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Originally Posted by CyclingFool95 View Post
Someone beat me to it, so I'll second the Stronlight Impact


Splendid bike - yes, I found the Stronglight Impact - remarkably inexpensive for such a good looking crankset, and the newer ones are even "hidden fifth arm" style. How's the front shifting? I'm currently running a TA 50t big ring, and the "upshift" is great - don't want to lose that.
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OK I think I got it - I want back to a UK supplier (Sprockets UK) - they've been out of stock for months - one (just one) popped up tonight - a NOS 2011 silver Veloce PT, 172.5mm, 34/50 rings. I practically fell over myself hitting the "Order" button. $156 inc shipping
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
Splendid bike - yes, I found the Stronglight Impact - remarkably inexpensive for such a good looking crankset, and the newer ones are even "hidden fifth arm" style. How's the front shifting? I'm currently running a TA 50t big ring, and the "upshift" is great - don't want to lose that.
You could put whatever rings fit on there so you get the shifting you want.
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