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All Silver Chain Rings on Black Crank Arms

Old 07-08-21, 09:03 PM
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All Silver Chain Rings on Black Crank Arms

Do all silver chain rings (e.g., compact double 50/34) on black crank arms (including the mounting star) look odd? If someone has this setup, please post photos.

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Old 07-08-21, 09:10 PM
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I admit, it does look odd. That's why I removed them hit them with black spray paint.
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They look fine imho. These are Record rings, so they are on the dull side.
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
They look fine imho. These are Record rings, so they are on the dull side.
Thank you. It looks fine on your bike, which has a dark silver rear triangle.
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Originally Posted by zandoval View Post
I admit, it does look odd. That's why I removed them hit them with black spray paint.
Yes, but that adds weight! (Just kidding.)
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I like the combo. Awhile back there was a DA series (7900?) that featured silver and black components. Looked good, IMO.
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I am not meaning this in an offensive way - "who cares?" - meaning I hope you're not worried about how it looks because it's all you have or can get. I say run what you have and enjoy the ride. Life's too short not to ride.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir View Post
Do all silver chain rings (e.g., compact double 50/34) on black crank arms (including the mounting star) look odd? If someone has this setup, please post photos.
All?

No, it depends.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
I am not meaning this in an offensive way - "who cares?" - meaning I hope you're not worried about how it looks because it's all you have or can get.
I am not offended. I was just curious whether it is as uncommon as it appears from the lack of Google images results. I almost always buy the least expensive color of whatever upgrade component on my bike, so installing silver chain rings on black crank arms is just one more oddity.

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Old 07-09-21, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
All?

No, it depends.
I used "all" to mean "entirely", rather than "each and every".
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You can do it, but people might not wave at you.
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Originally Posted by znomit View Post
You can do it, but people might not wave at you.
The lightning fast and oh-so-smooth shifts between my new 105 chain rings (in silver) will help me get over the disappointment.
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I have a pretty much all black bike save for the spoke nipples and brake rotors. Iím wanting to explore getting bigger chainrings. And Iíve also seriously considered doing it in silver for a bit more pop. My tan-wall GP5Ks helped and I think the silver chainrings would look good. And Iím the only one with an opinion on what my bike looks like that I care about.
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Old 07-09-21, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Chuck M View Post
I have a pretty much all black bike save for the spoke nipples and brake rotors. Iím wanting to explore getting bigger chainrings. And Iíve also seriously considered doing it in silver for a bit more pop. My tan-wall GP5Ks helped and I think the silver chainrings would look good. And Iím the only one with an opinion on what my bike looks like that I care about.
Visualizing what you have described above, you have a metal on black contrast color scheme going, so the silver chain rings on black crank arms would probably look better on your bike (than mine).
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I did it the other way around on my fixed gear, and I think it looks fine:
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Is odd a good thing or a bad thing?
(I think that's why the spiders went from 5 arms to 4 because 5 looked odd)

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Looks fine to me.



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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
I did it the other way around on my fixed gear, and I think it looks fine:
Somehow the "other way around" as you have done on your fixed gear looks classic to me, but having silver chain rings on black crank arms just seems to be less common.

Also, that is the best chain line I have seen on a single-speed / fixie; no slack at the bottom at all!

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Looks fine to me.

Your bike does look fine but I was wondering about silver chain rings on black crank arms.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir View Post
Also, that is the best chain line I have seen on a single-speed / fixie; no slack at the bottom at all!
The slack you usually see is there for a reason; I've never seen a SS drivetrain that's perfect enough to run with no slack. Set it up like the BMX kids do, and it causes carnage.
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Installed my matte silver chain rings today. Far less odd than I had imagined; almost as good as big john's setup! But chain drop prevention peg on big ring only half as long as its counterpart on the stock FSA Pro ring.

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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir View Post
Installed my matte silver chain rings today. Far less odd than I had imagined; almost as good as big john's setup! But chain drop prevention peg on big ring only half as long as its counterpart on the stock FSA Pro ring.

The peg isn't to prevent chain drop, it's there to help after it happens.

Also, I reckon that crank would look better with a less old-school design of ring, although the matt silver does look good on it, works with the etched logos.
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The peg isn't to prevent chain drop, it's there to help after it happens.
The Shimano dealer manual for the rings calls it a chain drop prevention pin, but I thought "peg" provided a better description of its diameter.

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Also, I reckon that crank would look better with a less old-school design of ring, although the matt silver does look good on it, works with the etched logos.
You are probably right, but the 10 speed 105 rings are the only Shimano rings that would fit on this crank, and so many people say that the 105 rings shift better than the stock FSA rings, the big one of which is visible at the bottom edge of the photo and has the same design.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir View Post
The Shimano dealer manual for the rings calls it a chain drop prevention pin, but I thought "peg" provided a better description of its diameter.



You are probably right, but the 10 speed 105 rings are the only Shimano rings that would fit on this crank, and so many people say that the 105 rings shift better than the stock FSA rings, the big one of which is visible at the bottom edge of the photo and has the same design.
Yeah, I guess 'crank arm carnage prevention pin' lacks the tone you'd be after in a service manual.

And yeah, it's a pretty safe bet that the guys who invented good shifting do it best.
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