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Old 02-04-10, 10:16 PM
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recommend a crank

im doing a new build with sram for, i bought it all online but the groupset did not have a crank with it. what crank would be a comparable?

i was looking at the nashbar crank, anyone have any experience with it?
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Old 02-05-10, 10:23 AM
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How about a SRAM Force crank? Or for a cheaper option, the S900?
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Old 02-05-10, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by 2million View Post
i was looking at the nashbar crank, anyone have any experience with it?
Kinda sad to ruin a nice SRAM gruppo with a craptastic Nashbar crank. All of the SRAM cranks are pretty decent. I've also heard that Shimano cranks work well with SRAM components...
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Originally Posted by 2million View Post
im doing a new build with sram for, i bought it all online but the groupset did not have a crank with it. what crank would be a comparable?

i was looking at the nashbar crank, anyone have any experience with it?
If you are concerned about $, I'd get a SRAM Rival crank. The '08 (silver and no hollow arms) is about the same price as the Nashbar Road crank ($85+/-).
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Storck Power Arms are nice.
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Old 02-05-10, 01:41 PM
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sram red ebay about 185
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Old 02-05-10, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by 2million View Post
recommend a crank
I'm surprised no one has suggested botto, yet. Or, pcaddy when he's having a bad day.







Really, I got nothing here...
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Old 02-05-10, 07:23 PM
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Genuine curiosity here - on what do you base the assertion that Nashbar cranks are craptastic, or even further, how is it craptastic? Do you have any personal experience, or is it the name you take issue with? It is by far more economical than either the S900 or Rival, and unless you plan on racing professionally, I'm sure the Nashbar crank would be a fine solution. I have been riding a Nashbar Trekking crank for 4,000 miles now (48-38-28) on my mountain bike and it is still cranking away. Nashbar stuff is stigmatized for being inexpensive, but that does not make it cheap.
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Originally Posted by Toddorado View Post
Genuine curiosity here - on what do you base the assertion that Nashbar cranks are craptastic, or even further, how is it craptastic?
I've read a handful of reports that seem to suggest the Nashbar road cranks don't shift particularly well (as compared to 105 or Rival) and that the chainrings wear somewhat quickly. Plus, they require an ISIS bottom bracket which I consider a dead-end technology. If you're happy with 2200 or Sora quality, I'm sure they're fine. If you're discerning enough to buy a Force gruppo, however, you may want something with better longevity and shifting...
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If I could afford SRAM stuff for my non-racing use, I'd probably consider the purchase. I think 4,000 road miles is fine for the $65 I paid for the Nashbar cranks. Speaks for itself as far as wear, and there are no shifting problems. I'm looking for longevity and durability, and I got it. We all have different needs, just sayin' the OP may want to consider the Nashbar cranks if this is for recreational use. Also don't mind the ISIS - cannot tell the difference from other technologies, but then, I'm just a long distance/tourer/recreational road guy/commuter
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shimano r700 from jenson - $100 w/ bb
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I have a Sram force crankset, and i am totally happy with it.
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Unless you are a very powerful sprinter, cranks are probably one of the least important things on the bike. I can put out around 1000W in a sprint and I can't tell the difference between the cranks I've used. Just get what's convenient and looks nice.
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Originally Posted by Toddorado View Post
If I could afford SRAM stuff for my non-racing use, I'd probably consider the purchase. I think 4,000 road miles is fine for the $65 I paid for the Nashbar cranks. Speaks for itself as far as wear, and there are no shifting problems.
So, because the now discontinued Nashbar triple-ring trekking crank you use was great, we should assume that all of their cranks are wonderful?

Unfortunately, I've read reviews of all three cranks (trekking, R2, CR2) and the roadies reviewing the road cranks don't seem to be nearly as happy as the tour/commute guys reviewing the trekking crank. Maybe the two groups have different sensibilities (ex: most of the touring guys I know don't use STI or DoubleTap shifters)... or maybe the road cranks just aren't up to the same standards of the trekking crank. Either way, based on what I've read I would not buy a Nashbar R2 or CR2 crank unless it was the only thing my budget would allow...
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Old 02-06-10, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
So, because the now discontinued Nashbar triple-ring trekking crank you use was great, we should assume that all of their cranks are wonderful?
I have experienced nothing but good things from the Nashbar products I have purchased. At least I have experience to rely on. Again, I am trying to provide some quality feedback to the OP since he mentioned the brand and I have practical experience in the same area.

EDIT: If you apply your logic to all discontinued cycling items, are you willing to nullify all feedback associated with them?

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Just saw this over in Commuter forum. 105 cranks, octalink BB, $22.

https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Crankset.aspx
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i think the nashbar stuff is pretty good for the quality, i knew a friend that raced mtb with one of them and he would win pretty regularly. i think he put 4k miles on it before selling the bike no problem

yes you get better quality for brand names , but the cost vs quality difference is not warranted. for the nashbar crank you pay 70 bucks , for the 105 you pay 210, the 105 is not 3 times better
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I'd put a Sram crank on it, anything else just won't look nice.
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