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Old 08-20-10, 11:41 AM
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American made cranks

I'm looking for new cranks. They need to be:
*Black
*Made in USA or at least not in Taiwan
*Square taper
*130BCD
*170mm
I've been searching desperately, but can only come up with these--https://www.davincitandems.com/comp.html Anything made in the past or present would be great.
(This is NOT a want ad--mostly)

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Old 08-20-10, 11:53 AM
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Do the metals need to come from the USA as well?
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Oh boy.

Well, here's one: https://www.lightningbikes.com/Cranks%20of%20Carbon.htm
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Originally Posted by seitenryu View Post
I'm looking for new cranks. They need to be:
*Black
*Made in USA or at least not in Taiwan
*Square taper
*130BCD
*170mm
I've been searching desperately, but can only come up with these--https://www.davincitandems.com/comp.html Anything made in the past or present would be great.
(This is NOT a want ad--mostly)

Sam
Is made in China OK?
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Old 08-20-10, 11:57 AM
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Hmmm.....can the machine tools used be from other countries....or at least no Taiwan.

Can the cranks be from China? I mean that isn't Taiwan so it should qualify.....
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What's so wrong with Taiwan??

I think zipp and easton make cranks, which I suspect are made in usa, but be prepared to cough up a big chunk of change!
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well, depending on your definition of "made" i can order a bare crank, and some chainrings, assemble them into a crankset at my house, mark them up 250% and sell them to you.

does that work?
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If you want Made In USA and square taper... I'd be thinking 1990's CNC'ed stuff. Kooka Vader...?
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Originally Posted by seitenryu View Post
I'm looking for new cranks. They need to be:
*Black

*Made in USA or at least not in Taiwan
*Square taper
*130BCD
*170mm
I've been searching desperately, but can only come up with these--https://www.davincitandems.com/comp.html Anything made in the past or present would be great.
(This is NOT a want ad--mostly)

Sam
there aren't many things i like more than inquiries based on xenophobic requirements.
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Old 08-20-10, 12:07 PM
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my crank was made in america
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Is Canada ok? RaceFace is a few blocks from me and their in house cnc facilities are impressive. If you go soft on square taper you might be happier.
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Does it have to be packed in American cardboard boxes and packing materials, or would this be a nice opportunity to use foreign materials because we would then be using up "their" natural resources....or is this some sort of misguided jobs thing....
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Manufactured, CNC'd etc. in USA. Instead of technicality(we're all aware of "made in USA" false advertising) someone could try to give a reasonable answer. It's fair to say most people recognize what "made" really implies. Assembled is quite a different thing entirely. The DaVinci crank is machined in the US from US sourced materials with the probable exception of chainring bolts. The Easton and Lightning cranks both use a proprietary/splined interface NOT square taper. The Easton is most definitely made in Taiwan.
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Originally Posted by Phantoj View Post
If you want Made In USA and square taper... I'd be thinking 1990's CNC'ed stuff. Kooka Vader...?
Wow kooka vaders bring back tie-die memories!
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Originally Posted by seitenryu View Post
Manufactured, CNC'd etc. in USA. Instead of technicality(we're all aware of "made in USA" false advertising) someone could try to give a reasonable answer. It's fair to say most people recognize what "made" really implies. Assembled is quite a different thing entirely. The DaVinci crank is machined in the US from US sourced materials with the probable exception of chainring bolts. The Easton and Lightning cranks both use a proprietary/splined interface NOT square taper. The Easton is most definitely made in Taiwan.
I gave you two serious answers. Give up the square taper and you have it easier. Period correct or are you not wanting to buy a new BB tool? Canada's relationship with the US in manufacturing has been long established. We make most of your cars and lumber.

Consider what your soft point is.
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my crank was made in america
Is it 175mm??
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4 of your 5 - they are VBC and pictured in silver but also come in black
https://www.whiteind.com/cranks/roadcranks.html
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4 of your 5 - they are VBC and pictured in silver but also come in black
https://www.whiteind.com/cranks/roadcranks.html
Bingo. I always forget about them. Always think freewheels and hubs.
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Originally Posted by seitenryu View Post
I'm looking for new cranks. They need to be:
*Black
*Made in USA or at least not in Taiwan
*Square taper
*130BCD
*170mm
I've been searching desperately, but can only come up with these--https://www.davincitandems.com/comp.html Anything made in the past or present would be great.
(This is NOT a want ad--mostly)

Sam
Shining example of one of the ways America has digressed. Once upon a time we evaluated a good based on quality/cost/support, now it's more on who built it.

Now we look at it and go, OH NO, our American banks made poor investing decisions and are failing, lets reward their poor business decisions with money stolen from tax payers!
Or... OH NO, noone wants to buy our crappy American cars, lets give them taxpayer money to reward them for their mediocre designs and build-quality!

So sad...
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Originally Posted by Triguy View Post
4 of your 5 - they are VBC and pictured in silver but also come in black
https://www.whiteind.com/cranks/roadcranks.html
Yeah, I've seen those, but you can't use standard road rings.

I did say at least not Taiwan, so if Race Face made theirs in square taper I'd get em. I'd maybe concede the square taper point if an ISIS crank was available. The current offering is X-type.
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Originally Posted by seitenryu View Post
I did say at least not Taiwan
So what do you have against Taiwan specifically?
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Once upon a time we evaluated a good based on quality/cost/support, now it's more on who built it.
Really? Judging by the offerings in most retail outlets these days, it would seem that we are expected to judge on price only and no other consideration. I think most Americans gave up on quality and support long ago. Right, we shouldn't think about where stuff comes from, we can afford to not produce anything and have a large trade deficit forever...not.

I'd add that buying from Taiwan is preferable to buying from the PRC, which is still a Communist country with a terrible record on human rights and the environment.

Also, doesn't Paul make cranks? In CA?

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