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View Poll Results: Best/Favorite Fixed Gear Crank Under $100
Sugino RD
20
33.90%
Sugino XD
3
5.08%
Bulletproof
8
13.56%
IRO
5
8.47%
FMF
4
6.78%
Origins 8 TRack
1
1.69%
Pake
3
5.08%
Other
18
30.51%
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Best Crankset for fixed under $100

Old 02-05-07, 12:42 AM
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Best Crankset for fixed under $100

I'm thinking about building a new ride, maybe a Bareknuckle. I have most of the parts I'll need around the house, but I lack a crankset.

So, vote already.
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Old 02-05-07, 12:59 AM
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sugino rd2 messenger.
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Sugino 75 could be had for $175 from a certain online store until about a week ago... I voted RD because it's the only one I've ridden on the list out of all those.
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You're going to buy a $500+ Bareknuckle frame but want to get thrifty on the crankset? I'd get a solid crankset, hate to see you snap an arm and plow your beautiful 'knuckle frame into the asphalt.

But, out of the choices, I'd go Sugino RD. I have one and it works pretty well, just replace the chainring as soon as you can. It felt pretty weak when I took it off to put it behind the spider.

There is a thread about "catastrophic failures" with a picture of an RD chainring absolutely destroyed. Cranks still looked strong though!
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where can you get those online?
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miche primato cranks are only $125 or so? those seem solid.
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Originally Posted by muftek
miche primato cranks are only $125 or so? those seem solid.

Where? I haven't seen them for less than $160.
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I'd say if you really wanna stick under $100, get the RD Messenger.

Or, go for Stronglight or Miche.
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The Pake is just a Sugino, but I am not sure what Sugino. They seem to be the RD2.

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what? none of the above. the best crankset for fixed that's under $100 is the used set of shimano 105, 600, or even dura ace road double that you can get for $60 or less if you play yr cards right.
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Old 02-05-07, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Briareos
You're going to buy a $500+ Bareknuckle frame but want to get thrifty on the crankset? I'd get a solid crankset, hate to see you snap an arm and plow your beautiful 'knuckle frame into the asphalt.

But, out of the choices, I'd go Sugino RD. I have one and it works pretty well, just replace the chainring as soon as you can. It felt pretty weak when I took it off to put it behind the spider.

There is a thread about "catastrophic failures" with a picture of an RD chainring absolutely destroyed. Cranks still looked strong though!
What are you talking about??? Cheap cranks may not be light, and some of them not necessarily round, but they are not prone to snapping! There are plenty of decent cranks under a hundred bucks. I'm particularly fond of good used or NOS Shimano 600 road cranks which were very well made, very light, and can be had for WELL under $100
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Another vote for a used or NOS Shimano 600 crank. Get a 107mm bottom bracket and you're golden.

And if the fact that it's a 'road double' bothers you, just file off the inner chainring tabs.
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Another vote for old 600's and other road stuff. Don't buy new, it just encourages them.
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+1. used dura ace FC 7400 road doubles are my fav. 600s are sweet too.
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Yeah, old Shimano 105/600 will treat you fine.
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I've been checking out BMX cranks.

The SINZ are $50, 165mm, square tapered, 110bcd, and the chainrings come in variety of sizes up to 48. (I'm not singling out this particular brand)

Is there any reason these can't be used in a fixed gear application? Can they withstand hard fixed gear riding?

Just asking because I am not familiar with BMX.

I know some BMX cranks are heavy but these are described as pretty light.

And the price is right too!

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With Shimano 105/600s do you have to have a double ring on there or can you use the inner/out with a single ring?
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you can you just need to get bmx/track mounting hardware
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600s are the way to go
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I'm a fan of the $70 '05 Record crank arms.
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Originally Posted by queerpunk
what? none of the above. the best crankset for fixed that's under $100 is the used set of shimano 105, 600, or even dura ace road double that you can get for $60 or less if you play yr cards right.
I got my used 105 cranks for $15. Sweetness.
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I picked up some 600s on CL for $30.
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Originally Posted by mattface
What are you talking about??? Cheap cranks may not be light, and some of them not necessarily round, but they are not prone to snapping! There are plenty of decent cranks under a hundred bucks. I'm particularly fond of good used or NOS Shimano 600 road cranks which were very well made, very light, and can be had for WELL under $100
https://www.bikeforums.net/singlespeed-fixed-gear/266410-catastrophic-failure-stories-tell-them-here.html
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