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Old 02-12-08, 02:30 AM
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Guess which cranks.

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truvativ touros?
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Looks very Shimano-esque.
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Old 02-12-08, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by ThunderChunky View Post
truvativ touros?
Agreed
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Old 02-12-08, 11:07 AM
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I spent the last couple of night working on this as a release from boredom and poor TV programming...

Truvativ Touro is correct - stock issue with a Stronglight 39T ring. (14T in back).

DIY

(1) Remove pedals.
(2) Remove ring and detach crank arm from BB spindle.
(3) Degrease gunk from crankarms especially around pedal hole and BB area. Then, Windex.
(4) 150 grit sandpaper over the clearcoat and over the laser etched logos. (Probably .3mm deep.)
(5) 250 grit sandpaper over what you just sanded.
(6) "Wet Sand" using the green part of a sponge under running water. This step will give your cranks a matte sheen.
(7) Use a metal polish on the crank arms. Apply polish, buff and polish out to a mirror shine using a clean rag. If you did it right, the finish should look like a new and just as shiny as a new crankset.
(8) Reattach crankset to BB, install pedals and ring.
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Old 02-12-08, 11:09 AM
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but why?
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but why?
Logo removal. Finishing details - imperfections from the casting process, etc.
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Old 02-12-08, 11:20 AM
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I think the term "lipstick on a pig" comes to mind. you should get some mother's and a polishing wheel and complete the process.
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Originally Posted by Cynikal View Post
I think the term "lipstick on a pig" comes to mind. you should get some mother's and a polishing wheel and complete the process.
lipstick on a pig would be zipps on a pista. crank polishing is neither ostentacious or expensive.
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Old 02-12-08, 11:36 AM
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Looks better than my black ones. Seems like a little too much work for my taste though.

The term "polishing a turd" comes to my mind. At least your turd is polished though, my turd is still just a normal turd.
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Originally Posted by shasta View Post
Looks better than my black ones. Seems like a little too much work for my taste though.

The term "polishing a turd" comes to my mind. At least your turd is polished though, my turd is still just a normal turd.
My turd is also just a normal turd.

This summer I'm going to trade it in for a not-so-turdy crankset, though.
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Old 02-12-08, 12:38 PM
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Aren't Touros real ****ty quality?
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Originally Posted by rduenas View Post
Aren't Touros real ****ty quality?
Hence all of the "polishing a turd" comments.
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I like the idea of modding your crankset. Too bad the OP's looks a bit like d*ck, but I like the no-nameness of it. I am usually quick to remove logos and decals. But that's just me, I guess. I did leave the skeleton spine on the toptube of my Monocog, though - I think it looks rad.
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Originally Posted by MIN View Post
lipstick on a pig would be zipps on a pista. crank polishing is neither ostentacious or expensive.
i polished a sakae stem to a nice finish, but i used 800-1000 grit (wet sanding) and then metal polish. it turned out a lot shinier than i expected and i got out most of the imperfections. the best thing was that the stem was free.
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Originally Posted by ryanday View Post
Hence all of the "polishing a turd" comments.
I challenge you to ride Touros vs Campy Record and find a ride difference. Double dog dare ya. The differences are mostly aesthetic and in manufacturing tolerances/quality.

I weighed the cranks while it was off the bike and the weight was decent - 650 grams with bolts and ring. It's a fairly stiff crank to boot.

I find these comments ridiculous in the face of the multiple daily threads on "which dumpster bike conversions?", et al.
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Originally Posted by rduenas View Post
Aren't Touros real ****ty quality?
i noticed a very, very, very slight difference between 75's and the touros performance-wise, and that could definitely have been placebo effect. i only replaced them because i got the 75's for free and they are so much prettier. they aren't "****ty" cranks.
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Originally Posted by rduenas View Post
Aren't Touros real ****ty quality?
They are not that bad most of the time. Turd is my middle rating, its between garbage and good. The main problem with them is that at one point they seemed to have got a bad shipment of bolts and peoples cranks started ripping off of the bottom bracket. They also use a "power spline" which limits your options as far as switching out parts. If you were not unlucky enough to have gotten one of the garbage bolts and you do not feel compelled to mix and match components then they are perfectly fine. I've got at least a thousand miles on mine and they are still going strong.
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my decals just came off after rubbing against my vans
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Old 06-28-08, 03:39 AM
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Nothing like reviving a dead thread for no reason.

FAIL.
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theres always good reason to revive a dead thread...just not this time
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Originally Posted by rduenas View Post
Aren't Touros real ****ty quality?
They're probably made by RPM like every other cheap crank. Bulletproof, FSA, you name it. All the same.
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well, while the thread has been bumped i might as well add to it.

+1 to mentioning the use of Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish. Just bought my first can of that stuff to revive some old 70s Nervar cranks on a frenchy bike and it worked astonishingly well. Cleans up rims and spokes real well too. And a little Meguiars Insta Detail for the painted shi0t.

A clean bike is a mean bike!
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Old 07-06-08, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by shasta View Post
They are not that bad most of the time. Turd is my middle rating, its between garbage and good.
You rate poo-poo above regular garbage?
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Old 07-06-08, 01:33 PM
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I like discarded food cartons over poo myself.

Anyways, I don't really understand the Touro hate. They're not the prettiest but they get the job done rather well and are fairly light. Seriously, who needs their cranks to be ridiculously stiff? Most of us are riding steel frames anyways; any flex that doesn't happen in the crank will probably be transferred to the bottom bracket and corresponding tubing.

Then again, I'm piss broke and can't afford to buy prettier cranks.
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