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Cranksets with gearing for the tourer- Why are there so few?

Old 05-02-05, 11:55 AM
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Cranksets with gearing for the tourer- Why are there so few?

I've been able to find two stock cranksets with what I think is good gearing (26-36-48) for a tourer. One is the Nashbar Trekking and the other is the Shimano LX M-581. TruVativ seems to have discontinued their Stylo SL Trekking. Do you know of any others?
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"touring" cranksets are in the eye of the beholder. I tour with a standard triple and have seen people touring with a standard double, towing a BOB, cranking up mountain ranges. You can always buy the crankarms and chainrings that you like if you can't find anything stock . . .
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I ordered the Truvativ Touro 30/42/52 crankset yesterday for a touring bike that I am building. can't beat $44 shipped!
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My fav is the Sugino XD 600 ,VG quality, 48/36/26 rings I think is standard now. various arm lengths and comes in silver. costs $90 to $110. This crank came on a lot of Japanese touring bikes 25 years ago and is still being manufactured

www.harriscyclery.com sells it as do other online shops
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Originally Posted by velonomad
My fav is the Sugino XD 600 ,VG quality, 48/36/26 rings I think is standard now. various arm lengths and comes in silver. costs $90 to $110. This crank came on a lot of Japanese touring bikes 25 years ago and is still being manufactured

www.harriscyclery.com sells it as do other online shops
I forgot about that one. It seems they are being sold with 46-36-26 now these days. But as you said, they have been around for quite a while. Have the major producers forsaken the touring/commuter market?
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Shimano assumes everyone wants to ride like Lance, or at least look like they can. Other companies follow Shimano & market racer-wannabe equipment. Hence, fewer practical cranksets.
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Well, you only need one crankset! It's not that tough to build a crankset (pretty much) any way you want to... That said, my last touring crank was the Sugino but I think it came 48-38-28 and I swapped the 28 for a 24.
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Originally Posted by timhines
I ordered the Truvativ Touro 30/42/52 crankset yesterday for a touring bike that I am building. can't beat $44 shipped!
I have it and I like it (only been riding it for 2 days though ). It is rather heavy, mostly because the middle ring is steel, but I suppose that greatly increases its lifetime.
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Originally Posted by moxfyre
I have it and I like it (only been riding it for 2 days though ). It is rather heavy, mostly because the middle ring is steel, but I suppose that greatly increases its lifetime.
Have you tried it for a test run loaded? My knees hurt just thinking about it!
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Originally Posted by Ziemas
Have you tried it for a test run loaded? My knees hurt just thinking about it!
Haha, nothing more than 30 lbs. of books on a few short, steep hills. I have an 11-23 cassette, not planning on doing any touring in hilly regions, though I'm sure I'll end up buying a new cassette when that happens
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I have the Sugino XD 26-36-48 from Ben's Cycles in Milwaukee. Excellent crank, but the gearing feels a little low when the bike is not loaded.
I also just found an old Peugeot Canyon Express at the Goodwill store that has a Japanese touring crank with 28-38-48 rings on it. $48 for the entire bike. Great deal, and I have a feeling I'll like the Peugeot better than the my road touring bike.
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