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Does this make sense?(6 posts)

Does this make sense?curious
Aug 12, 2001 10:25 AM
I started looking at replacing the chain rings on my Campy Record cranks. At places in the states like Coloradocyclist the Campy rings are like $60 (outer) and $45 (inner). Now I know that you can probably find them a little cheaper elsewhere or go with Stronglight or some other brank a little cheaper too but an entire 9-speed Chorus Crankset is the same price ($112 shipped!) Why the heck would I buy chainrings when I could get the whole crank for almost the same price! They are the same rings (record/chorus) right? I could order a different size...say I have 170's now, maybe I order some 175's when I need chainrings this time and 172.5's when I need chainrings the next time...then I have cranks for spinning, mashing, etc. When I acquire too many cranks I could sell the arms to offset the ring cost. This makes sense to me, please tell me why it doesn't?
re: Does this make sense?davidl
Aug 12, 2001 11:58 AM
Makes sense to me. The best sources of information about campagnolo equipment I have found are www.branfordbike.com and www.campyonly.com.
Sometimes excel's prices are better, but where information is concerned [e.g., the right part] you can rely on Branford.

You might check around there and make sure something else wouldn't work, too
makes sense, but there's cheaper ringsclub
Aug 13, 2001 9:56 AM
Nashbar lists a 135mm bolt circle 53T ring for $26.95, or $39.95 "Werks" rings with ramps and pins and gimmicks -- although plain ol' rings shift as fine as they have for the last 80 years. Vuelta also makes chainrings for 135mm that are pretty inexpensive.
another thought: Record vs Chorus ringsclub
Aug 13, 2001 10:01 AM
I'm not positive since I'm still happily running C-Record cranks and not up on the newer stuff, but, does Record cranks still use one arm of the spider hidden behind the crank arm? If yes, and I think it's still true, does Chorus also? They didn't used to, pretty sure they had a normal 5-arm spider. If all the above are true, then Chorus outer rings would have the chain catcher pin in the wrong place to work with your Record crank. If you're handy, you could always yank out the pin, they're just press-fit, and drill a new hole and pound it in where you need it. Or just run the whole Chorus crank. But something to be aware of.
another thought: Record vs Chorus ringsRacer-X
Aug 13, 2001 10:49 AM
"...does Record cranks still use one arm of the spider hidden behind the crank arm? "

Yes

"...does Chorus also? "

No

"If all the above are true, then Chorus outer rings would have the chain catcher pin in the wrong place to work with your Record crank. "

True
It's the same logic as why have a beautiful woman on your arm...tirider
Aug 13, 2001 7:12 PM
...when an average looking one costs so much less in the long run.
I know which way I go.