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Stronglight Ironlight cranks(7 posts)

Stronglight Ironlight cranksTim.
Dec 12, 2001 7:39 AM
Has anyone used these cranks? Excel Sports has them for less than $30. For some reason with a price that low it makes me wonder if there have been problems with them. Or maybe its because they are not splined.
why would splined make a dif?Jack S
Dec 12, 2001 8:34 AM
they are not shimano... and if you're looking for an inexpensive 130bcd crank why not? they are even less now- they were going for $50 with the bb earlier
why would splined make a dif?Tim.
Dec 12, 2001 10:00 AM
I was just basing that on the preferences of some of the people I ride with. I still use square taper cranks, but they think that splined cranks are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
re: Stronglight Ironlight cranksbrider
Dec 12, 2001 9:27 AM
Looks to me that they're just offloading all the Stronglight stuff, possibly because they're not going to deal with them in the future. Maybe because they just didn't move out the door fast enough.
sounds like garbage! Junk!Bernie
Dec 12, 2001 11:09 AM
Oddly enough, I just mounted a pair.jw25
Dec 12, 2001 11:17 AM
I picked mine up from www.thorusa.com, though. Excel only has 170mm, and I wanted a little more length.
Anywho, the only thing I noticed was the spider was a bit crooked. It's a 2 piece design, and maybe it didn't mount quite right, or the crank facing was off. It was only 2mm variance, and a few whacks with a rubber mallet have it running true.
They're made for a 110mm BB, but I had a 107 in the frame, and tried it, and it seems to work. Torqued down to 320 in-lbs, there's around 2mm between the BB shell and crank, which looks very clean to me. Chainring and crankarm clearance are good, on a 3.0 series Cannondale.
I got the ti-finish, which is more grey than gold. Looks nice with the engraved logos. The arms are more round than the splined offerings, and since I have yet to ride them, I can't say for stiffness. They felt lighter than the Shimano 6400's they replaced, but that's subjective.
Stronglight's a pretty proven company; I bet the parts just don't move quickly enough, because consumers want the latest and greatest.
One last thing - if you want or need rings, thorusa's got Stronglight to match, and I can verify that the 2 ring sets ($31.50) are ramped and pinned, and very sweet.
Hope this helps.
Jon
Oxymorongrzy
Dec 13, 2001 11:29 AM
What you pay for is what you get.