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Specialized Crankset(5 posts)

Specialized CranksetJFarley
Jun 6, 2003 3:28 PM
I was checking out a friend of mines Specialized Allez with its 105 equipment and the Specialized crank. On the surface it looks to be decent quality. I saw on the back of one of the arms its made by Sugino. Has anybody out there had any experience with these? Are they good quality? What about thier bottom brackets? Good looking bike, I just thought it strange to have all the 105 stuff and the Sugino crank.
Sugino's fine; no worriescory
Jun 6, 2003 3:52 PM
I don't remember everything I used to know about who builds what under what label for whom, but Sugino is a known and generally respected company. Grant Petersen uses Sugino cranks on Atlantis/Rambouillet--I have an XD on my Atlantis; it's fine; no problems.
Don't go to SRAM chainpitt83
Jun 6, 2003 5:43 PM
Everything was cool until I went to SRAM. Not that the OEM "Z" chain (maker unknown) was good, but the shifting and drivetrain went to hell with the SRAM.

The blame for the drivetrain problems went to the BB. 2 shops told me it was the wrong length. I went cheap with spacers the first fix; bought the 113 the second time around. Better, but still crappy. Doubt the Specialized would build / ship a kit with the wrong BB? Never really sniffed that out.

Eventually went pure Ultegra upgrade; still using those components w/o problem.

I think the Sugino is OK. My story is w/o an answer which makes good sense.

Never tried a HG Shimano chain or Wipperman; as always, YMMV.
Dunno about road, but on mountain bikes they're common...Eug
Jun 6, 2003 7:41 PM
...but often as a cost saving measure. They are very good quality, but they are heavy. ie. At least with a mountain bike, don't expect a bike sporting a Sugino crank to be an ultralight racer. It'll be fine for that 300 lb rider though.
re: Specialized CranksetMazinger
Jun 9, 2003 5:55 AM
I had no problems with mine. It was a triple Specialized/Sugino crank and specialized BB.

My Allez was also a full ultegra set except for the crank and BB.