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Shimano 105 cranks...black finish wear off/chip easy?(5 posts)

Shimano 105 cranks...black finish wear off/chip easy?ChuckUni
Dec 10, 2003 1:21 PM
Hi everyone,

I am thinking upgrading my Tiagra equipped Jamis Nova to a triple. I am tempted to use the black 105 crankset because I think it may look good on the bike. Bike isn't a racer, I use it for a bit of everything, so it will be around for a few years at least.

Question is: how durable is that finish? Does it rub off/ scratch easy? Am I just asking for a crappy looking crankset in a year or two?

Also, anyone think there is a big difference in stifness/shift quality between the 105 and next step up Ultegra? I already have the Park crank puller for Shimano splined cranksets so the self extracting bolts aren't that big of an issue.
re: Shimano 105 cranks...black finish wear off/chip easy?Rusty Coggs
Dec 11, 2003 7:23 AM
Never saw a crank finish that did not wear,if rubbed or scratched. There is silver aluminum under the black. That will probably look pretty icky.
re: Shimano 105 cranks...black finish wear off/chip easy?cyclopathic
Dec 11, 2003 1:59 PM
agree with Rusty if your shoe/shoe cover comes in contact it will eventually wear. However, it won't give in easy and you can always touch it up with black grill paint.

With respect to 105 vs Ultegra they use the same crank arms, so they should be as stiff. Ultegra has better rings, anodized, they should last longer. New 105 shifts as good as Ultegra. I have silver 105 for 2 seasons, maybe 3,000mi on that bike/no visible wear, rings as good as new.
re: Shimano 105 cranks...black finish wear off/chip easy?ChuckUni
Dec 11, 2003 2:14 PM
Cool...Thanks for the info. Seems like, for the most part, you can't go wrong with the middle of the road shimano groups.

-Chuck
Touchup with Sharpie permanent marker?? Might work OK (nm)B2
Dec 12, 2003 8:38 AM