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CX cransket choice?(11 posts)

CX cransket choice?outofthesaddle
Sep 25, 2003 9:54 AM
TruVativ Elita
FSA Gossamer
Ritchey Pro

All of these options are pretty close in price. Is there any clear choice?

Thanks in advance.
My vote - UltegraChicago_Steve
Sep 25, 2003 11:50 AM
I have crappy luck with aftermarket cranks. Every Shimano crank I've tried works perfectly though. Here's some random observations.

TruVativ - Only ISIS compatible. It seems ISIS BB's have a pretty high failure rate over on the compared to Octalink and good old square taper. Try some searching over on MTBr to learn more.

FSA - Maybe good as an Octalink spline design (they offer both Octalink and ISIS). Torx style chainring bolts may mean buying a new tool.

Ritchey - Owns a set of these cranks and was not a big fan. They seems to have a lot of flex (to me). One of the chainring bolts threads directly into the drive side crank arm. Strip the threads and the crank is toast. I lost this suspect crank bolt twice in 400 miles of riding.
Second the UltegraJakob
Sep 25, 2003 1:07 PM
I've only had the Ritcheys and the Ultegras and the Ritchey threads stripped as described by Steve.

I have ridden some pretty brutal singletrack with the Ultegras and they are doing just fine. My wife and I have the Ultegras on 4 bikes in total and they are my favorite crankset.
from a bigger rideratpjunkie
Sep 25, 2003 1:39 PM
prefer MTB cranks for strength and extra stiffness. Run XTR and an AC XTR knock off cranks on my cxers. probably not an issue for lighter guys.
from a bigger rideroutofthesaddle
Sep 25, 2003 3:33 PM
Thanks all for the input. Ultegra gets the nod. I weigh a buck and a half and can't sprint to save my life so stiffness shouldn't be an issue.
I can't push big gearsrichpierce
Sep 25, 2003 4:14 PM
I also prefer MTB cranks cause I like a 46/36 combo. Plus I have a pile of old skool cranksets in the basement. My faves are the Ritchey Logic old skool MTB cranks with 46/36 Real rings. Have raced those for 3 years and they have been great.
Race Face....Farmpunker
Sep 26, 2003 2:01 AM
I used an Ultegra triple last year. Didn't like it as an all around roadie commuter crank and I couldn't find good gearing for cross racing with it. I switched to a Race Face 46-34-something, dropped the granny, and am really happy. The cranks themselves? They're cranks. Seem light enough. I'm 140. I don't flex anything.
A vote for Ritchey...PT
Sep 26, 2003 5:32 AM
I've have three different Ritchey cranks on three different bikes (single speed mtb, mtb, and cross) and all have large miles on them and all have performed exceptionally well. I've swapped rings routinely and never had a bolt issue and I like the design of a bolt threading into the crank arm -- it's clean and functional. Frankly I don't believe that the crank is a significant source of flex in the real world of pedaling on the bike (particularly in comparison to spindle, frame, wheel and tire flex). The older Ritchey crank on the single speed allows a nice small Q factor (much smaller than Shimano cranks), but that doesn't seem to be possible with the newer, splined cranks from Ritchey as they mate to Shimano bottom brackets.
Out of that list I'd choose Ultegra...The Walrus
Sep 26, 2003 4:49 PM
...but if I'm going Shimano I'd rather have either an older XT (standard), or an RSX double--these had the 110mm BCD, and even came with 46/36 rings. Not swank, but durable and stiff. Otherwise, Race Face works for me. I'd really like to try that TA crankset that comes with 48/34 rings...
I'll vote FSA Gossamer....dpb
Sep 28, 2003 11:15 AM
...But all I've tried is an old sugino thing and some random MTB cranks (Curve and low-end shimano). The gossamers are stiff, look great, shift perfectly with the FSA rings, and have never complained. Cheap too. ISIS BB from truvativ seems to be holding up very well also.

Just my 2c.
Second the Gossamerbyker
Sep 28, 2003 12:07 PM
It's a sweet looking crank and the shifting is superb. And you can't beat the price. I weigh 125 so the isis durability thing hasn't been a big deal.