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165 vs 160mm cranks?(3 posts)

165 vs 160mm cranks?Trevo
Dec 1, 2003 12:34 PM
I have some 165 cranks, but I was thinking that since all I ride is urban and street, would 160mm cranks do much for me?
I'd stay with the 165'sTig
Dec 1, 2003 3:53 PM
When racing track, 165's were plenty short enough. Now, even with a lower bottom bracket on my touring frame which is converted to fixed, 170's work really well on the road. I get a good combination of spin and leverage out of the 170's and have yet to scrape a pedal in a corner.

I don't see any advantage of going shorter than 165 mm. They should provide plenty of spinning capability.
I've used 160's off-road ...Humma Hah
Dec 2, 2003 9:08 AM
The cruiser came stock with 170's. It was always a little shy on ground clearance off-road, so I tried 160's on it for a while, when I was still using it as a MTB. They work surprisingly well ... I found a set of 175's rather uncomfortable after using the 160's for a couple of months.

But there would no special advantage to 160's over 165's for normal urban riding.