View Full Version : Crank/BB Suggestions?
June 7th, 2003, 06:43 AM
I'm looking to get a new set of cranks/BB and am wondering what other clydes (I weigh a tad over 200) are riding and happy with. I'd really like to install the bb/cranks and forget about them for the season. Creaking tends to be a bummer while riding for me. Any suggestions?
If it helps, I don't do big drops.
June 7th, 2003, 08:48 PM
If you have experianced creaking it likley has nothing to do with your size.....The crank is loosened or has gotten dirt in the threads.....I weigh in at 205 and the only time I had a problem with a creak was with my old shimanoe splined bb and Lx and they just came loose. When I repacked them at the proper tourque it went away. You don't say what you are running now....or why you believe you need knew cranks....but how much do you want to spend?
If you feel you need new cranks, and something up to date and fairly strong, take a look at Pricepoint. They have a deal on Raceface Prodigy DH with 2 rings and bashgaurd or 3 rings without plus evolve fr bottom bracket (isis) for $114...good deal for the set. a little heavy but great for heavy xc/light freeride...Bob
June 8th, 2003, 08:09 AM
My question is one of curiosity rather than of need. Maybe I should have stated that on the original post.
Right now I have a set of Race Face Prodigy XC with the signature FR BB, and have liked the set up. The reason I'm asking is 'cause it is time for new rings and I was wondering what a new, slightly more expenseive($150-200) crankset would get me (in terms of performance, durability, etc) compared to just a new set of rings. I really haven't heard people talk too much about cranks and am looking for the opinions of what they have.
Upgrades rather than replacements can be fun! :)
Have you checked out mtbr.com? good feedback on all kinds of equip. by all types of riders. I've used both race face and truvative xc and fr/dh with great sucess. I weigh 185 and do 2 to 4 1/2 foot drops and never had a prob, with either setup. ( both are isis) I have found that initial setup is most important to prevent creaking, generally i use anti seize compound at all interfaces and on bb threads, and carefully torque to specs. also go back and check torque after a week or so of heavy riding a couple of times, then all set. As far as rings go i've had good shifting with both sets.Sometimes i find that it's nearly as easy and aboutthe same costs to get a whole new setup on sale (such as pricepoint) than it would be to replace all the rings, then i end up with spares, love to have spares. I haven't had probs with shifting, creaking or undue maintenence with the setups i have now, so that's why i recomend them...Bob
February 3rd, 2005, 08:03 PM
Moonhead Machine's rings might be a good choice.
February 3rd, 2005, 08:44 PM
i've been pretty happy with my shimano xt isis cranks from 03. i weigh in at about 255# and the cranks are still going strong. they've on their 4 bike now. i used them on my trail hardtail, doing a few 4'+ drops to flat. it handled a few well. the arms are still good. i managed to torque the isis bb splindle so much as to twist snap it in the middle of the splindle, within the bb shell. and this was the shimano es-70 bb. i did this off maybe a 3' or so drop. to those familiar with wompy, those old warehouse structures, with the concrete load dock that runs the length of them, that's what i was riding off to flat when it happened. they work awesome for general trail use without signifigant drops. not sure about the new xt. haven't really tracked new shimano cranks except saint (i'd definitely appreciate the larger splindle). the new xt might be lightened up for more xc riding, not sure. i've seen a few sets on trail rigs, but don't distinguishably remember any clydesdale riders on them.
another sweet set of cranks, but out of your pricerange for brand new i think is raceface next lp if you can find a new set of isis ones on ebay. i know i've seen some on ebay go cheap. they don't make them anymore, been replaced with the atlas and deus with their outboard bearing system. while on the subject of raceface outbaord bearing, i was looking at the diablous cranks as cranks for my rebirth of the hardtail as my fooling around bike, but after some research, i found that there have been quite a few problems with the arms loosening up. not sure about the atlas and deus though as concerning the same issue.
truvativ, not too familiar with their non DH cranks, but i have the holzfellers on my bighit and like em. they feel sturdy but weight alot, but that doesn't bother me much.
there's my post, only about 1/3 relevant to your original topic.
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