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Help me select a crankset
« on: June 02, 2010, 04:13:47 PM »
The big and middle chainrings are shot on my Shimano M542 crankset.  Instead of replacing the rings I think I may be able to spend a little more and get a nicer crankset. 
 
I'd love an XTR crankset but that is a bit out of my price range.  Any other fairly light and strong cranksets that I should look at?

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Re: Help me select a crankset
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2010, 04:22:54 PM »
You can find the XT's for $200. Best bang for the buck 8)

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Re: Help me select a crankset
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2010, 06:24:55 PM »
Alan, are you looking for a new BB also? What is your budget? Why not just replace the rings with Blackspire rings ($90) and maybe a Chris King BB ($129).... they are supposed to be the best...

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Re: Help me select a crankset
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2010, 07:07:17 PM »
Not looking for a BB (although the XT comes with one).  I like those Blackspire rings.  They look kinda heavy though, no?
 
I guess I'm leaning towards a crankset so I can take my existing crankset w/bb and throw it on my Monocog.  The Monocog has the heaviest BB I've ever come across.  I think it is made of lead.
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Re: Help me select a crankset
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2010, 07:11:58 PM »
XT, been using them for years and they last a LONG Time.

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Re: Help me select a crankset
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2010, 07:37:41 PM »
I'd have to agree that you can't go wrong with the XT.
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Re: Help me select a crankset
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2010, 08:44:29 PM »
I have had both the XT and the Evolve. The XT is a little nicer but the big difference is the bottom bracket. The Shimano is ROCK solid while I and MANY others have been thru a few RaceFace BB's. That being said, $89 get's you a sweet crank, and when the BB dies replace it with a $35 XT ;) or as OZZY say's "GO BIG OR GO HOME" and upgrade to the Bling Chris King ;D

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Re: Help me select a crankset
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2010, 08:46:39 PM »
Doooh :o That crank is a 170mm :'(

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Re: Help me select a crankset
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2010, 08:47:00 PM »
The XT's are really good. The benefit with the XTR's is the Ti chainrings, I ran my first chainrings for 2.5 years and finally replaced them because I figured they needed it. Never had a problem with them though, and that is why I went back to XTR's when I built my Epi up. I see my buddies replacing chainrings a couple of times a year and I just keep on rolling. A couple bucks now, or a couple of bucks later it all evens out in the long run. ;)
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Re: Help me select a crankset
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2010, 08:52:08 PM »
hell, for the price LX don't look too bad either http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/CR303A00-Shimano+Lx+Fc-M582+Crankset.aspx
 
 
 
 
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Re: Help me select a crankset
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2010, 09:01:49 PM »
The 770 is what I have my eyes on.  I am thinking about yanking the granny gear since I never use it so that will be some additional weight savings.  The other idea kicking around in my head is a 1x9 with a 34 or 36 up front.  If I go that route I can keep the existing crankset.

Dumb question.  The Paragon takes a 73mm BB shell.  My Redline takes a 68mm.  I'm assuming the existing BB from my Paragon will work on the Redline w/o screwing up my chainline if I don't utilize the spacers that are on the Paragon right now....right?  From what I understand the Shimano BB works with either a 73 or 68 depending on whether or not you use the supplied spacers.
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