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Im after a set of cranks for a cheap fixie build.
I see that there is a variety of ones on ebay for the $30 /$40 mark (plus postage) but have heard people say they are crap. I would also like to get some that are 165mm so as to improve ground clearance.
What makes a crank good and bad and how do you know. I realise weight is something to look out for, but when it comes to economy cranks would there even be much difference?
I'd be happy to go for second hand cranks, but they seem to be hard to come by at reasonable prices. (If anyone has any let me know, I'm prepared to spend hours to polish)
I also assume that for single speed its easiest to go for square tapered cranks? (I can't see how you could adjust 2nd hand splined axle road cranks for a fixie)
Any ideas or suggestions welcome.
So your saying the external bearing cranks dont use any type of "measurement" the way square tapered cranks use bottom brackets of x size? So basically I could use any external bearing crankset and it would have some sort of standard length which can then be adjusted to suit single speed/fixed use?
The fixie cranks from cyclingdeal are ok, paint finish sucks and they seem like the crank spindle size is ISO rather than the more common road JIS size (see sheldon) but for a low budget build they work. No good with 3/32 chains though despite what their description says.
Can't remember the brand on mine (starts with s)
Edit: shun cranks. Yeah I lol the name too.
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External bearing bottom brackets and a set of cranks - what sort of money would you be looking at? Surely can't be too cheap?
I've always seemed to have a number of different width square tapered BB's and spare old cranksets to ensure that I can find a combo to get a straight chain line with.
My current fixed gear has a shimano square taper BB (approx 110mm) and I've been running some generic 170mm roady cranks off an old Alloy Apollo roady for a few years without any issue.
I guess I'm suggesting the cheap way is to pick up a square taper BB and some second hand roady cranks..... and see if you can achieve a good chain line.
Just did a conversion with a mate. Used a sealed 107mm Shimano BB (new...~$30 I think) and a set of early 80s 165mm Arabesque Double cranks. The shorter BB length than the double would normally require for two chainrings at the front allowed the single ring to be mounted on the outer shelf and look better, imho.
The mock up went well, but when we torqued the cranks down proper on the taper, the crank arm couldn't clear the chainstay. Back of to the local, amenable & actually helpful LBS who scratched out one of the 2.5mm spacer washers for the described later external bearing types. Pulled out the driveside fixed cup and used this spacer between it and the frame we all good. This did mean the left side crank was a bit closer in when the adjustable cup was snugged in further - but it still had 3 or 4mm clearance.
Just scrounge around for some square taper double cranks. Your bit of grief maybe similar as described above, maybe getting chainline or clearance. A decent LBS should be able to help with spacers or letting your swap an unsuccessfully tried BB... maybe.
After all is said and done; a lot more is usually said than done.
Keep an eye on evilbay... I got my FSA Gossamer cranks (with chainrings) with BB for $50.00 +about $15.00 postage (if I remember correctly). You just can't be in a hurry if you want to get a good price. It can take a while to win an auction at a price you are happy with.
Best value track cranks I reckon are Stronglight track 2000.
Wack them on with a 107mm JIS bottom bracket and the chainline is spot on, no mucking about with spacers. They can be had in 165mm, 170mm and 172.5mm lengths. They come with a proper 144 BCD, 1/8" track chainring and they look great. You can't go wrong really. If you hunt around on the Euro cycling stores they can be had for $100 AUD plus shipping.
they wouldn't be a single chain ring though...would they?
I ride several bicycles, but not at once.
Put the single ring in the granny position and you're good to go.
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Lasco Originals cost me $50 shipped from Ebay (Ill post a link if you want). My opinion, they are just cranks and a chainring, they do what they do and do it quite nicely. I haven't ridden many fixed gears yet so Im not sure how they compare to other cranksets but in my opinion they are very nice for a starting crankset. You'll also want to figure out what ratio you want to use.
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