The crankset is the combination of components that convert motion from the rider's leg movements into rotational motion to drive the chain and propel the bike. The crankset includes one or more chainrings (sprockets) and the two cranks, or arms, to which the pedals are attached.

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Right crank (Drive side) on the left?

So, I wonder what happen if I replace my left crank with another right crank (either Square tapered or ISIS splined wouldn't matter). What is the disadvantages apart from: 1) the pedal thread ...
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Why use multiple materials on chainrings?

Why is it that on a typical mid-level road triple crankset, the outer rings (larger rings) will be aluminum, while the inner ring (small ring) is chro-mo? It seems to me that if aluminium was good ...
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BCD consideraton, does it matter?

I currently have a Shimano 5700 10 speed double 53-39 t crankset with BCD of 130 mm ...
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Could I use a 30 tooth chainring with my current crankset?

a few months back I installed a 34 tooth narrow-wide chainring in my Santa Cruz Bronson. I decided to install the 34 tooth chainring, basically, because I couldn't fit any other smaller chainring ...
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Shimano 7400 crankset

Can I use shimano 6700 chain rings on my shimano 7400 crank set? I am upgrading the drive train and would like to keep the crank if possible.
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Are pedal washers necessary on a carbon crankset?

I'm wondering if pedal washers are necessary, or even recommended, when riding with a carbon crank, in order to avoid damage to one's crank arms? The main reason I ask is because I prefer to ride ...
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Sound when pedalling

I have got a new mountain bike(hardtail wtih powerspline bb) and it is on 100 kms. When I push the pedals I hear little sound from the left side. It is only from the left and I think it can be the ...
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Upgrading crankset on mountain bike - what are my options

I have a cheap old rockrider 5.0 mountain bike also known under the btwin brand. Bit by bit I'm trying to improve it's performance as a road commuter bike. So far I've changed the rear wheel to a ...
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Can pedals not fit the crankset?

I just ordered and received my bike with FSA Tempo CK-200 crankset and Shimano Saint MX80 pedals (really good deal). Just received and it seems that they do not fit with crankset! The spindle on ...
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Is it possible to change a Shimano FC131 crankset's chainrings?

I'm going to buy a bike wtih this crank, but I want to change the bigger ring. This is one of the lower end shimano cranks -- so I am worrying that the chainrings may not be replaceable. Thanks ...
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What kind of crankset to get for this bike?

I have a Schwinn Volare 1300, bought from here. So the pedal on my crank arm came off today, when I tried to screw it back on I noticed that the hole where the screw goes has become smooth and does ...
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Can I mix a SRAM Crankset with everything else Shimano? (Derailleurs, Cassette etc) [closed]

I was wondering if I could swap a Shimano crankset with a SRAM crankset without any problems I also know about different BBs like Octalink and chainring size differences
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How do I know when to replace/maintain the crank?

What are the warning signs that a crank (not the chainwheel etc, but the crank itself) is worn out and needs to be changed, or removed and cleaned? I have never changed mine in 5 years or so, because ...
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Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?

When I pedal forcing a little with my right leg, the bike makes a noise that I don't know how to describe. I'll try to do it. It's like: a short "ting" a tiny bell if a small rock hits the down tube ...
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High-end components [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone knows of any high-end components that are like Paul components. Not the pro-peloton stuff like SRAM and Shimano, but the, dare I say hipster components. I'm looking for ...
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Cannondale Trail SL 3 component upgrades

I have a 2013 cannondale trail SL 3 and some parts have been worn and look beat up so I'm planning to replace them. I was wondering if I can use a 10-speed rear derailleur on a 9 speed cassette and ...
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Crank axle cracked on 1972 Centurion, looking for guidance on how to replace

As I said, I have a 1972 Centurion. Today while riding I hit a pothole as I was coming down on my left pedal. I immediately felt like my pedal was moving around in ways it shouldn't. Stopping to look, ...
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Can I replace the crank on a Raleigh m20 with one from a Schwinn Ranger?

I have a Raleigh m20 mountain bike with a messed up crankset. The only other crankset I have is from a Schwinn Ranger. The two cranksets look like they are the same size. Is it possible to install ...
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Pedals not turning together

I have just tried to tighten up the nuts at the end of my crank but for some reason the pedals dont work in unison and now the left and right pedals are at a 90 degress angle instead of 180 and im not ...
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Can I swap out an Ultegra 6750 crankset with a 6700?

I want to have the ability to change chainsets depending on terrain. I currently have the compact Ultegra 6750 chainset and am after a 6700 53/39 for the flats and races etc. Are the axels the same ...
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Creaking from cranks/spindle. How to fix?

Recently the cranks on my bike started to creak. I checked with my usual "bike-bible" Park Tool. They recommended dis-assemble, lubricate, re-assemble. So I did that. Remove cranks. Remove spindle. ...
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What direction are the threads on Ultra Torque bearing cups?

I need to remove the bottom bracket bearing cups from my 2010 Athena groupset. Do they both unscrew anti-clockwise, or is one side different (and which one)?
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Putting Shimano SORA STI Shifters on Touring Bike w/Deore Derailure

So I just bought the 2015 Fuji Touring Bike and it came with bar-end shifters. I do a lot of city riding so having STI "Brifters" is really convenient in hilly city traffic. The problem is my Fuji ...
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How to fix a stripped pedal crank

The threads on my bike's pedal crank just became fully stripped and the pedal fell off, though the pedal itself is fine. Is there any way I can fix this without fully replacing the pedal crank?
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what is the biggest chainring I can put on my mountain bike?

I am going to do a 'gravel grind' ride with lots of elevation gain and want to be able to keep up with the cyclocross bike riders. From what I understand they have 46/36 chainrings. My mountain bike ...
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Shimano XT with Campag Centaur crank?

I would like to use a Shimano XT group for my flat-bar disc-brake touring bike, but the XT crankset doesn't suit my touring needs very well. I would prefer having a 50/34 crank instead of the XT's ...
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Carbon crank with loose pedal thread

I have a FSA Carbon crank where the thread/bolt for my pedal has become lose and wobbles. In all fairness the crank has has 20,000KM on it. Can it be repaired, can I replace just the crank, or do I ...
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When pedaling forward my bike suddenly disingages and goes limp

My Ridgeback Velocity bicycle suddenly disengages and goes limp and loose when pedalling forward, similar as if I'm pedalling backwards.
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Chain rubbing on new derailleur and crankset

My bicycle is a Rockrider 520. I have replaced my front derailleur with Shimano Acera FD-M390 and my crankset with Shimano Acera FC-M391. But chain is rubbing inside of FD even when FD cable is not ...
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Crank is slipping freely occassionally when pedaling; occasional “clonk” sound

Crank is slipping freely occassionally when pedaling; occasional "clonk" sound-not sure where sound is coming from-crank is tight, no movement or looseness
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How do you remove the sprocket from an eighthinch splined BMX style crankset?

I have the EighthInch Freestyle Splined Crankset. These are very similar to profile bmx cranksets. I purchased a larger sprocket to use with the crankset. I've used a crank puller to remove the drive ...
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Campagnolo 11 speed crank with 10 speed running gear

I currently have an older 10 speed Campagnolo Record group set with 52/39 cranks. I would like to get a compact group set. I can't get an equivalent 10 speed compact cranks now but I can get an 11 ...
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Pedal thread gone SRAM 150/100 chainset - what can be done?

I recently bought an Eastway FB3.0 road bike (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/eastway-fb30-2014/) for commuting and the pedal thread has gone on the right hand pedal. Am I right in thinking the only solution ...
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pedal crank moves and tries to slip off the axle

I changed the bottom-bracket in my mountain bike two years ago, the problem was that the bolt on the crank on the non-drive side was continuously getting loose, to the point that I had to stop and ...
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Do Pros use compact cranksets?

Do pro riders use compact cranksets for hilly races? I'm trying to determine if switching to a compact double will mean I don't have the top end speed to be competitive in higher levels of racing (I'm ...
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Replace a double ultegra crankset for a triple ultegra crankset. Is that possible?

I would like to exchange a triple Ultegra crankset on one road bicycle to another bicycle with a double Ultegra crankset. Is that possible?
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46/30 from a 53/39

I'm considering making the above change in crank sets primarily because 53/39 is really hard on the hills here. I have 11-28 at the back. I don't see a downside to this since it seems like I will ...
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Larger sproket on a single speed crankset?

I recently bought an urban bike that comes with a single gear crankset with a 42 tooth sprocket and an 8 speed rear with 12-36 teeth. I would like to swap out the front sprocket to a larger one to ...
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Crank sliding horizontally through the bottom bracket

Was out biking today when I noticed the pedals were moving side to side, with the pedal arm almost coming off the left side. As I was investigating the washer with "LH fsa AL" actually came off in my ...
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Is it possible to change the lengths of bike cranks? [duplicate]

ive had debilitating arthritis since I was five and whilst I was younger I enjoyed riding a bike. Unfortunately due to degradation of my hip and lower back joints I am unable to use bikes with long ...
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crankset compatability

I am wondering if I would be able to run the 105 5800 crankset with my 9 speed ultegra 5600 shifters/rd? I don't have the funds to do the whole groupset at once, and I believe upgrading to 11 speed ...
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Can I install a double chainset on a bike that was originally designed for a triple chainset?

I have a BTwin Triban 3 which has a triple chainset that needs replacing. I am thinking of replacing it with a double chainset this time. Is this possible, or do I need new shifters and a different ...
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Campagnolo Crank Compatibility 11 speed crank to 9 speed chain/deraillieur/shifters

I need to replace my 9 Speed Campagnolo Racing T Crank with a new one which uses the power torque system. Is a 11 Speed Athena (or 10 speed Centaur) crank compatible with the racing t front ...
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Expected chainline from 103 mm bottom bracket to 107 mm bottom bracket?

Frame Windsor - The Hour Hub Width - 120mm Stock Bottom Bracket Sizing - 68 x 103 mm Miche Bottom Bracket Sizing - 68 x 107 mm Miche Crank Set Requirements - 68 x 107 mm bottom bracket ...
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Cassette & Crank combo for commuting

Okay so I've been reading about gear ratios and what not all morning and I can't make any sense of it. Some of it is registering but it's still kind of over my head. I'm ordering a Tiagra group set ...
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Touring Drivetrain Dilemna

I own a 2015 Specialized AWOL Elite and love it except when I am fully loaded and lumbering up a pass. I'm looking for a way to get more range without completely replacing my drivetrain. This ...
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Attaching crank arm with Shimano SLX M660

Firstly, apologies if this question has tones of frustration, my new crank set and bottom bracket has never been installed correctly, so I am going to do it myself. Should the drive spline on the ...
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Compatibility issues with upgrading a 1991 1400a Miyata Road Bike

I've only just started getting into bikes recently, so i'll try and be as accurate and succinct as possible. Apologies in advance if I confuse anyone. I want to upgrade the wheels and crankset on my ...
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How to remove Race Face crankset?

I have a Race Face Ride XC single ring crankset that I stripped out the pedal threads on one arm. I am trying to remove the crankset, I have followed the instructions that came with the crankset, and ...
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Orienting Shimano Cup and Cone square-taper bottom bracket spindle

Let's say you were servicing a Shimano adjustable bottom bracket and forgot which way the spindle was originally oriented. You also forgot your ruler. How would one correctly orient the spindle (so ...