So far it seems like the Shimano Sante or Suntour Sprint cranksets are the only ones that would fit my bottom bracket spindle (I am hoping to keep both BB and spindle). Am I missing any possible cranksets?

  • sheldonbrown.com/bbtaper.html
    – krs1
    Nov 21, 2011 at 14:27
  • I've seen that link, but don't see any list of compatible cranksets. I've been going through Velobase's list of cranksets, but it's a slow trudge. As far as I can tell, the Sprint and Sante cranksets are the only ones that fit the bill. If I want to mess up my chainline just a teensy bit, I can also do a Shimano 105 (FC-1056) road double, which takes a 107mm spindle. I'm just hoping there might be some other (more readily available) options.
    – bork
    Nov 22, 2011 at 5:27
  • That page is just a good point of reference. Spindle width shouldn't be a huge issue, as moving the chain line a millimeter will probably only require some derailer adjustment.
    – krs1
    Nov 22, 2011 at 15:38
  • @bork - Mess up the chainline by how much? For a derailleur bike, it probably won't matter. For a single-speed, you have a lot less room for error, but you still might make it. Nov 22, 2011 at 22:35

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Going off-spec here is only useful if your spindle is actually symmetric 108mm. If it's older and asymmetric it may actually be equivalent to a wider modern bottom bracket. You also don't specify a BCD preference; it looks like the cranks designed for narrower spindles seem to be 110mm BCD.

According to Harris Cyclery, the Origin-8 cranks give a chainline of 43.4mm with a 107mm bottom bracket, which would be only 0.4mm off the Shimano spec of 43.5mm if your spindle is symmetrically wider.

The Sugino XD Swiss Cross lists 45mm as the chainline with a 110mm spindle; that would be 43mm in your case and 0.5mm to the inside. Possibly good if your frame can handle a narrower Q-factor.

The TruVativ Touro and other TruVativ square taper cranks also seem to be designed around a 108mm bottom bracket.

  • I was going to say, I recall a lot of Origin8 cranksets using 107. Jun 26, 2020 at 20:37

A modern square taper bottom bracket is one piece sealed. They are about $20. I would suggest that you not allow a $20 part to limit your crankset choices. Also, you can buy cranksets with bottom brackets these days. Might I also suggest that you move to the new standard of external bottom bracket? In this system two bearing cups screw into the bottom bracket shell and the oversized spindle is affixed permanently to the driveside crank. This "two piece" crank system is the new standard and is superior in several ways to square taper. By moving the bearings outward you decrease angular load on the bearings (decreased wear) and improve power transfer in the crankset.

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    By moving the bearings outward you decrease angular load on the bearings (decreased wear) and improve power transfer in the crankset. But how often do BB bearings actually wear out? And is (supposed) "improved power transfer" enough to even compensate for the increased weight? Dec 21, 2011 at 1:17

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