I just bought a Shimano Tourney 3 speed crankset (Fcty301 Jts01) and it came sealed in a Shimano bag, that was inside another sealed bag, but when I look at the teeth, they are not regular, some are "shorter" and wider, whereas some are pointy

I actually bought this because when I ride my bike it sometimes skips and cracks when I pedal and I saw that it had some teeth I thought were "broken" or worn, but I see the same type of thing in a brand new one(and the bag was not showing any kind of wear or tear, it was in mint condition

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Yes, modern chainrings have teeth that vary from each other. They are formed that way to enhance shifting between the different chainrings. Older chainrings from a couple of decades ago had teeth that were symmetrical as they did not have the advanced profiles in use today.

The creaking you were experiencing was probably due to either one of the chainrings being loose or your bottom bracket being loose or worn out. The bottom bracket is the bearing assembly at the bottom of the bike frame, where the seat tube, the down tube, and the chainstays intersect. It is possible that an extremely worn chainring could also cause noise, especially with a fresh chain (a new chain on an extremely worn chainring can creak in its "displeasure" with not being able to smoothly engage with the chainring).

The likely cause of the creaking you are hearing is either:

  1. A loose bottom bracket in the bottom bracket shell
  2. A loose crankarm on the bottom bracket axle
  3. A worn out bottom bracket (not as common)
  4. A loose chainring
  5. Worn chainring(s)

In the interest of ensuring that terminology is clearly communicated to the questioner, I am adding some images.

First, this is called a crankset. It includes the chainrings (what engages with the chain), and the crankarms (the arms that the pedals screw into). In some cases, the crankset includes the axle connecting the right and left crankarms, but not in the case of the model identified in the question.


Next, this is what your bottom bracket looks like. This model includes the axle, and each end of the axle has a tapered square shape that the two crankarms engage. There are other engagements besides the tapered square, and also bottom brackets that do not include an axle (for cranksets that include the axle).

bottom bracket

Finally, this is what is called the bottom bracket shell. It is part of the bike frame and is where the bottom bracket is either screwed or pressed into when the bottom bracket is installed.

bottom bracket shell

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    So either way, I did good by buying a new bottom bracket, good :) Thanks for the prompt response! Jun 15, 2022 at 1:38
  • If the bike is brand new there shouldn't be any need to buy a new bottom bracket. Jun 15, 2022 at 14:42
  • @user2705196 I don’t recall the bike being new (it could be). The question mentions that a new crankset was ordered.
    – Ted Hohl
    Jun 15, 2022 at 15:47
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    Great educational reference value to add the pictures! Also because not everybody is a native English speaker. Jun 15, 2022 at 18:38
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    @TedHohl I misunderstood that the bike was new. Sorry, my bad. Jun 15, 2022 at 19:24

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