Need a new crankset for tarck (Kilo). Will get some track and some street use. Upgrading from ghetto Stronglight crankset and don’t want to spend a million dollars. Also don’t want blingy, and don’t want black (b/c racism).
Things I am considering:
Miche Advanced or Primato
Stronglight Track 2000
The Soma Hellyers are the same as the Andel/Alien cranks for a much lower price. And the Primatos use 135 BCD, which is rather uncommon. I’m also looking for some cranks and I’ve narrowed it down to the Miche Advanced Track or the Truvativ Omnium, both of which can be had for under $200 on ebay with free shipping.
I’d love to hear from Braden on this topic. He was endorsing the SRAM courier, I believe. I like external BB cranks, but some are better than others in terms of how the NDS crankarm attaches. He seems to be the most knowledgeable on this topic.
eh, RD’s get a 45mm chainline. Maybe it’s insignificant, but I don’t like the idea of my chain perpetually being ready to drop. I had that happen while cranking hard on a BMX bike. Chain dropped, lost balance, bars twisted, and I went over the handlebars, ripping up every single article of clothing I was wearing, plus ruining a rather expensive watch. Moral of the horror story: you may spend more money in the long run.
Also, the new Andel cranks also come in an outboard BB model, though the price is similar to the Omniums on eBay.
SRAM Omnium if you’re doing a lot of track riding since the stiffer crank and higher-quality, track-specific chainrings will serve you well there, but the SRAM Courier seems pretty cool as well, particularly if you’re going to be riding mostly on the road anyway. Seems like a contender for the spot that the RD holds in the market.