Product Reviews

 Coming Soon, a great and controversial topic Crank length. 175mm ---> 180mm

 I will be reviewing the Dura Ace 7900 53/39  180mm

Below is a rough Draft

  • Miguel Indurian 180mm (190mm for second Hour record!)
  • Jan Ullrich 177.5mm
  • Marco Pantani 170mm (180mm in mountains)
  • David Zabriskie 175mm (180mm in mountains)
    • Alex Zulle 175mm (180mm in mountains)

  • My pedaling was improved significantly by getting cranks that were only 5mm different from the ones I was using. If you're extra tall or extra short and are using 170mm cranks, your ideal crank length is probably 10mm or more different from your current cranks. If you swap to the right size, the improvement is likely to be great.
  • 5mm is just one arm. You have two crank arms. An additional 5mm in length increases the distance between your pedals at 10mm. That's not a small amount. That creates a much larger pedal circle. Even novice riders should be able to feel 5mm.
  • I'm 6'5" with a 36 inch inseam, and the LBS, who specializes in Tri-Bikes put me on a 180mm crank.
  • I had a complete fitting done, before buying my bike, and I love the bigger crank! To keep the rpms up, I've had to move up the cassette a gear, but my speed hasn't dropped with the bigger crank. If the shop will let you test ride them, go for it.
  • Definitely go with the 180s. I’m 6’4” and I’ve been running 180mm XT cranks for years. 5mm extra doesn’t seem like much, but I remember feeling a distinct difference when I first changed over.
  • And on the other end, 7-foot basketball players do not bend their legs any less when they jump than shorter players. So why should they use minimal knee bend and operate their muscles only through a tiny part of their range when they ride a bike?
  • Your legs turning the cranks is what propels you along on your bike, it’s your motor. Proper crank length is crucial to achieve maximum efficiency in your “motor”. Therefore, crank length is one of the most important aspects of bike fit.
  • Another advantage to running taller cranks is a wider stance; your feet are farther apart, so you’re more stable and can drop your weight a little more in turns. If 185 or 190mm cranks were easily available, I’d probably try ‘em, but most cranks in those length are pricey,
  • Regarding climbing: Try longer cranks.
  • You might actually gain power. Depends. There is more to this than just a formula for leg length and crank length. Part of this boils down to your individual pedalling profile. For lower rpm, higher torque cadences, you better believe longer cranks can help. That's why








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