Kooka Crank Older Cranks

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Kooka Cranks

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[Jan 27, 2002]
Joe Mama
Cross Country Rider

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1
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2
Strength:

Colors

Weakness:

Customer service

Customer service is terrible. Had the notorious creaking spyder in my first pair. Wrote the company and received a reply offering an upgrade to the forged crankset for $69 for solid colors. Took them up on their offer and sent them my old cranks back. Over six months and many phone inquires later, I received the new cranks. However, they refused to honor the price they offered me in their original letter. I faxed them their letter with their price circled, yet they still refused to honor it. After credit card disputes, many faxes, phone calls to employees who never seem to last more than a month, I still could not resolve the issue. Finally gave up and won't recommend these jokers to my arch nemesis.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano, White Industries

[Jan 02, 2000]
dylan
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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Strength:

this is a light durable well designed crank and is well worth the money

Weakness:

a little flexy

this crank is the s*@# it is a good value and can be ridden all day with no problems

Similar Products Used:

race face

[Mar 13, 1998]
Rui Brito
cross-country rider

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1
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I had a pair of Kooka cranks bought for me by a friend in Texas in 95. Rode them for about 1 year (around 5 times a week, no races, 80kgs) on a Cannondale frame with Shimano XT BB. They developed a transversal crack (with some loss of material) at about 1 inch from the pedal threads on the LEFT ARM (no problems whatsoever at the right arm) while going uphill - hopefully !! I sent them back to the US shop where they have been bought (following indications of the portuguese Kooka representative at the time) but i never received any answer (letter, fax, nope...). I still keep some photos of the offending stuff. Although this might not be of Kooka´s fault i have to say that i won´t trust Kooka products any more. I now run the same bike with a pair of Shimano LX compact cranks on a TNT Ti BB and i´m quite happy with it.

[Mar 19, 1998]
Mike
weekend warrior

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5
VALUE
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I have had the forged cranks for a few months and they have been great. They are very stiff, quiet, and look good. The rings are very tough and shift well once set up properly. I weigh only 135# and could not imagine breaking these things. I'm light, but they have alreay handled some pretty nast crashes with no problems, and I have yet to bend a tooth. I cant say that for my last two cranksets.

[Jul 15, 1997]
mike
downhiller

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5
VALUE
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These cranks are great! They are stiff and strong. The best thing about them is
the company they come from. If you are able to break the cranks (very few of the
new ones have broken) Kooka will send you new ones within two weeks. The only problem
I have with them is that the powder coat is not very durable but that could be
common with all powder coated cranks.

[Mar 11, 1996]
J. Kent
downhiller

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1
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My Kooka cranks cracked when I started quickly from a stop sign. I hate to think what might have happened coming off a jump. If you weigh 180 lbs. forget these cranks.

[Mar 24, 1996]
Keith Wood
Norba racer

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1
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My friend stripped the threads out of the pedal hole. Not exactly a safe failure. Just say no to Kooka.

[Mar 28, 1996]
Scott
weekend warrior

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5
VALUE
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Previously, I had Shimano Deore DX cranks on my bike and had no desire to spend $200+ to reduce the small amount of flex that I was getting (or to lighten up the cranks by 1/2 lb). I won these Kooka's in a raffle, and I must say THEY ARE AWESOME! I have noticed absolutely NO flex in them ever, and they felt like they weighed 1/2 as much as the Deore DX cranks that I had before. I would highly recommend these to anyone who is thinking of spending the $ to get better cranks. I now have a newly developed appreciation for not having ANY flex in my cranks when I hammer down on them.

[Apr 03, 1996]
J. Daniel
cross-country rider

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2
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Kooka cranks...ah so beautiful, so shiny, so not very good. I'm now on my fourth set of Kooka cranks. No not because I love them so much, but because they keep developing problems. My first set of Kookas developed a really nasty creaking sound after about one week. After calling the company they admited a flaw and replaced the cranks with another pair. The second pair developed a different creaking sound. This time the creaking came from a three inch crack that developed from the pedal hole along the length of the arm to the spider. Kooka once again replaced the cranks for me. Two months later my third set of Kookas developed the same hairline crack, and were replaced. This time they sent me a pair of downhill cranks which are a little less machined, and perhaps a bit stronger. IT's not as though I'm truly heavy (165 soaking wet) or a thrasher. I do ride a lot and race as well, but I feel a $200 crank should at least last one season without crumbling. On a positive note the cranks do perfom well with little flex and they are very nice to look at. Kooka also seems to have a great customer service thing going on and the warranty is unbelievable. So in a nutshell... the durability sucks, but as long as you have another set of cranks to run while the broken ones are being replaced, you should have years of trouble free spinning.

[Feb 29, 1996]
Claes

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3
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Nice finish, looks cool but way flexy for my weight(75kg). No low profile for -95 models.

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