Syncros Cold-forged Aluminium Older Cranks

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Cold-forged Aluminium

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 05, 2003]
aaron twemlow
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Nice and stiff
no problem with flex considering I ride a surly S.S on the hills for racing and fun rides.

Weakness:

Interesting to hear about the breaks because I thrash my singlespeed when I race it and I way about 180lbs. I need stiff cranks for my Surly to get power down.. no problems so far.

Light and STRONG!!!!

Similar Products Used:

Race Face turbine One of the best.

[Mar 01, 2002]
Brian Mckie
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Weight, looks, reputation

Weakness:

The alloy chainring bolts on the granny ring loosen without warning(Syncros rings and bolts used)Threadlock needed.

Good cranks but to be honest no better than Shimano XT or LX even in the performance stakes.Splined certainly seems like the way forward.

Similar Products Used:

none

[Sep 17, 2001]
Paul T
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Look great and very light. Nice shifting responce with Shimano setup.

Weakness:

Snapped!!!!!!!

They are fine for weekend kicking around but for prolonged hard use, forget it if you are over 150lbs. I'm only 170 and these thing snapped like they were made from wood or something! I should be thankful that I wasn't run over!!

Anyway, bought some Raceface arms and they are "Way" stiffer and more responcive.

Similar Products Used:

White Bros. and Raceface

[May 17, 2000]
GZA
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff, light enough, not a single creak from the day I installed them - not bad for a geezer scaling in at 200lbs. Threads robust and chased. Not many around!

Weakness:

They look kinda sruffy after a few english winters - they are not anodised, so they could be re-polished if you have that much spare time!

fit, forget and ride

Similar Products Used:

cook bros e-crank (creak-a-thon) tioga revolvers (split in two) Xt (noodles)

[Apr 12, 2001]
Jason
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Very stiff considering the width of the arms. Nice finish. BUT...see below

Weakness:

SNAPPED. Right along the "O" where the Syncros logo is forged into the drive-side arm.

Bottom line is I didn't die, so that's good. I snapped em in a VERY busy intersection just getting the jump on a green light. No epic huck off a cliff, no North Shore style bad ass trick. Just ridin along. And luckily I have a good LBS that handled the warranty for me...GT bought Syncros awhile back so getting a reply out of them was impossible. They lasted awhile but broke with out warning...beware. Coulda been a 5 rating for light weight and stiffness but the snapping makes it a 3...

Similar Products Used:

too many to list

[May 10, 2001]
Chris Burdick
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

looks good, strong

Weakness:

Kinda pricey

Nice cranks. I push 200 lbs during the bike season and I have had zero problems with these puppies. I'm suprised to hear that someone snapped 'em since I have beat on them a lot and have had no problems. Too bad Syncros doesn't make 'em any more. 3 road rash for bein' kinda pricey, 5 road rash for stiffnes and killer looks

Similar Products Used:

Cook bros, shimano

[Feb 24, 2000]
Team Sheep

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Touchey, shiney, feely, oh, and light

Weakness:

Dunno?

Nice. These cranks are really shiny, and light. I just love how shiny they are. I love shiny things.

Seriously, I've been using these for a while now, and they are really good, suprisingly stiff, very light, and they stay shiny.

Well worth the price, a very underlooked crank. Buy one, spent the rest of the day polishing...

Similar Products Used:

Campag' Record OR. ShimaNO XTR etc...

[Jul 23, 2002]
Ian Hayward
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Shiny,Stiff

Weakness:

18/07/02 left hand crank snapped as I pulled away from traffic lights, I was lucky not to be run over. The break occured precisely half way where the crank 'kinks' back straight before it reaches pedal and exactly along the upright of the engraved 'y' in syncros. I think that the engraving creates a stress riser which combined with the stiffness of the material and the fact that the cranks are not anodised to prevent corrosion makes for a design susceptible to breakage. I would strongly advise against buying these and recommend if you own them to at least have them examined if not binned, not easy I know if you've paid out for expensive gear but your life may be on the line.

Avoid

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Strongarm, and 19 years of racing on Campag products without a single crank breakage before the syncros episode!

[Jun 27, 2002]
brian

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Still looking good after a year and a half of abuse.No Flex,Light.

Weakness:

Costly for having something different.

To be fair I like them a lot.they were expensive and they don`t really offer much more in performance terms than XT but hey! I can change the rings when its needed and i`ll still ahve a cool ,light strong chainset.

Similar Products Used:

many

[Nov 04, 1998]
Joe
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

I just received this piece of bike candy from the good offices of Steve Ramirez at BikeWorld yesterday. Pimpy! was the first word uttered when I pulled these shiny babies out of the FedEx box. The next hour was spent running my fingers over the gleaming hand-polished surfaces, admiring the indelible syncros logo that's forged onto the crank-arm and looking at my own reflected image.I guess there's a visual and tactile appeal to these Crankset that's not quite present in the industrial-chic look of XTR and Raceface. It's almost... almost... sexy.According to the marketing puff, these Crankset are near-net forged, meaning (cold) forged close to its final shape. Then they are CNC'd on the side of te arms and on some parts of the spider to arrive at the final shape. Finally hand-polished to a mirror-finish, that, I suspect, will disappear on my first ride. (I'm taking photos of them before then!)444g for the 175mm arms without chainring bolts or chainrings. Lighter than the advertised 465g. They come with the granny chainring bolts only. No crank arm bolts either. Dura-Ace middle and big ring bolts are an additional 11g, old-style XTR Ti crank bolts are 20g per pair (Dura-Ace only 18g). BCD is 5-arm hyperdrive-C compatible (98/54mm or something).5 chillies for aesthetics. No grading for functionality yet, so 4 chillies for now.

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