Cranks – XT vs Zee plus running single ring
Eyeing up cranks for my forthcoming Rocket build. Want to run a single ring and probably a taco style chain device.
Zee looks good on price and comes with a single ring. XT a bit pricier and only come as double or triple yes?
If I wanted to run XT as a single, would I need to convert from the double or triple?
What’s Zee like on weight and strength?
Any other crank options for this type of set up I should look at around the XT price point?Posted 4 years agomattjgSubscriber
For the XT, get a triple and use the middle position with either a set of shorter chainring bolts (as you’ll have no outside ring) or a bashguard in place of the big ring. Also get a “singlespeed” style ring, ie one designed to retain the chain, not with ramps intended to throw it off.
Don’t know nuffink about ‘Zee’.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks everyone so far.
lornholio – after 12 years running 1 x whatever don’t think I’m going to worry about the ability to run a granny.
remoterob – looked at SLX, but I’m really shallow and want black cranks – guess I’ll need some heli tape…
steve_b77 – any idea whether a 34T would run on there OK?Posted 4 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
I now have Zee cranks on my Soul – I was offended by the price I’d be paying for an unused BB and chain rings with other Shimano choices so thought I’d give them a go. From what I can see they’re basically Deore arms with a stiffer stronger axle and 1x only. They are far stiffer than the Truvativ Stylo I had before (originally off my Boardman HT Pro 2010), to a shocking degree. I didn’t expect to notice any difference, especially on a relatively skinny steel frame, but it was blindingly obvious just sprinting up and down my road, and again on the trails last night (again, on the sprinty bits).
I don’t know how heavy they are but my gnarlified Soul is now up to 26.8lbs, from 26.5lbs, and since then it’s also gained a steel 10mm thru-axle, a UST rear tyre and the transmission’s gone Saint/Zee with Works XXI-style 34t and XT cassette from X9 with Hope 32t and SLX cassette.Posted 4 years agoandylMember
The Zee are pretty much Deore but with reinforced pedal inserts, no holes for the granny ring and a much more expensive looking finish (and possibly shot peened for better fatigue).
Unless you know you need the extra strength I’d be tempted to buy a set of 10 speed Deore cranks from Rose and sell the rings (as they are the same as 10 speed SLX) and buy a new middle ring.Posted 4 years ago
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