Indecisive! 2009 XTR crankset or Royce square taper + Middleburn?
I wonder wether peoples opinion is due to some liking alternatives to shimano i.e. "keep british" rather than functionality. I like to buy british but i do have XTR's as my experience with middleburn rings are that they are quote soft and wear out quicker. That said XTR replacement rings are stupidly expensive!
The XTR crank removal is just as easy as square tapers as you need a tool for both although I guess most people have splined/tapered crank pullers in their tool kit already rather than buying the shimano tool. Is the square taper BB less stiff than the XTR external cup and large axle system?Posted 8 years ago
I like MB sq taper.
I have a Phil Wood BB which not only lasts a very long time but is serviceable.
You can get hardcoat MB chain rings which are more durable
You can swap and change. 1×9, 2×9, change the rings for different tooth numbers. I ride 29er's so handy for this.
Never had an XTR, but run an XT set. I've heard XTR shifting is slick, but man, the cost of them just brings the question homePosted 8 years ago
Cheers guys. "Trail" was the best word I could find for "general riding around malarky"…ie not DH, not XC racing, but most stuff in between. I've used RF/Shimano/Truvativ external BBs before & generally like them (although the RF one didn't last long). Having not used square taper for quite some time, I'm not really sure if I'd notice the alleged stiffness difference. The price of replacement XTR rings is indeed scary as heck though, which is one thing preventing me pulling the trigger.Posted 8 years agoancMember
From a performance function point of view the xtr can't be beaten. With regards the chainrings, yes there stupid money but if you look after them you'll get 2 years useage easily. I was tipped off shimano prices were going to go through the roof, so bought a complete crankset for £200 last year(cheaper than buying the rings). Only just put it on after 2.5 years use out of the the first one. You can get aftermarket rings that will fit though 😉Posted 8 years agomtMember
Middleburn and Royce for me on several bikes including an MTB tandem. Great quality kit that last for years and years. Cliff is a pleasure to do business with, he sets the standard for being a nice chap and very helpful. If you order online from him there is a 10% discount.Posted 8 years agoSpeshpaulSubscriber
The other plus point about middleburn is that they are timeless. Next year this year XTR with be last years. Your Middleburns will be, well their new ones!
Personally i have issue's with a product that the manufacture can't fix their/product name to. What are they ashamed off:-)Posted 8 years agonjee20Subscriber
Personally i have issue's with a product that the manufacture can't fix their/product name to
So you'd rather companies never innovated and churned out exactly the same product for decades? What an exciting industry that would be!
Edit: and if you put helicopter tape on XTR cranks they stay looking perfect too.Posted 8 years agoconvertSubscriber
And the gullibility award goes to….Njee20!
Do you really think the R&D guys at Shimano are jumping up and down saying "this new crank/ mech/ widget is so flippin marvelous we must get it to market now – I can't see how anyone ever rode a bike before!"
I'm more of the school of thought that thinks the marketing guys are running the meeting and say "Oi, R&D grunts – we've gotta have a new crank/ mech/ widget out for next year. Don't use all your ideas or 'owt (not sure they speak like yorkshiremen in Japan), save them for next year. Make 'em just a little bit different – maybe a bit more black. I'll make up some bollox that sounds like you can't see how anyone ever rode a bike before!"Posted 8 years ago
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