- Middleburn external cranks due in this week!
so what sets them above, lets say some xt cranks?
They're made in the UK, so you're supporting the british manufacturing industry. Worth paying a bit extra for IMO, even if the quality is no better. I do work for a british manufacturing company, so this may colour my opinions slightly.Posted 8 years agoJRTGMember
I love their cranks and supporting this company that's producing amazing tech at a fraction of the budget the big boys have is no mean feat.
Been using them for around 10 years and they still look soooooooooooo nice. I wonder if most people know that their duo cranks came out such a long time ago, way before sram?.
Surely they are not niche just bloody good, after all niche is jut a new term for not mainstream? besides its horses for courses, I love the variation and choice we have at the moment, oh actually please don't buy them as I want a set and they always seem to sell out due to demand!Posted 8 years agorobdobMember
Nicheness. Nothing else.
I have to disagree. Middleburn cranks are one of the few things I would buy over basic shimano stuff. They just last forever! Hopefully these could be as good as their square taper cranks – I've known one set of those go for over a decade and still look brand new.Posted 8 years ago
I would love some MB cranks and a Royce BB, just real quality stuff you can depend on.dangerousbeansMember
Middleburn square taper are/were much better than any Shimano offering in terms of longevity.
Also warranty is brilliant, had a set fail after 9 years of heavy use, emailed Middleburn who said ' send em back and we'll stick replacements in the post'.
It seems that lifetime warranty means just that to these guys.Posted 8 years agowoodsmanMember
I'll be watching these with interest, the external BB means that I don't have to faff around with different bb axle lenths to get the chainline for my Rohloff. I really wouldn't go Shimano after the cracks that appear in all the slx chainsets I've looked at.
I like the idea of fitting a CK bb too.
Obviously affording those two options is another matter – a wish list more like it! 🙂Posted 8 years agomick_rSubscriber
The Middleburns are made from forged blanks so shouldn't have CNC from billet type fatigue problems.
Whilst fiddling with mrs' singlespeed the other week, I did some "interesting" crank weighing. We use sq taper on everything, and she has some 4 arm Altus cranks (bin the steel ramped rings and then fit ss ring of your choice). Cranks are nice enough but quite heavy. Still looks like a forging to me, but on the kitchen scales they were a LOT heavier than 4 arm shimano cranks produced before HTII. Also significantly heavier than almost any old Shimano 5 arm crank I could find (from Exage right through to XT). Hmmm – how come Shimano sq taper cranks suddenly got much porkier once they need to justify the existence of something new?Posted 8 years ago
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