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Old 07-02-2020, 09:26 AM
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Shorter Cranks

I am wondering if anyone has gone. to shorter cranks?
I am currently on 172.5's and am thinking of trying 165's. has anyone done this?.
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Old 07-03-2020, 04:03 PM
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Why not try some 170's first? 7.5mm is a big change, relatively speaking.
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Old 07-03-2020, 05:46 PM
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I don't know what qualifies as shorter. I went from 172.5 to 175 to 180 to 175 and now 170. I'm happy with the 170 but would like to try 172.5 again. I think the proper crank length is the size you can pedal a full, smooth circle with only one foot clipped in.
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Old 07-04-2020, 12:32 AM
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I used to ride 175 and 172.5 without giving it a second thought. Relatively shorter 30" inseam--I eventually went to 170 (which are usually readily available regardless of make). I finally tried a 165 a few years ago (hard as heck to find in a Dura Ace FC-7700 variant), and now prefer that length--I even got to raise the seatpost slightly.

Sadly, 165's a usually really difficult to find, especially the higher-end ones (dura ace, sram red, campy record).
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Old 07-04-2020, 05:42 PM
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Shorter cranks

How tall are you and what is saddle height?
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Old 07-04-2020, 09:30 PM
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campy 165s is like the holy grail...dont know if they even make em?

i went from 175 to 165. big jump but my hips, ass, and knees will never let me ride anything else.

fwiw, im 5' 7". slightly longer torso area compared to legs. 31x30 pants size.

saddle height: 703mm

do it, youll like it
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Old 07-05-2020, 09:10 AM
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campy 165s is like the holy grail...dont know if they even make em?

i went from 175 to 165. big jump but my hips, ass, and knees will never let me ride anything else.

fwiw, im 5' 7". slightly longer torso area compared to legs. 31x30 pants size.

saddle height: 703mm

do it, youll like it
I've seen some newer ones in 165? I tried to find 10sp record 165 and have turned up nothing. Getting my hands on 165 dura 7700's was really difficult. It seems like the major manufacturers have finally started embracing the demand for shorter cranks in the last 5 years or so...
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Old 10-28-2020, 06:13 PM
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campy 165s is like the holy grail...dont know if they even make em?

i went from 175 to 165. big jump but my hips, ass, and knees will never let me ride anything else.

fwiw, im 5' 7". slightly longer torso area compared to legs. 31x30 pants size.

saddle height: 703mm

do it, youll like it
I'm the same measurements. I got 165 DA9100 cranks for my new Stoemper coming. I think it'll be more better than when I was riding 170 these past years. It was pretty hard to find. I luckily came across a used pair on eBay and paid around $350 for them. Just got to be on the look out constantly.
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Old 10-28-2020, 08:14 PM
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Another 165 user here. I went to 165 to allow me to get a more open hip angle while in the drops and it's been a fantastic swap. My Stinner has 170s and while the difference is small, it's enough to make me explore 165 options.
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Old 11-01-2020, 08:11 AM
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Went for shorter cranks and I'm sticking with them, much feel less fatigue for longer rides

Current generation Shimano and Rotor have cranks as short as 160mm
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Old 11-02-2020, 03:50 PM
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Loving my 165's and obsessively make an effort to keep them on all my road bikes and one MTB as well.

I can tell a difference....

one thing I'm noticing lately is that the campy q factor is slightly different... doesn't see like much on paper though. Campy vs SRAM/Shimano *shrug*
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Old 11-02-2020, 08:23 PM
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Another 165 vote here with 160mm on my tri bike.
Have regularly improved my spinning, my overall wattage including sprint efforts. Substantially less pain in knees. I think the bike industry is starting to catch on...
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Old 11-03-2020, 12:12 AM
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Another 165 user here. I went to 165 to allow me to get a more open hip angle while in the drops and it's been a fantastic swap. My Stinner has 170s and while the difference is small, it's enough to make me explore 165 options.
This is 100% why I'm moving to shorter cranks as well. Just bought the cranks and the left sided PM to actually give it a real go... Hopefully I can make some money back on parts if I end up sticking to it!

Hopefully it works. I've never ridden that short on a road bike before. I'm coming down from 172.5 I think I used to have 175s on my srm cranks in college.
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Old 11-03-2020, 12:21 AM
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Hello,

I have a 2019 Niner RLT that came with full Ultegra and 172 cranks.

I could not get comfortable and switched to 165 cranks and feel so much better after rides... I want 165 on my mountain bike and newly acquired Litespeed but need to save up.

Or wait for some great pricing that makes me pony up the money now

Iā€™m about 5ā€™10ā€ but with shorter legs

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Old 11-11-2020, 08:53 PM
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Swapping over to 165s on my road bike, down from 172.5

Going to put the 172.5s on my cross bike which currently has 175s.

Finally getting around to doing all of this
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