Kooka Cross-Country Crankset Crankset

4.42/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $159.00


Product Description

  • Forged 1 Piece
  • 7149 Aluminum Alloy
  • Fits 110mm and 113mm spindles
  • 110/74 & 94/58 Bolt Patterns
  • 440 grams/pair
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Sizes: 170mm, 175mm, 180mm


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    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by al a Cross Country Rider from Dallas

    Date Reviewed: June 7, 2006

    Strengths:    cool looking
    stiff
    ummm,, what else should a crank be??


    Weaknesses:    early non-forged models had that bad reputation....

    Bottom Line:   
    I've had 2, used 3 years each. First was the non-forged standard version that got the rep for breaking and sticking into your calf. Mine never broke or even creaked, but then i got a set of the "bonnie" forged cranks on close-out. I have cumulative maybe 40,000 miles on the 2 sets of cranks. No issues, stiff!! looks cool, stiff!! Fairly rare, not many folks have them, gets lots of looks and comments, very functional. Square taper, but i am unsold on the execution of the ISIS standard, though the concept is good.
    If you can find a set, buy it!!

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Ninko Doornbos a Racer from Netherlands

    Date Reviewed: April 20, 2006

    Strengths:    They're feeling really stiff, like transporting all of your power directly to your bracket. 175 mm, 32/42 tooth chainrings, square taper. I'm riding it in a Specialized stumpjumper frame with a 107mm XTR bracket and it has a very low q-factor and a very narrow chainline.

    Weaknesses:    Haven't found a weakness yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    I hope they will last long, they ride perfect but I've heard that they aren't the strongest one you can have. I've heard that they can break at the square taper place. But I don't hope so because they ride superb. I have a set blue ones with Red spider.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized strongarm S-works square taper cranks and Tune Bigfoot.

    Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper frame, kooka cranks, XTR bracket, Chris King Wheels/headset, Avid Single digit Ti levers and brakes, eggbeater Ti pedals, Sram X.O.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Shamus Yandle a Cross Country Rider from Roswell, GA

    Date Reviewed: September 29, 2004

    Strengths:    Super light!!!! Nice aluminum look. Both 170mm arms with Kooka 22/32/44 rings weighed roughly 620-630grams.

    Weaknesses:    None so far

    Bottom Line:   
    These cranks rock! Super light weighing 620-630 grams with both 170mm arms and Kooka rings! Haven't had any problems with these cranks breaking or anything, but I do only weigh 150lbs. I bought the bike used two years ago with these cranks on it. Who knows how long they have been ridden on before me.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   bought a used bike with them on it

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Currently building a bike with these cranks...It going to be a Ellsworth Isis with a Manitou Minute 2 100mm front fork, Avid Arch Rival brakes, Mavic wheels, XT front derailleur and XTR rear derailleur, XT shifter pods and Avid levers.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Earthfoote a Cross Country Rider from Oklahoma

    Date Reviewed: June 27, 2004

    Strengths:    Superlight and stiff, lotsa flash appeal

    Weaknesses:    Broke! Other than that, they were fantastic!

    Bottom Line:   
    These cranks came to me with the purchase of a used bike from a friend in Arizona who rides quite a bit. He had them on the bike for a long time, putting Ti rings on them, too! I loved them...very stiff, even when I mashed my way up hills. Coming out of some rollerbacks on an old abandoned moto trail, the left arm split on me. No warning sounds or other signs on previous rides. Can you say DISmount!!! It split at the square taper (both sides of the hole) and continued laterally up the arm nearly to the pedal threads. Oh well....stuff happens. I hate to see these die, but I replaced them with some blue Truvativ Stylo Team SLs and a new bb. So far, the Truvativ seem to actually shift better and are at least as stiff if not more. The Kooka's were great, though. Too bad they went belly-up or I'd have just gotten a left arm.

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    Favorite Trail:   The road less-travelled

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1.00

    Purchased At:   unknown

    Similar Products Used:   Truvative Team Stylo, Deore XT, road cranks

    Bike Setup:   GT LTS All Terra Comp, Specialized Rock Shox Judy FSX carbon, Deore XT, Gripshift XRay

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Doug Gangi a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix, AZ

    Date Reviewed: August 30, 2003

    Strengths:    Incredibly stiff, look so cool, extremely durable

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    These cranks have been fantastic. They have taken all sorts of abuse over the 5 years I have ridden them and they have never complained - no squeaks, groans, or loosening up. This is one of the "use it and forget about it" components on my bike, just like any crank arms should be. Is Kooka still in business? Because if they are, I would buy another set for my new bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   Trail 100 - Phoenix Mtn Preserve

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Came with bike

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT

    Bike Setup:   '98 Trek 8000 hardtail, XT drivetrain

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Bill a Cross Country Rider from Virginia

    Date Reviewed: July 2, 2003

    Strengths:    Good Cranks

    Weaknesses:    Only works with 8sp chains

    Bottom Line:   
    Just "upgraded" from 8sp to 9sp system and had a problem where the 9sp XTR chain, as well as 9sp Sachs chain would get lodged between the big and middle ring causing bad chain suck. Took them off and compared the thickness of the chain ring tabs that the chain ring bolts pass through and it is about 3/16 inch thicker than those on a pair of Race Face turbine LP cranks.

    Bottom line...great cranks for use with 8sp chains, bad cranks for use with 9sp chains.

    I will be using the almighty Dremel on them to try to fix this problem...

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Race Face , Shimano

    Bike Setup:   RaceFace rings

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Dave Ramey a Weekend Warrior from Saskatoon

    Date Reviewed: April 17, 2003

    Strengths:    This crank looks (looked) great and stands out from the crowd. No flex detectable.

    Weaknesses:    The damn thing snapped!! In town, pulling away from a traffic light, the left arm snapped clean off about 2 cm above the bottom bracket. I was standing, pushing hard at the time, crashed bad, almost broke my ankle on the broken end.Took weeks to heal up. Now can't find the company, so big bucks down the drain. The crank was about 3 years old when it snapped, but that doesn't seem old to me, obviously it was flawed from the factory.

    Bottom Line:   
    I loved this crank right up until it broke. I'm still using the right arm with a mismatched XT arm on the other side. The TNT has since become my commuter bike and I never worry about the strength of that arm. However, I paid way,way too much, never thinking that Kooka would tank. If I found another one in the box somewhere, I wouldn't hesitate to use it as long as it was damn cheap. But, beware, if mine snapped, yours could also.

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    Favorite Trail:   not telling

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Cove Bike Shop, Vancouver

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, Bontrager Race, Coda

    Bike Setup:   This crank was on a Norco TNT, full XT except for cranks and red SID. IRC Mythos, Mavic rims, Syncros post, Flite seat, Control Tech stem

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Steven a Cross Country Rider from Rutland, VT

    Date Reviewed: March 20, 2003

    Strengths:    Beautiful. I've had mine what feels like forever, ~8+yrs. They just keep going and going and....

    Weaknesses:    None. They were a little pricey when they first hit the market.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great cranks. Lightweight and strength in one package.

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    Favorite Trail:   It doesn't have a name

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $175.00

    Purchased At:   Cycle Outfitters (Indianapolis, IN)

    Similar Products Used:   Sims Lightening, Truvativ Stylo, Shimano XT

    Bike Setup:   Kona Caldera(steel), SID, Spinergy Rev-X(bring 'em back!), SRAM 9.0 Rr derailer & XRay 8sp shifters.....

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Frank Howard from Chicago

    Date Reviewed: December 30, 2002

    Strengths:    Forged one piece construction eliminates the problems of the previous CNC 2 piece cranks. On a par with RF Turbines

    Weaknesses:    Kooka is out of business

    Bottom Line:   
    I got great cranks for the piece. Unfortunately they are hard to find as Kooka seems to have gone belly up. Though they are heavier than the previous CNC'ed Kookas they are stronger and should last long a long time.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $49.00

    Purchased At:   airbomb

    Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ryder drumm a Cross Country Rider from pasadena, ca, usa

    Date Reviewed: November 6, 2002

    Strengths:    Apart from being light, strong and great kranks, they come in tons of colors and they look sweet. Their price has come down quite a bit since I bought them, I didnt buy them retail but through a friend in the industry.

    Weaknesses:    In six years of riding all kinds of trails and conditions these kranks have never let me down. I bent one arm on the spider in Mammoth but everyone seems to break something there.

    Bottom Line:   
    Go out and buy em. They last forever and if you have a major problem Kooka will most likely replace them for you. They replaced my spider free of charge and polished them up for me.

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    Favorite Trail:   angeles crest firetrails

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   Kooka factory

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XTR, Race Face, FSA, Cook Bros

    Bike Setup:   Foes Fab FXC, full XTR, Fox Vanilla and Float

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Rick Bensyl a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, GA

    Date Reviewed: September 25, 2002

    Strengths:    Excellent product with attractive design, easily replaceable spider, shifts well and also very light.

    Weaknesses:    None. I've had these for several years and they have never let me down. They are also not seen on "every" bike out there. I get many compliments on the trail from others who like the way they look.I weigh 175 lbs- no noticeable flex.

    Bottom Line:   
    A great product that I am happy to have discovered. I wanted an attractive lightweight crankset and was initially concerned about long term durability but they have been awesome!

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    Favorite Trail:   Any good singletrack

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $220.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX/XT/XTR

    Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude with Mavic 517 Ceramic rims, mostly XTR, Avid brakes.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jboy a Weekend Warrior from Gatineau

    Date Reviewed: July 24, 2002

    Strengths:    Great looking crank with the weight and strength all other 'boutique' cranks claim to posess. Shifting is at least as good as XT (that good!). No creaking, no flex, and they are surprisingly tough considering they are black and still look realy great after being punished...

    Weaknesses:    Epensive and rare. Maybe these are good things?

    Bottom Line:   
    These newer cranks offer performance in a light flashy package tht stands out from the Shimano throngs...

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   MTBR

    Similar Products Used:   XT and turbines.

    Bike Setup:   High end

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