Shimano Alivio Crankset

2.63/5 (73 Reviews)
MSRP : $54.99


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Product Description

Shimano's Alivio crankset features a full complement of advancedShimano functions. Fits 68/73mm bottom bracket shellsUses squareTaper bottom bracket (not included)26/36/48Tooth combination Recommended bottom bracket spindle length - 113mm Includes chainrings, arms and guard


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Cameron

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2013

Strengths:    Good looks

Weaknesses:    Wallowed out after only 2 rides! Now the left crank arm loosens after 5 mins of granny pedalling, not happy!! Don't be deceived by its chunky rugged looks it is far from that!

Bottom Line:   
Don't waste your money

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by roycefromrc a Weekend Warrior from rapid city,south dakota,USA

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2012

Strengths:    stiff,shimano quality splined interface

Weaknesses:    heavy,cheap looking due to their hefty size.

Bottom Line:   
they came on my new bike.im sure with shimano backing them theyll never break,will last forever and with their. bullet proof designe they may be a bit heavy but about as stiff as my old race face with square taper interface.for the price i give them 5 chillies and 4 over all,but a cool factor of 2.

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Favorite Trail:   centennial

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   shimano lx,xt ,race face ,sugino

Bike Setup:   upgraded specialized rockhopper comp 29er

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Drakken_11 a Weekend Warrior from Drakken_11

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2009

Strengths:    Matches my Rear Derailer

Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
I think I got overcharged for this. I just saw the MSRP and looked up on CBO. They had it for $39.95. WhatTheHell! I paid $60. I think I am going to take it back. Still in the box. Never used. Glad I didn't install it yet.

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Favorite Trail:   Warriors Path

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Piney Flats Bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Crankset


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by RC a Weekend Warrior from Lancaster, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2009

Strengths:    Cheap, somewhat functional

Weaknesses:    Weak, low-quality, only somewhat functional

Bottom Line:   
You get what you pay for, and you won't pay much for these cranks. If you're broke and/or do slow easy rides on beach boardwalks, then they are adequate. If you want cranks that can do anything more than that, get something better.

They were stock on my bike, so I used them. I do mostly mountain riding on smooth roads and trails; no hard impacts, g-outs, or drops at all. Despite that, the left crank arm still managed to fatigue and break completely off above the spindle while I was pedaling, the jagged stub of which slashed the back of my leg quite handily. They had been creaking and slowly self-loosening for years prior to that.

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Favorite Trail:   XC

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Suntour, Sugino

Bike Setup:   Factory GT Backwoods hardframe.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by swanny81 a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2008

Strengths:    Price

Weaknesses:    Strength
Design
Weight
Square taper


Bottom Line:   
Used these cranks for a little while, approx 3 or 4 months.

They look reasonable, and you can pick them up for next to nothing, but Id very, very, VERY strongly recommend that you steer well clear of them.

The crank arm and spider that bolts to the chainrings is, for some ridiculous reason, not one piece. As such, mine has come loose so the chainrings have free play relative to the crank, and this has stretched my chain (and obviously means the cranks are 100% stuffed).

For reference I am not especially heavy - I weight 75kg, and whilst Im reasonably tough on cranks, I havent done *any* notable drops (2ft at absolute most?) on this bike - pretty well exclusively cross country riding.

The design is a massive flaw, and they really arent worth bothering with. Even for a casual rider, spend a little more and get something that will last indefinitely. These are utter junk.

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Favorite Trail:   All

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Cheap, low-end Truvativ cranks

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 70 with a few bits and pieces

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sinisa Kovac a Cross Country Rider from Osijek, Croatia

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2007

Strengths:    Cheap, reliable, looks OK.

Weaknesses:    Little heavy, teeth worn out after a year of hard riding.

Bottom Line:   
Its a good, entery level, inexpensive crankset for XC riding. Yeah it is a little heavy, but for the money what can you expect? Mine never left me out and i did whit Alivio more than 4000km.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Volf servis

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey comp crank, shimano XT Hollowtech II

Bike Setup:   04 GT Avalanche 2.0

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2007

Strengths:    Did the job of what a crankset is supposed to do.

Weaknesses:    Chainrings can not be removed/swapped for other chainrings, Rings are in a smaller tooth size then the usual 44/32/22, Weight a little heavy.

Bottom Line:   
These were a good stock item on my 1996 GT Ricochet, but they were a liltte heavy, inexpensive crankset as you could not swap-out the chainrings, gear ratios were a little smaller at 42/32/22 & I needed to buy a $15 Park crank puller to remove and then install a Sugino 44/32/22.
Bottom Line: Good for 1yr until I started to do 80-120km roundtrip rides.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Stock on my 1996 GT Ricochet

Similar Products Used:   Whatever came on my 1994 Raleigh Matterhorn, Sugino 44/32/22 crankset (replaced my Shimano Alivio) and my Bontrager Comp. 44/32/22 crankset that came stock on my 2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disk.

Bike Setup:   1996 GT Ricochet.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Anthony willetts a Weekend Warrior from bunbury

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2006

Strengths:    Cheap, fairly stiff and look cool

Weaknesses:    not very strong in either the pedal thread or BB connection

Bottom Line:   
these crank lasted me about 2 weeks before they started breaking, first it was just a case of the square hole at the BB conection wearing out and the bolt consistantly soming loose then after presoviering with that for a couple of months and having to replace the BB the pedal thread on the driveside crank gave way and stripped out! ofcourse i used these cranks for a few jumps/drops which wasnt very smart but if you need sum cranks that can take it, go sumthing a bit stronger!

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Leonard

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came With Bike

Similar Products Used:   RPM, Shimmano Hollowtech, Truvativ ISOflow, Truvativ Hussefelt

Bike Setup:   Shogun Floater, Truvativ hussefelt cranks, Gigapipe BB, Alex DM18 rims, Suntour XCR forks

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris McKendry a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2005

Strengths:    Lasted 5500 KM of on-off road use. I heavy rider at 98Kg but these cranks lasted well throughout that time. I am only replacing them now with the new look 2005 Shimano Alivio cranks because the chain stretched thus ruining most of the drivetrain componets. However for the money, cant go wrong.
2005 Alivio looks good.


Weaknesses:    The weight is quite heavy at around 1kg but then again its a relatively cheap crank.

Bottom Line:   
I believe its a very good crank for the money. Having riden around 5000km with these cranks i have the testing behind it to say they are worthy of using.

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Favorite Trail:   Woodlands National Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Cecil Walker Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Suntour

Bike Setup:   2001 Giant Iguana SE, Deore running gear

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Hui Chuen Chuang a Cross Country Rider from Penang, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2005

Strengths:    cheap...

Weaknesses:    cannot withstand jumps...heavy...doesn't look good

Bottom Line:   
cheap to buy but not satisfying...

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   cane with bike

Similar Products Used:   Deore

Bike Setup:   2005 trek fuel 70, manitou axel comp, rock shox bar

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Grant a Weekend Warrior from Whitehouse Station, NJ

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2004

Bottom Line:   
this came on my bike when i bought it 100 years ago in 1997. they seemed fine till they broke. unfortunatly i was poor at the time, just like now, and replaced them with teh same thing but they have held out thus far. i'll give them 3 for value because they aren't the absolute worst, but only 2 overall because i wasn't doing anything very rough when they broke.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   gt tempest frame, Indy XC, STX shifters, Decore rear mech, decore Vs, some cheap light bars, everything else crappy stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sam a Weekend Warrior from perth, western australia

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2004

Strengths:    ....was ok while it lasted....looks ok

Weaknesses:    pretty flexible, not very strong

Bottom Line:   
crank seemed ok at first. im fairly heavy - ~95kg (190pounds) and it didnt seem to flex too much for a cheaper crank. started doing some drops and it started to bend. first bent at about 1m (only a little) and then bent heaps over a 1.5m drop onto grass...was only 3wks old. no good if youre heavy and do relatively hard riding

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Favorite Trail:   john forrest/mundaring

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   truvativ hussefelt, entry level truvativ, ac forged

Bike Setup:   avanti montari + rhino mammoth rims + truvatuv hussefelt dh cranks & gigapipe dh crank etc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rubén García a Cross Country Rider from Madrid (Spain)

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2004

Strengths:    Price, looks, rigidity

Weaknesses:    Weight…really heavy

Bottom Line:   
I am very pleased with them; they are an effective component, with a good compromise between rigidity and shift effectiveness. With the Shimano STX RC I had never a shift problem. The have done their work.

I’m a bit heavy, 75 Kilos; nevertheless I don’t have problems with their rigidity, even by powerful climbing.

For me, they have only a weak point, they are very heavy, around 900 grams. For me it is the only reason to change them. Highly recommendable, four flaming chillies for them.

Sorry for the writing mistakes!

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Favorite Trail:   Every XC

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Zweirad Staedler Nurnberg

Similar Products Used:   Some Taiwan Crap, Old LX, Acera and Deore

Bike Setup:   My old self-made Chromoly Tange bike, with a mix of Shimano Alivio, STX-RC and Deore

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Lexa Doig a Cross Country Rider from Philippines

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2004

Strengths:    Will probably make a good defensive weapon

Weaknesses:    Everything

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy this crankset! Heavy heavy heavy! Poor styling, poor design, crank/spider is not 1-piece typical shimano crap crank.

Here's a tip, Get Sugino Impel Cranksets! They're not trick... but have a utilitarian beauty. Most of all you can't go wrong with them!

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Favorite Trail:   Slipstream

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Specialized cranks, hollowtech cranks, sugino cranks, altus crap cranks, etc

Bike Setup:   Alu hardbutt, deore alivio sugino RST blah blah blah

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dan a Cross Country Rider from London

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2003

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    Heavy, Bends

Bottom Line:   
This crank came as standard on a bike setup with a good frame and cheap components. The Crank Lived happily through 2 years of very light use but recently its taken some reasonable XC riding. The result is the middle ring bending under peadling pressure, with one symptom being it now changes to the big ring on its own. I will try and hammer it back, but at the end of the day its lasted thtough only 200 miles of real use

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Favorite Trail:   Redlands

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Leeds UK

Similar Products Used:   Deore DX, Mountain LX

Bike Setup:   Orange Gringo, Manitou Black Comp

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