Shimano FC-M960 Crankset

5/5 (6 Reviews)
Weight : 797 grams


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Product Description

  • 4-Arm Chainring
  • Super Narrow HG Chain
  • Forged aluminum/ hollow type Crank Arms
  • Hollowtech crank arm construction
  • Hollowtech II Crankset design


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jrp227 a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA USA

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2011

Strengths:    Stiff, light, q-factor, great rings, awesome for years up until that one day...

Weaknesses:    Non-drive side broke off one sunny afternoon on a hard pedal stroke about 1.5" from the pedal spindle. I am a reasonably large person, and it broke on my singlespeed, but it felt so darn strong all those years that I was quite surprised and a little freaked out when it happened.

Bottom Line:   
Bike parts break. This one owes me nothing. Great crankset, but I'd be interested if anyone else has heard of the 960 breaking. Or if anyone else has a spare non-drive 175mm they're willing to part with. Hard to find these days.

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Favorite Trail:   Eh.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   LBO

Similar Products Used:   Various Shimano, Sram, Bontrager, etc.

Bike Setup:   Many bikes wore this piece before it finally gave up.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DianeWong a Cross Country Rider from Poway,CA,USA

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2010

Strengths:    Beautiful,light,and strong

Weaknesses:    After six years of hard use,these cranks show signs of wear!

Bottom Line:   
I must give credit where it is due. Over six years,and four thousand hard ridden miles later it is still going strong. The chain rings look used,but my drietrain is shifting,and working perfectly.If you enjoy high quality functional bike parts, My advice is to pick up one of these if you can.

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Favorite Trail:   all of them

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   LX, XT

Bike Setup:   Originally on my '04 Titus Switchblade, now switched to my new '09 Titus FTM

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Almeida11 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2010

Strengths:    Light, stiff, strong and looks great!

Weaknesses:    Chain rings sound expensive but I haven't had to replace mine yet.

Bottom Line:   
I picked this up brand new at my LBS and just like all the other riders reviews said, it does feel like you can push an extra gear out of this crank! Extremely stiff and smooth, and very responsive! I had the stock strong arm II on the bike prior to this and I can't compare. XTR has yet again impressed me, I had no doubt though! 5 chili's for value compared to the M970 ($450 - $600) and 5 chili's overall cause I cannot express how good this crank really is. Buy it if you can find it!

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Favorite Trail:   Lemoine's Point

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   XTR M970, XT 770

Bike Setup:   O3' Specialized FSR XC, XTR M970 components all the way around, Mavic crossride UB Rims, Thomson stem and post... she's a beauty.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TTTURNER a Cross Country Rider from La Quinta/Idyllwild, CA

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2009

Strengths:    Stiffest, smoothest, and one of the lightest

Weaknesses:    Replacement rings are way too expensive!

Bottom Line:   
Pay the extra money. You will feel like you can push an extra gear because of the responsive feel.

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Favorite Trail:   Buhoff

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   All

Bike Setup:   Turner Flux, Fox/Push front and rear, XTR, Mavic SL Disc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zachariah a Cross Country Rider from Palm Desert, California USA

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2009

Strengths:    Stiff, light, looks absolutely BOSS. Mine weighed only 791g complete, with BB.

Weaknesses:    Chainring options are non-existant...except for Blackburn/Middleburn replacements. Cannot add 29t middle ring (2x9)due to limited BCD. Finish scratches away too easily.

Bottom Line:   
One turn of the cranks, and you will notice direct, linear power transfer immediately. Stand on the pedals, and FEEL a surge of torque and acceleration, as you rocket past the competition. Not even the M960s successor, the FC-M970 can offer this sensation(close, though).

After trying two carbon models(see above), I have concluded that the stiffness, weight and overall durability is superior to uber-expensive carbon cranksets.

Get it- if you can still find them!

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Favorite Trail:   Hurkey Creek Park(24 Hours Adrenalin Course)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   FSA K-Force Light carbon, Truvativ Noir. XTR M970.

Bike Setup:   19-pound Cannondale XC race hardtail.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin Armer a Cross Country Rider from Prescott, AZ

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2007

Strengths:    Super Light, Super Stiff, Super Silent, Spot on shifts.

Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
XTR is XTR, it speaks for itself. These cranks are exactly what you'd expect from a top of the line crankset. They are so stiff and smooth they feel like they are helping you pedal. I would be impressed but that would be like being impressed by how well a Ferrari drives, you kinda expect it. I give them highest value chili becasue you can't put a price on ultimate performance.

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Favorite Trail:   307 loop

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came on Bike

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race, XT, LX

Bike Setup:   '04 Specialized S-Works Epic. Full XTR

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