The Saint M-810 Cransket isShimanos first purpose built wide range mountain bike double crankset, it is builtToTake a beating whether your riding onThe North Shore orThe French AlpsThis crankset will keep spinning. Hollowtech II Design: Increased strength by over 200%. Wide Range Double Gearing:The dual chainring crank is a purpose built 36 x 22 wide range double crankset. Compatible withThe Saint / SLX Double front derailleur. Longer BB Adapter Cups: New longer bottom bracket cups improve durab
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2009
Strengths: stiffer than any other crank i've ridden, spider WAS nice and true, great for bmx racing
Weaknesses: if spiders break you have one very expensive paper wieght (crashed mid pack in a race and two guy ran my bike over at full speed resulting in a bent spider....tried to bend it back and it snapped)
great cranks, already got another set, love them, stiff, strong, look mean, if the spider isnt hit too hard you'll be good, buy em'
Bike Setup: 2007 hyper assualt pro xxl, loaded with top race parts
a Weekend Warrior
from Mancland, England
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2008
Strengths: I actually cant remember when I bought the Saints (I think 4 or 5years ago when they first came out?). I also dont think about them much. They are there and they do what they are supposed to with no problems. I've been through a fair few BB's though.
Weaknesses: Severe heel rub on the driveside crank- possibly due to me running with my DX's totally screwed open though for maximum float
Fitted them myself with no prior knowledge- a true fit and forget crankset for heavier riders (bar the BB's bearings of course)
Bike Setup: Cona Cowan DS '07, Mavic 717 with Hope Pro hubs, R7 elite up front and Fox Float RP in the rear, BB7 disks.
from Shoreline, WA
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2007
Weaknesses: Non-drive fixing and pinch bolts.
I've had these for about a year now, and since July they have developed a delightful habit of losing the left side crank arm. This is very inconvenient at, say, Whistler or halfway down CBC. I have tried many things, replacing the lost fixing bolt with the aluminum one and cranking down on the pinch bolts, loctite...now I see why they were such a bargain. Time to complete my Diabolus group, since the Evolve DHs on my Coiler are trouble-free and sturdy.
Similar Products Used: Race Face Evolve DH, Truvativ Hussefelt
Bike Setup: Transition Dirtbag, 888
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2007
Strengths: strong, stiff, simple, ... looks good too.
Weaknesses: Had to tighten the BB a couple of times when new.
Shimano knows how to make cranks. These just do what you expect tough cranks to do. Mine were installed at the LBS and they made sure the BB shell is square. When new, the BB tended to get a little loose. Apparently the ISCG adapter was partly to blame. Tightening was easy using the Shimano tools but reading the instructions is a must if you have not dealt with Hollowtech 2 before.
Great crank if you are heavy and/or ride hard. Overkill if not.
They are not exactly cheap but that varies depending on where you buy. My value rating reflects Chainreaction's pricing.
Similar Products Used: shimano deore ( not that its similar at all ) made of chees
Bike Setup: azonic evo 2 frame, magura phoan fork, hope mono m4 203mm floting saw disks, titec dh bar and stem, saint cranks single 32tooth, dmr chain guid, ex721 rims laced to deore hubs, deore rear meck
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2007
Strengths: Its way lighter then my old crank. makes my bike look nice with my e.thirteen stuff, no problems at all cause its set up right. i dont have to wory about them falling off like i did with tru vativ, once a tru vativ crank falls of, it will alwayse fall off. truvaiv sucks.
Similar Products Used: XT, Bontrager, Truvativ, Cannondale
Bike Setup: Giant Trance w/ full saint, Fox 36
from Bellingham, WA
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2007
Strengths: Strong, they haven't bent yet Smooth bb interface and bearings Light for what they are
Weaknesses: They fall off mid-ride
These cranks have been great for the past year, until they fell off. I like them better than my Diabolus cranks because you can tighten them "just enough".
They fell off mid ride last week. They were installed with a torque wrench according to spec. Turns out that the side cap bolt stripped out and the two pinch bolts proved worthless.
I sent them back to Shimano. While waiting for them to be fixed, my riding bro had the same thing happen to him, mid ride. Now his come loose all the time, like every other ride.
Shimano sent me a brand new pair of cranks in about 3 weeks, but they didn't come with the cap bolt. I'm wondering if they are thinking that I can come up with something better. Who knows?
Overall, these are quite good, but I can't ride cranks that fall off. I guess I'll try the loctite technique and hope for the best. Seems like for a crank designed around hucking and dh they wouldn't fall off.
Similar Products Used: RaceFace Diabolus (awesome)
Bike Setup: lots
a Cross Country Rider
from Adelaide, Australia
Date Reviewed: November 18, 2006
Strengths: Phat. Black.
Weaknesses: They alloy arms seems to accumilate rock gouges more easily than I might have expected.
Simply the phattest, blackest cranks on the market. I just kept staring at them on ebay until I couldn't stand it any longer. Then they became the justification for building-up a Bullit, which I must say has turned out brilliantly. 50% heavier than XTR, but they're 'freeride', right? Can't wait to see what marketing gimmickry Shimano's billion dollar R&D expenditure delivers next.
a Weekend Warrior
from Essex, UK
Date Reviewed: November 15, 2006
Strengths: Stiff, stiff, stiff and super strong! Also look pretty smart and bearings are really smooth
Weaknesses: None as yet
Awesome cranks, super stiff - you can really get the power to the ground with these (not that you'll notice if your riding a full susser!) Despite what people say these are not heavy, they may look it, but they are not - 1114g including BB. Highly recommended
Bike Setup: norco 416, recon fork, mag 30 rims, avid 5 mech, krads, capital pivotal seat.
from Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: October 12, 2006
Strengths: Looks great, stiff, very easy installation and maintenance.
Another great product from Shimano. The Saint cranks are easy to install (and with proper torque on the pinch bolts, the left-side crank will not fall off), and they look fantastic.
Apparently, early versions of the external bearing BB didn't last, but after a year of hard riding, including plenty of rainy days, my BB bearings are still smooth. However, my LBS informed me that improperly prepped frames can lead to accelerated wear on the bearings.
The cranks are about 1/2 lb heavier than an XC set-up, as expected they are super stiff but they're probably overbuilt for anything but the most extreme kind of riding (or really heavy riders).
The plastic bashguard is light and durable, it is also more forgiving than an aluminum one.
from Rugely UK
Date Reviewed: September 30, 2006
Strengths: Stronger than an a mule, sick n filthy looks, fat axle that'll never snap, choice of rings
Weaknesses: Paint wears off quicker than I shoot. A bit pricey.
These cranks are waisted if yo ay got big plums cuz you'll never damage the **stards apart from that shabby **ss poor paint. I've had mine a while and they dow creak and I've took a spanner to me woman more times than me saints, for real! Like said, if yam a poser snap em up they look sick and if yam a big mutha hucka then they're made for ya. See ya ova da cop !!