CODA Tarantula TX3 Older Cranks

3.73/5 (11 Reviews)
Weight : 685 grams


Product Description

  • Offers the same features as
  • Tarantula Competition cranksets (see features, above)
  • Lower "Q" factor than XTR crankset when used with a splined 112.5mm B.B.
  • 170-175mm 22/32/44T chainrings, 58/94mm BCD
  • Using a 112.5mm splined bottom bracket, the TX3 is optimized for the 9-speed drive train


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    Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by C B a Cross Country Rider from B ham

    Date Reviewed: October 31, 2000

    Strengths:    cheaper and lighter than XTR

    Weaknesses:    Bolts kept coming loose and eventually destroyed my cranks and Cannondale would do nothing

    Bottom Line:   
    I liked them for a while until the bolt kept coming loose which caused the splined system to wear. This caused a slight motion between the crank and bottom braket which was very annoying. Then they just wore out. Cannondale is a big company who should have been able to do something...they did nothing.

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    Favorite Trail:   all of them

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $210.00

    Purchased At:   bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT hollow, LX

    Bike Setup:   Kona Hei Hei, z-2 superfly etc

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Ontario

    Date Reviewed: February 21, 2000

    Strengths:    None

    Weaknesses:    Flex, flex to the point of breaking......bad.....

    Bottom Line:   
    This crank broke just over a year.....and Cannondale would not replace it. I am very unhappy!! I am going to get race face this time, no more of that bull.

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    Favorite Trail:   Any one

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   coda 501...untill re-call

    Bike Setup:   '97 F1000

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Nick Corcoran a Racer from mbman@hotmail.com

    Date Reviewed: February 8, 2000

    Strengths:    Worked great... till it snapped
    Stiff even though I'm a fairly powerful rider


    Weaknesses:    It snapped...

    Bottom Line:   
    These cranks were good and worked well for over a year and a half until I was doing starts this morning inside on the running track with my coach and he was holding me back with a towel and 2nd set 2nd pedal stroke it snapped in the same place the guy below broke it( clean break straight across 2 inches below bolt right above the C in CODA)... not sure whether to hate it or still love it cus it got the job done well. I think I'm gonna go for Race Face or Shimano cranks cus I need new chainrings and stuff. I've had a pedal axle break when I was 8 and remember how much that hurt on the road... same side so I consider myself lucky I wasn't going very fast and didn't fall at all.

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    Favorite Trail:   Baldy Pass

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   Cheap cranks

    Bike Setup:   98 1/2 Cannondale F3000... XTR Coda

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by frankinator a Weekend Warrior from CA Uber Alles

    Date Reviewed: February 3, 2000

    Strengths:    As stiff as the CAAD4 frame it pushes

    Weaknesses:    Limited BB options

    Bottom Line:   
    I am reviewing the ones that say CODA then USA below it inside a big oval (Competitions?). These things are comparable to Raceface (there's your can of worms) as far as stiffness is concerned. It's even in the XTR weight class! Bonus! You can convert it to the vaunted Dale 2X9 in a cinch too. Be prepared to be limited on your BB choices though as it is splined in the XTR/DuraAce/Ultegra pattern. Also that finish rubs off but who wants a pretty Mtn bike? I wouldn't buy this crank aftermarket tho coz you can get sumthin' that says XTR on it for the price that CODA wants for these (maybe functionally/qualitatively the same, but you complete your poser image more with XTRs).

    I got me a Dale and it seats abt 20.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   Raceface Turbine LP, Specialized S.O.S.

    Bike Setup:   F2000SX Leftster. I know Cannondale lacks image.. but hey I'm not a poser.

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Rob Butner a Cross-Country Rider from Santa Cruz, CA

    Date Reviewed: January 4, 2000

    Strengths:    
    Looks, strength, stiffness, and weight(lighter than XTR for less $$$).


    Weaknesses:    
    black paint may come off....


    Bottom Line:   
    Great cranks. After I had them installed I took em' out and beat them on a great trail and they are just perfect. Shifiting is great. The stiffness is the most amazing thing. NO FLEX. The splined feature is a bonus and makes it compatible with an XTR bottom bracket. WOW!

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    Favorite Trail:   
    Soquel Demo Forest

    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   
    Son of Strongarm(previous crankset), with cheap rings


    Bike Setup:   
    Stumpjumper M2 Comp, XTR/XT, Avid 2.0, Raceface Risers.....blah blah

    Overall Rating:2
    Submitted by Jesse a Weekend Warrior from Phx

    Date Reviewed: January 3, 2000

    Strengths:    
    relatively light, rings last


    Weaknesses:    
    lateral flex, spider works loose


    Bottom Line:   
    This crank is fine if it comes w/ your bike. However, I would never buy it as an upgrande. The spider on mine has slipped 1/8 turn and I am waiting for it to die (hopefully soon so I can get new LX hollowtech for 72$). Additionally, the large ring flexes up to about 3mm side to side when peddling strenuously.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    National

    Duration Product Used:   
    2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   
    LX, XTR, RF Turbine


    Bike Setup:   
    blah, blah, blah

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Iceman a Cross-Country Rider from Stockton, CA

    Date Reviewed: November 1, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Light, SUPER STIFF & shift well.


    Weaknesses:    
    The black color wears off quickly.


    Bottom Line:   
    Just got a smoking deal on this crank from a bud, it rocks!! My 1st ride out with it I pushed a solid .4mph faster average for 18 miles!! I now find myself staying seated longer & not needing to rise out for power.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    Rockville

    Duration Product Used:   
    3 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    XTR & Coda CF2


    Bike Setup:   
    C-dale SV1000

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by speedy a Downhiller from dodo land

    Date Reviewed: August 9, 1999

    Strengths:    
    look cool, shift awesome, light, stiff, strong


    Weaknesses:    
    none here


    Bottom Line:   
    these cranks are the best! i got them when my 701s cracked. 10 chilis

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    Duration Product Used:   
    6 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    coda 200, coda 701, kooka


    Bike Setup:   
    super v freeride

    Overall Rating:1
    Submitted by ted a Cross-Country Rider from halifax , nova scotia

    Date Reviewed: July 13, 1999

    Strengths:    
    Doesn't piss on the carpet.


    Weaknesses:    
    I am currently waiting for my third, count'em, crank arm to arrive from Cannondale, second arm for the right side. They crack off cleanly about two inches above the bolt.


    Bottom Line:   
    Very unimpressed with strength of this product, and follow up from Cannondale. Their only come back was to move to a forged crank. Damn good suggestion, but not what you want to hear after dropping the coin for one of these bad boys.

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    Favorite Trail:   
    wentworth hostel

    Duration Product Used:   
    1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   
    LX, Sugino


    Bike Setup:   
    F2000, fatty sl, xtr

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by steve a Weekend Warrior from tokyo

    Date Reviewed: April 3, 1999

    Strengths:    
    stiff
    light
    looks


    Weaknesses:    
    none that i have found yet


    Bottom Line:   
    great crank with the weight xtr with the knee friendly gears of xt

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    Duration Product Used:   
    less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   
    shimano lx,xtr


    Bike Setup:   
    cannondale super-v, x vert-r, xt xtr, hugi, sun

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by Ed a weekend warrior from Boone, NC

    Date Reviewed: March 8, 1999

    Bottom Line:   


    I have the Tarantula crank on my CAAD4 frameset and have been pleased so far. I had a bit of trouble at first with the self extracting crank bolts working their way out but once I put some blue loctite on the bolts, I haven't had any more problems. The crank is only compatible with splined bottom brackets and I am using the XTR but I have heard good things from people who have used either the Dura Ace or the Ultegra bottom brackets. The bottom bracket is quite noisy though and has a tendency to creak when pedaling hard. The arms are incredibly stiff and are lighter than the XTR cranks. If you are buying this crank for cosmetic reasons, don't. The black coating wears off extremely quickly and is silver underneath. Overall I would have to give the crank five chillis but I would like to see some work done on the BB.

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