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i would like to know what is the best crankset i could get for 100 bucks...and is the crankarm length a personal preference. Do taller people typically have longer or smaller crankarms
 

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Taller folks have longer arms as a rule. I am 6' and the 175mm suits me well.

The best set on the books for your $100 is the Shimano LX Hollowtechs IMO. Rock solid, aluminum mid and top gear with a steel low gear for all your offroad abuse. The bottom bracket and crank weigh a few grams under 2 pounds and are really fantastic. I was a very happy man when I put them on my bike. Rock solid, well made, what more needs to be said. :thumbsup:
 

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Jwiggs10 said:
Will all cranks work with a 7-speed rear casette
Yes. It is the chain and derailleurs that affect the function.

I do want to mention, keep the teeth close on match up...

eg., 22/32/42 I went from 22/32/42 to 22/32/44 because the price was right. The 44 top gear gets me a bit higher top speed, but for what...it is a mountain bike. :D
 

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I appreciate the answers and advice. I will definately look into them. I just got new forks, stem, headset, shifters and bars for the bike. Its just so old of a bike that alot of stuff needed replaced. I loke the frame and hear alot of good about them. The bike is 8 or 9 yrs old but im just going to build up around the frame.
 

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One thing to consider...

Everything you put into it now, can be put onto a solo frame down the road...saves you from buying a full blown setup for $3000 :D
 

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I didnt even think about using the parts on a frame later. I dont know why. im kinda one track minded about it right now. I can imagine i will be hooked on riding for quite some time
 

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FWIW, if you have not yet, invest in a GOOD rear derailleur. It does a tremendous amount of work and is the one thing, next to a fork, that is easily justified in cost. :thumbsup:

I put an XTR on my bike and it is "CLICK" BAM..."CLICK" BAM... I mean right now shifting.
 

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Thats actually not to expensive when you think about how often it is used. I saw them on google for just above 100 dollars?
 

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Sounds about right. Look at a cheap $9 RD and you will see stamped metal and rivets...and a sh!tload of slop. Move up to the XT or XTR and it is completely rebuild-able and rock solid. :D
 

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Jwiggs10 said:
Thats actually not to expensive when you think about how often it is used. I saw them on google for just above 100 dollars?
Sometimes you can get new XT derailleurs on eBay for around $40, if you're into that sort of thing.
 
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