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Looking for a crankset in the $100-150US range. Dollar for dollar what is better ISIS or X-type? I've read ISIS is old tech so there are some close out deals. Would a $150 x-type crankset hold up more than a year?

Thinking of these:
Race Face Ride or Evolve
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/16...s/Bolts/Race-Face-Ride-DH-X-Type-Crankset.htm

Truvative Hozfeller Oct + another $40 for the BB
http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/17...ativ-Holzfeller-OCT--2.2-RG-Howitzer-2008.htm

Or Azonic Nitro Fr which I can get for $110 not the $260
http://www.beyondbikes.com/BB/Items.asp?Cc=CM-CRA-AZO

Open to other suggestions. Use is mostley FR small DJ and some shuttles. Not much rain or mud riding around here either.

Thanks ya'll
 

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The OCT's are pretty much bomb proof cranks while still being pretty light. I've been trashing mine for a a year now and their still nice and straight. They do tend to creak thou.

I had a set of 06 hozefellers that were pretty creaky too, never failed me thou, just noisy.

I'd pick up another set if they ever did fail.


I have never used the other cranks so can't comment on them.
 

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I haven't had an ISIS bottom bracket last more than 3 or 4 months for me. To accommodate the larger spindle size, the bearings had to be made tiny.

X-type can prove to be much more reliable if installed correctly. The frame should be faced. Proper torque is pretty important.

The Holzfellers are okay. The BB is really heavy. I'm not sold on the interference fit between the spindle and crank arm. And it doesn't have a pedal insert. Not good if you like to bash your pedals into rocks. Though you could always insert a helicoil or timesert if need be.

I don't like the Raceface crank/spindle interface. The little preload washers irritate me. And again... not a fan of the interference fit. The splines will wear out if you install/remove them too many times. It's also pretty heavy.

Most of my bike is SRAM products. But for cranks, I keep going back to Shimano. The pinchbolt system they use is quite good. They're light and stiff as well.
 

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The Holzfeller OCT is a great crank, but the Bottom Bracket it uses is super heavy. I run OCT's and they're solid as solid can get, but damn, when I took that bottom bracket out of the box...jeez...I could've killed a cat if I dropped it on its back.

However, that price for OCT's is good, I paid $175 for mine...with NO rings.
 
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