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I have also got XTR M960 crancks. On one of my first rides had a rock of the front wheel strike my crank. I've also scraped the rear deraileur. After the first few marks you won't worry about it any more. It's a mountain bike and if you use it as such, its going to get dings and scratches. Think of it this way. When it is damaged enough, you have an excuse to buy the latest model in a year or two.

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ozonepro said:
Is there any way to protect the polished finish on the new XTR crank? I'm finding that my shoe is rubbing against the crank arm slightly and removing the polished finish.
I believe the finish is an anodized finish. It will wear off as the shoe rubs on it. Most people live with it. Only by removing the finish and polishing up the cranks, and then touching up with polish every once in a while, will it not show up the shoe rub as much. I'd just ride and enjoy yourself.
 

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Well the toughness of the finish is irrelevant. With regular use the rubbing will eventually start wearing even the metal. You'd have to use some diamond coating :D It could help to move your cleats in a few millimieters more to seperate the shoe some more. I've seen people put a sticker in that area or cover the outside of the arm with contact paper (the kind used for school books). Mine have become completely worn out there. Personally I just let it happen as soon as possible. You stop caring after a while and its strangely satisfying to see it. Makes you feel the bike is being ridden a lot like it should. :)
 

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I used the 3M tape

there is a urethane tape called a paint protector used on high-end cars made by 3M. do a search on this site, it's in the discussions somewhere. it can be purchased by the foot and then you can cut it to cover the cranks. it works pretty damn well. i covered most of my exposed frame with it.
 

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the weight weenies would die :D
 

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there is a urethane tape called a paint protector used on high-end cars made by 3M. do a search on this site, it's in the discussions somewhere. it can be purchased by the foot and then you can cut it to cover the cranks. it works pretty damn well. i covered most of my exposed frame with it.
Great idea
 

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there is a urethane tape called a paint protector used on high-end cars made by 3M. do a search on this site, it's in the discussions somewhere. it can be purchased by the foot and then you can cut it to cover the cranks. it works pretty damn well. i covered most of my exposed frame with it.
Exactly what is the purpose of doing this? I am not trying to be a smarta$$ or anything but it seems a terrible waste of time and effort. What are we saving the shiny finishes for on our cranks, frames, etc. I can understand trying to maintain the look of newness on ones bike, but what good is it to ride around on a bike covered in tape. Do we remove the tape for special occasions or are we planning to sell the bike as "hardly used"? It reminds me of the Puerto Rican (I am Puerto Rican, so let us not start screaming rascism) practice of buying new carpet and furniture then getting everything covered in custom plastic covers. I swear my grandmother had the same sofas for my whole thirty years plus some. they were literally, untouched the day she died. Seems ashame to me she never new how comfortable they were because They were always coccooned in that damned shrink rap.
But I digress, is a bike continually covered in tattered tape more attractive than a scratched bike?
This is just my two cents, meant to be non-offensive.
 

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For that kind of $$$ you would think a tougher finish would have been applied!
Anodized finish is about as tough as it gets except for that 'paint protector' stuff you see on cars' rocker panels. (And I'm sure that stuff is heavy) Think about the wear and tear this spot gets: How many pedal revolutions per ride?? You could scuff a pretty good spot in a cement block in that much time.

A mountain bike that gets used shows it. Live with it, or buy a road bike!
 

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Johnny M said:
Exactly what is the purpose of doing this? I am not trying to be a smarta$$ or anything but it seems a terrible waste of time and effort. What are we saving the shiny finishes for on our cranks, frames, etc. I can understand trying to maintain the look of newness on ones bike, but what good is it to ride around on a bike covered in tape. Do we remove the tape for special occasions or are we planning to sell the bike as "hardly used"? It reminds me of the Puerto Rican (I am Puerto Rican, so let us not start screaming rascism) practice of buying new carpet and furniture then getting everything covered in custom plastic covers. I swear my grandmother had the same sofas for my whole thirty years plus some. they were literally, untouched the day she died. Seems ashame to me she never new how comfortable they were because They were always coccooned in that damned shrink rap.
But I digress, is a bike continually covered in tattered tape more attractive than a scratched bike?
This is just my two cents, meant to be non-offensive.
Its clear tape(the 3M stuff).
 

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ozonepro said:
Is there any way to protect the polished finish on the new XTR crank? I'm finding that my shoe is rubbing against the crank arm slightly and removing the polished finish.
1. Keep those shiny new XTR cranks in the box

2. Get 'em out and admire that $400 finish.

3. See how the finish gleams in the sun.

4. Seriously consider the purpose of the shiny crankset that costs as much as a beginner hardtail. :eek:

5. Put cranks back in the box.

6. Go ride the hell out of bike with cheaper cranks. :D
 

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Hey, while were talking about protecting finishes, anyone have any idea how to protect my Klein's paintjob? Heheh... Just go and ride that thing. Or, strip the finish and just polish it every so often. I would just leave it and ride it.
 
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