Deore is due a serious integrated crank makeover soon but this old school set up from the Big S is still a classic in terms of ultra long life. The Hollowtech arms are super stiff, tough as a crow bar and reasonably light as well. We've never had any creak or installation/removal problems from the eight splined Octalink connection either.
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The modern so-called two-piece crank design has been adopted by almost every crankset manufacturer over the past two years and has largely replaced the venerable three-piece square tapered bottom bracket.
The Tiagra chainset is now a two-piece design and is outwardly similar to the Hollowtech II components further up the Shimano range, but with cost-saving C-section crank arms that are available in 165mm, 170mm and 175mm lengths.
Campy's latest continues to meld art with engineering
The X13 features an integrated two-piece set-up similar to the design Shimano uses with a splined bottom bracket spindle and pinch bolt to secure the left-hand arm.
Three-piece cranks rule the roost when it comes to strength versus dosh for jumping and street.Available in black only for the time being, the Superfat cranks have 172mm arms and the option of a BMX bottom bracket shell or a 'Euro'
This is the baseline model in the FSA compact range of chainsets and will appeal mostly to those who already have an ISIS bottom bracket fitted to their bikes but wish to upgrade to a compact double chainset while on a budget.
This firm is better known for its offroad kit but has recently introduced this compact two-piece design for the road market. Unlike the other sets tested here the Race Face's axle is integrated with the left hand crank instead of the right.
Born of the original BMX crank configuration, Shimano started the revolution to the current two-piece crank systems with its Dura-Ace model and the design was soon fed down to the other groupsets.
Shimano produces a huge range of chainsets and its Deore series is probably the most widely used crankset on both Mtb and touring bikes. Shimano now also makes a Hollowtech II crankset but the one tested is the original version
While Shimano's Tiagra crankset gets the Hollowtech 2 treatment for 2007, Campagnolo sees fit to retain the tried and trusted but recalcitrant taper axle system on this crank.