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.
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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'
Middleburn is a British company that produces a wide range of crankset combinations with a high degree of interchangeability. Detachable spiders themselves are nothing new - they've been used on carbon cranks for years
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.
This Spanish product aims to reduce the time spent outside the rider's theoretical power zone.
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
These new 94mm BCD cranks are intended for Mtb use but are also well suited to meandering laden tourists who seldom pedal downhill.
Stiffer, smoother-shifting and more positive
Stepping up the standard, Saint style
Limited edition light yet strong cranks
Lightweight dependable choice
Eleven-speed alloy set
A hardcore favourite: light but tough
Inexpensive way to get more, lower gears
Beefy but not overweight hardcore crank
Little different to Chorus, apart from chainring bolts
Double or triple chainrings with alloy crank arms
Super light, super stiff, super expensive
Class-leading lightweight crankset
Fashion, modernity and to a larger extent ease of fitment dictate that the current crop of two-piece cranks are the thing to have on your bike these days.
It's taken a while for the people at Shimano to hop on the compact wagon, with the FC-R700 representing a long-awaited addition to their Hollowtech 2 stablemates. While this shares similar styling to the Hollowtechs...