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.
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This Spanish product aims to reduce the time spent outside the rider's theoretical power zone.
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
SRAM has worked with Truvativ on the design of these heat treated 7075 aluminium two-piece cranks that are available in compact 110mm BCD and traditional-style 130mm BCD.
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...
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.
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.