25 March 2012

Groovy Cycle Works Hot Rod Cranks in Stock!

After nearly a year of waiting, we finally received our first batch of Groovy Cycle Works Hot Rod cranks. These tubular chromoly steel cranks are hand made in Wooster, OH and weigh 712g. A 24mm diameter axle is attached to the drive side arm and the non-drive side arm is secured to the axle using two 5mm Allen-head pinch bolts. A three-lobed polygon interface is used between the non-drive arm and the axle for high torque transfer capability. The 24mm axle is compatible with external bearing bottom brackets from Chris King, Hope, Acros, Enduro, Race Face, Shimano, and others.

A precision machined spider is attached to the drive side arm using three small screws around the axle and one large bolt that anchors into the crank arm. The spider will accept a chainring or a Gates Carbon Drive belt pulley. The crank arms have a durable ceramic coating that eliminates chipping or heel-rub concerns common with other finishes.

Rody at Groovy Cycle Works makes a very limited number of these cranksets each year and we were lucky to get a small batch of them. Neil has been riding a prototype version of the cranks since 2008 and an early production pair since 2011 and has been very impressed with them. While these are not the lightest cranks on the market, they are certainly not heavy. They are ultra stiff and offer a unique addition to any bike build.

We currently have 4 pairs of Hot Rods available in 175mm length with a dark grey finish and 4-bolt, 104mm BCD spider. These are all custom made for the 54mm chainline of the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14. Price is $440. Chainrings, Gates Carbon Drive belt pulleys, and external bearing bottom brackets can also be supplied. Please contact us to let us know what you need.

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