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  • #16
    Originally posted by kahunacohen View Post
    Get dual hole. You may outgrow the 150s pretty quickly. I ride my 29 muni on 125s on the road.

    Get spirits, 127/150, or if you want to save money try to find dual hole moments on the trading post or around the Internet.

    150s on a 29 will get old once your skill increases.
    Unnecessarily dogmatic - several people have already posted that they prefer 150's on their 29-ers. I've been riding close to 20 years and still prefer 150's.

    Not saying that some don't favour 125's or even shorter, but, to tell a beginner that they will dump 150's when their skill improves, is just not true- they may, they may not.

    As many others have already said, dual hole 150/125s are a good way of deciding which length is suitable- I had some and enjoyed the ability to dismount and easily switch lengths, they helped me conclude that, for me and the terrain I ride, the 150 setting was best (though I currently use quax cranks, which are either 145 or 140mm?)
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    • #17
      Originally posted by jtrops View Post
      I guess I'm the odd man out on this one, but I do think the 140's offer better spinning, with very little loss of torque for climbing. For me they ended up being the perfect length on 36, and the perfect longer crank on 29.
      No, I'm with you. I think of the default 125 mm cranks as being the compromise, in between 137/140 for hills or better control and something shorter for serious spinning on fairly flat routes. Still being a pretty new rider and with nowhere to get in any hurry, I've been sticking with the longer of those lengths.
      That said I have dual hole 120/140s that are just about perfect for everything.
      Who makes those? I don't remember seeing them and can't find such on the UDC or UDC/UK sites.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by LargeEddie View Post
        No, I'm with you. I think of the default 125 mm cranks as being the compromise, in between 137/140 for hills or better control and something shorter for serious spinning on fairly flat routes. Still being a pretty new rider and with nowhere to get in any hurry, I've been sticking with the longer of those lengths.

        Who makes those? I don't remember seeing them and can't find such on the UDC or UDC/UK sites.
        They are square taper Trek "Dialed" cranks with the chainwheel removed. You won't find them on any Uni site.

        They also have 127/152 Dialed cranks.
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        • #19
          Cute. I particularly like how the holes are labeled "7 & under" and "8 & over" on the longer ones.

          I just have a bag full of steel United cranks in various lengths to try out on mine, as well as on my Avenir.

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          • #20
            For me, a 29" for flat road riding would have 102mm or shorter. But you are not me. If the two hubs are of the same type, I recommend starting off by going the cheap route. Take the 125s off the 29" (but give them a try first) and swap them with the 150s on your other uni. Both will be great. You might need to get crank puller too, and learn how to use it, which is worth doing.
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            • #21
              To add another riders point of view...

              I've been pretty much only riding 29 for a year now. Have done most of my riding on 125's and 110's, with some riding on 150's and some on 137's.

              Most of my riding has been road riding, I live in a fairly hilly area.

              If I could only have one set of cranks it would probably be 137's. They would be a bit long for road (but not too long, very usable). They would be on the short side for off road use, probably too short, but most of my riding is on pavement.

              In the beginning I would have been all for 150's, it took a while to get comfortable on the uni, but outgrew them after two weeks. Was very happy with the 137 and 125 for a long time. If I lived in a flatter area I probably could have settled into the 125's for good. But then I started riding longer and wanted to see if I could go faster, went to 110's. Pretty good for a road machine, I definitely was not as confident with them, mounting became much harder, control in dicey areas suffered as well. I wouldn't want the 110's if I was in high traffic areas, or where road conditions were not great.

              I hope this helps. The truth is one size doesn't cut it. 125's would make the most sense to me in your situation, but there is going to be a longer learning curve at the start. Also every one is different, some people like to spin big, some people like to spin small. Some have good strong knees, some have bad weak knees. It's good to have a few different sets of cranks anyway.

              I've got a set of 150's, 137s, and dual hole 127/110. It really lets the uni shine on almost any terrain, it actually amazes me how versatile my 29er has become.

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              • #22
                Ordered the KH duel cranks

                The Duel 125/150 KH Cranks were ordered with the New Nimbus 29"Road and am starting out with the 150s ... Thanx again ... Jimmy

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                • #23
                  Great choice. I think they are much cheaper when you order them with the uni.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Strokin99 View Post
                    Great choice. I think they are much cheaper when you order them with the uni.
                    Well its an "upgrade" price. You lose the stock cranks and upgrade to KH cranks, that's why the cost is lower when added on.

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