XT Vs. Saint Cranks?

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  1. CountryBoy

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    I can't decide between either crank. I know the Xt are lighter, but not as burly and I wouldn't have to grind my gamut bash to gwt them to fit. I am only 150 pounds and ride pretty smooth, but I ride rocky Northstar at least 20times a season so that makes think the saints would be better. What do you think?
     
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  2. dropmachine

    dropmachine Turbo Monkey

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    One is a cross country crank. The other is a DH crank.

    Seems fairly easy to me, if theres any common sense at all.
     
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  3. jcook90

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    XT pedal threads will strip in less than a month of good use in my experience (happened to two friends and I)
     
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  4. RaID

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    SLX crank? a bit of both worlds including pedal inserts
     
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    or RF atlas cranks
     
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  7. worship_mud

    worship_mud Turbo Monkey

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    get some slx! i think they are awesome!
     
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    Slx are nice, they will do.. but if u want it to last longer and take more, then get the saints.. you will just have to grind down the bash!
     
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    Another vote fox SLX. If they are any bit as good as my double hones, you will not regret it.
     
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    go slx.
     
  11. rayhaan

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    yeah its no big deal grinding down the bashguard, if you do it neatly enough, you wouldn't even notice it!
    I had to do it to fit my P30 to my bike with saint cranks.
     
  12. ender

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    I've got 2 sets of XT cranks. One on my trail bike and one on my dh bike. The ones on my trail bike I've had for 3 years with zero issues. I've had the ones on my dh bike for a year with zero issues too. Best cranks ever IMO.
     
  13. manhattanprjkt83

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    i ran xt's for 3 years not one messed up thread im about a 165 lbs and ride pretty light as well.
     
  14. Acadian

    Acadian Born Again Newbie

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    IMO XT cranks aren't designed to take DH abuse. In the past 3 years I've bent about 3 pairs of XT cranks and recently bent some XTR's within a month of riding....and that's on my AM bike, not even DH.

    The nice thing about Shimano is that they have great customer service - they took care of me each time (I went through my bike shop). I just recently sent my XTR's in - so no word on those yet.

    like many suggested here - get SLX or Saint cranks
     
  15. dropmachine

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    Luc, thats far too intelligent and theres way too much common sense there. Instead, could you please post about making Red cranks work on a 100mm BB shell by dremelling away 21% of the bike and crank interface, but make sure to complain about the difference between 172.5 and 170.
     
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    I thought shimano never warantied cranks. I bent a set of hones and they wouldn't waranty them for me.

    Another vote here for slx. That's what I got myself at the end of last year.
     
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    i raced the whole northstar series on my bike with 165mm XT cranks. They smashed a few times and are still strait. i wiegh 160 pounds so im fairly light. if your smooth you can get away with it otherwise i would suggest the SLX. those cranks are RAD
     
  18. Acadian

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    I'm 155lbs and far from being a hack....downtime sucks especially if you ride a lot.

    for a DH bike I would not run anything other than Saints, SLX or other DH crank offerings. but that's just me..
     
  19. ohio

    ohio The Fresno Kid

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    for reference, from weight weenies:
    SLX FC-M660 2009 175 mm 22/32/44 886 g
    XT FC-M770 2008 175 mm 22/32/44 859 g
    Saint FC-810 2009 170 mm 22/36/Bash 1090 g (claimed, not on WW)

    All for a standard 68/73