Matt Appleman challenges you to reconsider your crank length
Serviceable, Made in USA (MUSA) bling to improve your pedal stroke. That’s what the custom carbon frame builder Matt Appleman brings its latest offering, the 2XR crankset, to the masses.
The 2XR crank is the result of the Minnesotan’s view of how components affect overall bike fit and rider comfort. While many riders may never experience the custom fit comfort of a custom bike, Appleman believes a properly sized crank can go a long way.
There is an “industry-wide pitfall” with the crank lengths provided and recommended by major manufacturers, Appleman says, and claims that the 170, 172.5 and 175mm standards are outdated.
After experiencing knee pain himself for years, Appleman discovered that shorter cranks are essential for bike fit and subscribed to Lennard Zinn’s rule of thumb, which recommends using 20% of the length of your inseam to find the correct crank length for you.
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Highlighting hip and knee flex throughout the pedal stroke, Appleman says even an increase or decrease of just 10mm can have a significant effect on a rider’s position on the bike and ride comfort.
To that end, the 2XR cranksets are offered in 10mm increments from 135mm all the way up to 175mm, and are intended to provide a solution for those who have fit issues on the bike or those simply looking to get more power with every pedal stroke. .
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Appleman further claims that there are additional aerodynamic benefits and a lower chance of hitting the pedal when using a crank tuned for your specific body.
The 2XR crankset is designed around a 30mm axle and is offered in 5 bottom bracket widths for road, adventure, mountain, mid-fat and fat bikes. There are also three different spider options to make them compatible with common chainring offerings.
Beautifully designed, the aluminum cranks look stylish in the matte black we got here at Cycling Weekly, but for those who want to add some bling to their bike, eight additional colors are available for the crank arms, spiders and the spindle bolts individually. This means you can request a different color for each individual piece for a truly unique look.
Now, we haven’t had a chance to put any miles on these cranks yet, but right off the bat these beauties feel absolutely bombproof. Weighing in at 607 grams for the whole thing (arm, spindle, spider and hardware), these aren’t the heaviest MUSA cranks on the market, but still, weight weenies should look elsewhere.
Looks, customization, and size options aside, a big plus point for these cranks is usability. A simple 5mm wrench will allow you to install and maintain the cranks. One could even easily swap the cranks between bikes without ever needing any special tools. They are also backed by a five-year warranty.
2XR cranks are on sale starting today at applemanbicycles.com for $485 in standard black or silver.
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