Posted by: firstname.lastname@example.org
These two sentences stood out for me in the shorter cranks post:
"I've yet to talk to a short-crank adopter who enjoys powering themselves up hard single-track climbs and I've yet to talk to a self-powered rider who likes to climb and is interested in short cranks."
"I'd say if you're happy with your current setup, you probably aren't missing out on anything."
Of course fit is important and if someone has knee issues, shorter cranks are worth trying out, but I'd also suggest looking at the meat engine that powers those cranks. I'm very sensitive to knee issues but improving my strength, balance, and flexibility made them mostly go away eventually.
Meat engine upgrades have always been the most effective upgrades for me.
Niels, outside of logical reasons for shorter cranks like your short, a child, certain bikes, or some medical condition. It to me smells of shoe industry level equipment science meaning none.
Note: probably a wee bit grumpy after few things suggested to me in the last while. LOL
And while yes depending on the injury you might need to change cranks. However it feels way too much like trying to get me to change crank length because according to some marketing type if I don’t I will get hurt. And if it also starts heading down the path of the marketing types that are bodies are broken and no longer adapt to things. That you need shorter cranks because despite thousands of years of evolution and adaptation somehow we no longer adapt.
I call bullshit. As a rider and a coach have spent three years working and adapting to ride despite serious injuries. It takes time and effort to fucking do that. Adaptation to riding mtb’s is not a two week process that spending extra money on cranks and whatever shit that some bike industry bullshit grinder claims with zero science to fix what isn’t fucking broken.
It takes time and effort even for one who has been riding for years to after severe injury to adapt to riding with the current you.
Anyone who tries to tell that adaptation doesn’t happen without time and effort is full of shit and is there to remove money from your wallet.