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Public service announcement - Installing Race Face Cinch Cranks

July 27, 2021, 1:36 p.m.
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PSA, if you're installing a Race Face crank with a  RF136 spindle, remember to fit one 1mm spindle spacer on each side of the crank. This is in addition to any spacers that may be required for your bottom bracket installation. If you are using a RF134 spindle, no spacer is required. RF136 is recommended for bikes with 148mm hub spacing.

Yours,

A frustrated home mechanic who has installed and removed his BB & crank 3 times over the past two days.


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July 27, 2021, 3:02 p.m.
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Posted by: rnayel

PSA, if you're installing a Race Face crank with a RF136 spindle, remember to fit one 1mm spindle spacer on each side of the crank. This is in addition to any spacers that may be required for your bottom bracket installation. If you are using a RF134 spindle, no spacer is required. RF136 is recommended for bikes with 148mm hub spacing.

Yours,

A frustrated home mechanic who has installed and removed his BB & crank 3 times over the past two days.

Sounds like this is specific to your BB/Frame/Crank setup. I have installed several pairs of cinch cranks with no need for extra spacers. They do make specific spacer kits for several different applications.


 Last edited by: shoreboy on July 27, 2021, 3:08 p.m., edited 2 times in total.
July 27, 2021, 3:56 p.m.
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Posted by: shoreboy

Posted by: rnayel

PSA, if you're installing a Race Face crank with a RF136 spindle, remember to fit one 1mm spindle spacer on each side of the crank. This is in addition to any spacers that may be required for your bottom bracket installation. If you are using a RF134 spindle, no spacer is required. RF136 is recommended for bikes with 148mm hub spacing.

Yours,

A frustrated home mechanic who has installed and removed his BB & crank 3 times over the past two days.

Sounds like this is specific to your BB/Frame/Crank setup. I have installed several pairs of cinch cranks with no need for extra spacers. They do make specific spacer kits for several different applications.

Me too, I'd never used any spacers, but I think that I've always installed RF134 spindled cranks. Their site has guides in the product page, which was hugely useful, and that I should have checked earlier.

Installation guide

Q-Factor, BBs and Chainlines - the guide that outlines spacers

July 31, 2021, 11:52 a.m.
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Somewhat related, has anybody looked at the installation instructions for the Cinch BB threaded cups?  For years the torque is listed as ~40nm and 40 *in/lbs. I emailed them long ago (but clearly got lost in the black hole of customer emails;) mentioned the discrepancy. Either it’s 40nm, 40in/lbs, 40 ft/lbs, or ~340in/lbs. I’d pick 3 out of that list as correct.

8-)

July 31, 2021, 6:38 p.m.
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Posted by: awesterner

Somewhat related, has anybody looked at the installation instructions for the Cinch BB threaded cups?  For years the torque is listed as ~40nm and 40 *in/lbs. I emailed them long ago (but clearly got lost in the black hole of customer emails;) mentioned the discrepancy. Either it’s 40nm, 40in/lbs, 40 ft/lbs, or ~340in/lbs. I’d pick 3 out of that list as correct.

8-)

I’ve been using the Cane Creek hellbender 70 bottom brackets on all my bikes since early 2020 when they released the 70 line. I’ve been very impressed. Their torque settings are accurate.  

Only downside is that the drive side reverse threads so using a torque wrench becomes useless.

Aug. 2, 2021, 6:47 a.m.
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You mean 34-50 NM awesterner?

https://res.cloudinary.com/fox-factory/image/upload/v1597444208/images/910f8bd1b0dd7fe34687b68ece47a70bf338496a_BSA_30.pdf

Link googled from:

https://www.raceface.ca/products/bsa-cinch-30mm?utm_source=Redirect-pop-up-fromRFCOM

Aug. 3, 2021, 7:44 p.m.
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Yes, excellent! Clearly the typo has been changed for some time. The BB I picked up in the winter had the typo, so probably fairly old new stock :)

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