Grand Cru Noir Drillium 110 Fluted Double Crankset, 34x48t
Back in the day racers drilled holes in their chainrings to make them lighter. The weight savings were minimal, but they sure looked cool. Our Drillium Crankset recaptures the look while upgrading to modern manufacturing techniques and tolerances. Check out the color-contrasting, precision chamfered drillings.
Cold forged from 7075 aluminum alloy. The rings are thicker so they don't flex as on classic cranks. The outer rings have modern shifting aids such as ramps and pins, so shifting performance is much improved. All stainless hardware with allen head nuts/bolts. Includes aluminum machined dust caps and BB bolts. Dust caps function as self extracting crank hardware.
- Teeth: 48/34
- BCD: 110mm
- Q Factor: 143 mm
- Speeds: 5-11 compatible
- Taper: JIS square taper
- Suggested Bottom Bracket Spindle Length: 118mm
- Pedal Threading: 9/16"
- Weight: 645g
It's real pretty. The rings shift well (and I'm shifting with friction and a god-knows-how-old derailleur!), the gearing is pretty dang nice (who needs a 50T? Not me!), and you don't really need a stiffer axle than a square taper (Saint Jans says so!). 110 is the best BCD. The noir coloring is very pretty and modern-looking. Would recommend.
Wonderful great looking crankset and a real bargain. I installed it with the recommended Velo Orange bottom bracket which was just right. One of the ramp pins protruded too deeply. This caused the 10 speed chain to click and catch (under normal running conditions) on that one pin. A touch to the offending pin with a Dremel tool fixed the problem; only took off 0.5mm. This is no big deal, but I am posting this in case another person has the same problem.
I was skeptical about using such low gearing up front, but I've found a great rear 12-23 that worked. This is a beautifully made set, very well-machined, but I'm worried that the black will eventually get pretty worn, and as of now I haven't seen replacement chainrings. The gear shifting is easy between the two gears with the ramps and pins, but the pins don't let me push into my second-highest gear in the rear, when on the lowest gear on the front. If I shift up into that gear without realizing I'm that far along, it will start grinding a few spots on every rotation. Usually I'm at a pretty tense point in my cadence at that point and it tends to send a bit of a chill up my spine. I don't know if there's a way around this. Buying it on sale at $120 is an excellent deal. The finish and function of every Velo Orange item I've had has been great and I read their mailings eagerly.
I have this crank set on 2 of my bikes so I must really like it. I would like it even more if it wasn’t drilled so it would be easier to clean. I rate Velo Orange highly in customer service as well.
This cranckset is beautiful and finely built. The only reason It doesn't get five stars is that there isn't similar crowns of different sizes.