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#1 2012-11-27 2:01pm

TonyC
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Flight cranks

I'm seeing really low prices on these.
Is there something I don't know?

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#2 2012-11-27 2:10pm

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Re: Flight cranks

Hey, Tony!  I could be way off, but I think that it's just a case of actual production costs dictating the price of a product.  Flights aren't made in the US anymore (Taiwan), so I'm guessing it doesn't cost Redline very much to make them.  I imagine they're still making a good profit because they're still good cranks that people continue to buy partly because of their legendary name.  BTW, are you in for Critical Mass this Friday?


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#3 2012-11-27 2:13pm

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Re: Flight cranks

Critical mass?
Didn't know about it!
When & where?

As for Flights, I just wish they came in 185's...

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#4 2012-11-27 2:14pm

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Re: Flight cranks

By the way, they are REALLY cheap.
I saw a special for $70 minus BB...

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#5 2012-11-27 2:50pm

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Re: Flight cranks

$70 is cheap.  Somebody on the Museum is selling the full set up for $95:

http://bmxmuseum.com/forsale/75805


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#6 2012-11-27 2:52pm

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Re: Flight cranks

$70 is almost like, let me buy a dozen and try to flip 'em.

I've got two pairs of the double pinch (not 2.5 version) and, I have had 100% good results....not that I do anything dramatic....


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#7 2012-11-27 3:04pm

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Re: Flight cranks

I was thinking something similar...

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#8 2012-11-27 3:11pm

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Re: Flight cranks

Great Cranks for sure big_smile

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#9 2012-11-30 11:56am

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Re: Flight cranks

TonyC wrote:

I'm seeing really low prices on these.
Is there something I don't know?

The market is flooded with them. In today’s racing market they are not desirable due to weight and strength.

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#10 2012-11-30 12:16pm

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Re: Flight cranks

Flights are 32.4 oz.
Profile GDH's are 28.5oz.

Part of the Profile's weight loss is a hollow spindle, which is negligable as far as rotating weight.
(Rotating weight is exponentially more significant the farther outboard from the rotating axis. For example, lighter tires make MUCH more effect than lighter hubs. Or, light pedals will make a bigger difference than a light spindle.)

DXR cranks are 30oz, but they include the BB. And are 4x the price.

I've never heard of Flights' strength being an issue.
That's why I asked above if something had changed.

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#11 2012-12-01 6:03am

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Re: Flight cranks

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/2007/cimg1418u.jpg

It does happen. Not often though. I personally do not like the design and how my pants get hung up on the pinch bolts.

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#12 2012-12-01 7:39am

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Re: Flight cranks

Yikes!
Don't the new ones have flush bolts?

Looks like a bad weld. Like it didn't penetrate.

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#13 2012-12-01 8:02am

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Re: Flight cranks

I have some 185 dual pinch American made I think ...for sale if you are.intrested pm me I will send you some picks.


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#14 2012-12-01 8:20am

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Re: Flight cranks

I bought a pair and have original 401 Flight cranks.   I gotta say they look great, I cannot see a difference in quality between the two.  If you want more lightness they make the 2.1 version that uses a hollow spindle.   I agree they are remarkably cheap all things considered.   They used to cost close to $200 in the 80's!!   Techmatic alone was over $80!

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#15 2012-12-01 8:32am

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Re: Flight cranks

old bmx dad wrote:

I have some 185 dual pinch American made I think ...for sale if you are.intrested pm me I will send you some picks.

I'd love 185's, but no job and no $$ right now.

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#16 2012-12-17 7:41pm

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Re: Flight cranks

I just purchased some from here last month. Got them installed yesterday actually. $95 with BB. I'm completely happy with them. Redline is probably making more money from them by lowering the price a little and selling more of them because of it.


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#17 2012-12-18 5:03am

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Re: Flight cranks

I received my flight 2.5s and installed them
A couple observations:
1) the only reason I see for the blue spacer is to idiot proof the setup - to keep people from over tightening. The spindle bolt should just be there in case the pinch bolts come loose.
2) it's nearly impossible to remove the bottom bracket cups without damaging them.
3) I come from an all-bike background. The spindle is too long. Good thing I have access to a machine shop to shorten it a bit. Sometimes, it seems what passes for acceptable in BMX would be a failure in "adult" bikes.

Off my soapbox...

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#18 2012-12-18 6:31am

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Re: Flight cranks

So are you saying they are not worth the money/effort?

I've been thinking about putting a set on my practice bike.


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#19 2012-12-18 8:32am

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Re: Flight cranks

No. I think they're fine.
Just observing tolerances are much wider on BMX bikes

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