Short Cranks

More and more riders are discovering the advantages of using shorter crank arms, especially on recumbents and triathlon bikes. However they have been stymied by the lack of reasonably priced, short cranks, capable of accepting small 3rd chainrings.

Of course shorter riders, on upright bicycles, can also benefit from short cranks. As well as anyone with a leg length discrepancy or range of motion limitations

Knee pain

Triathletes wanting a more aerodynamic riding position

Range of motion problems.

Can't spin long cranks efficiently?

Tandem stoker isn't comfortable spining as fast as captain.

Short cranks make some people faster.  Could you be one of them?
Smaller fairings for HPV racers.

Toe/Wheel overlap (Heel/Wheel overlap on SWB recumbents)

Short legs or different leg lengths.

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New Contact Info: For short crank questions or orders please use is still the correct email for Cotter Presses, Cotters and Fixed Cup Tools.

I am in the process of passing the short crank business on to Dan Gilleece. Emails sent to will reach both of us. We will work together through 2018 while he learns the intricacies of determining which cranks, crankarms and chainrings will best suit each of you and your bikes. With the myriad of bottom bracket types these days, that last part can get complicated.

Not every email gets through to it's intended recipient. If you do not receive a response within 2 days, assume we did not get your email. Or you did not get our response. Please re-send it or phone me @ 612-710-9593.

Crank Length for Children
International Sales and Shipping
Limited Range of Motion?
Knee or Hip problems?
Incompatible cadence? Short or child stoker?
Short Women / Short Crank Feedback
Leg Length, Crank Length and Power
Are your long cranks slowing you down?
(Under Construction, just ask)
Triathletes account for 1/3 of our short crank sales
But there are so many reasons triathletes would benefit from short cranks that I'm still trying to figure out how to organize them into a web page. Please call or email.
Shortened 10 Speed 2 Piece External Bearing Road Cranksets
SRAM Apex 10 Speed
Road 39-53 rings -
147.5mm to 158mm length  Or
Compact Double 34-50 rings - 137.5mm to 158mm length Or
CycloCross 36-46 rings
- 137.5mm to 158mm length
$229 or $239  Includes GXP External Bearing BB
Apex Road 154mm
These Apex doubles are no longer being made. Unfortunately they are the only shortenable road crank I know of that can be used in a frame without a threaded bottom bracket.
I will buy as much of the remaining stock as I can afford. But when these are gone...
Left arm has spindle interface similar to, but not compatible with, ISIS.
One Key Release crank bolt included.

24mm I.D. drive side bearing, 22mm on the left.

These are the cranks SRAM had me shorten for their sponsored triathletes.

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FSA Gossamer 10 Speed - 30-39-50 Triple
  Includes MegaExo External Bearing BB -
FSA Gossamer Compact Double
Left arm has spindle interface similar to, but not compatible with, ISIS.
One Key Release crank bolt included.
24mm I.D. bearings both sides.

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Only the 165mm are currently imported, but only the 172.5mm and 175mm can be safely shortened.

If you own, or can find, a set of 172.5s or 175s I can shorten them for you.

$85 labor if you remove the rings. $90 if you leave them on.

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Andel Triple Crankarms
Length - 90mm to 153mm
110/74mm BCD
Shown w/Dimension Chainrings
SRAM S600 MTB cranks
85mm to 153mm
Several Chainring Options Available.
$109 to $379
MTB or Fat Bike
FSA Alpha Drive - Have It Your Way
Single, Double or Triple - ISIS BB interface
125mm to 153mm - Starting at $119
  153mm FSA Vero Double and Triple Cranksets
Crank Shortening
It may be possible to shorten
your existing crankarms

Other Short Cranks Available
Short Cranks for Fat Bikes!
Andel 24/36 ISIS MTB Cranks
FSA Alpha Drive
22/36/guard or 22/32/44, ISIS or Square Taper

ISIS BBs are available in FatBike lengths
Track cranks SRAM Omnium & All City 612

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