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itxtme
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  #822818 21-May-2013 10:12
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I know you said NZ only, but there are some awesome much more affordable offshore options

my fav would be wiggle.co.uk, they do all their prices in NZD for ease, and offer free shipping if you spend $100, they sell all sorts of gear

Another I havent used is Chainreaction.com, have heard good things about them but their free shipping is set at $300, which is getting rather close to the GST threshold.

 
 
 

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  #822819 21-May-2013 10:13
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For commuting, you'll get very little benefit from moving to either Octalink / ISIS or external bottom bracket setups. When I first fitted ISIS (oversized bottom bracket on a splined axle) to my MTB, there was a noticeable difference in climbing... so much so that I actually got off my bike to make sure something wasn't wrong with my clipless shoes, it was that much stiffer!

But really, the reason for the square taper design being replaced came from the upper echelon of the sport where people demanded more direct power transfer (less flex) when they stomped on the pedals, and greater strength to compensate for hard landings as jumps got bigger and bigger. However, from an every day users point of view, the splined interfaces came about as they were THAT MUCH HARDER to stuff up! There's a stop on the axle, so that users can't easily over tighten them and ruin the press fit.
There are downsides to both technology, but the interface you currently have is now only found in the very entry level bikes on the market.

Lykho

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  #822961 21-May-2013 14:11
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well, problem temporarily solved

 

got a second-hand one from a local shop (they had stuff not listed on the website). $25 all up. it seems a little wonky (like my foot points inward at some part in the cycle, not sure why, maybe the arm is a little bent? or my pedal is weird? or the bracket _is_ a little fcuked? or maybe I'm just not used to it yet...s'what I'm counting on), but it's an improvement on a totally rounded wobbly crank.

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