Odyssey Thunderbolt vs Merritt Battle Cranks? 170 vs 175?

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2/12/2017 7:40 PM

I am going to buy new cranks either the Odyssey Thunderbolt or the Merritt Battle cranks.
I currently run 175mm cranks and am wondering if I should switch to 170mm.


2/12/2017 8:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/12/2017 8:05 PM

I switched from 175 to 170 and I'm loving it. They feel perfect. I was able to lower my seat a little, and hops feel better somehow. Everything feels better actually. It's a very subtle difference though. Some people don't feel any difference.
As for the choices there, I'd go with the Merritt's, but they are both good cranks. You can't go wrong with either. Personally I like demolition revolts, or fit indents. There's lots of good crank choices now a days. It's pretty great.


2/12/2017 9:31 PM

The odysseys are wayyy better. Get those. But the Merritt cranks wouldn't be the worst choice either.

As for 175 to 170... I am still running 175's because they didn't have 170's on sale when I got my Thunderbolts. I would have preferred 170's. If I were you I'd make the switch.


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2/12/2017 9:43 PM

Thunderbolts, can personally vouch. Been running mine used for 3 years now and they still feel dialed as day 1


2/12/2017 9:45 PM

The Merritt cranks are too new to even say if they're good or a pile shit.

Either way I'd go with the Odysseys just because of the superior wedge interface it uses over the 48 splines that can potentially wear out. The lifetime warranty is always a plus too.


2/12/2017 10:28 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/12/2017 10:29 PM

I personally have just rode 175 but I've heard that a lot of people notice almost no difference when switching from 175 to 170. So don't let that 5mm difference, which is almost non-existing, sway your choice. As for the cranks, I would recommend the thunderbolts because they are most likely stronger and they have a lifetime warranty so you can't go wrong with that.


2/13/2017 12:02 AM

I had twombolts and they were awesome. Thunderbolts would be the only cranks I'd use other than profile


2/13/2017 4:24 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/13/2017 4:25 AM

They both have lifetime warrantys I think. And profile makes good stuff too. I don't know what's wrong with the Merritt's. I'd try them.


2/13/2017 8:58 AM

What's your favorite terrain? Your height?

170s are the way my friend. Short crank converts include Jake Seeley, Clint Reynolds, and Mike Hinkens. The feet are closer together allowing less overall movement to get the job done. I have ran 30/9 with 170mm arms but the leverage of 175mm would be better for the taller ratios? currently on 27/9 with 165mm cranks and 6ft1(1.85m) tall