I am buying new cranks and I was wondering are the Stolen Mob cranks good? I’m kind of strapped for cash that’s why I am getting those. Also I have to get a new bottom bracket to go with those so I wanted to know if I should get the Sputnic bottom bracket.
Tyler, there is no better time in BMX history to be strapped for cash. You can pick up a set of heat-treated chromoly cranks from Stolen for $59, that’s a tough deal to beat, at any skill level. There are a few compromises to consider though, so when trying to save a buck, do your homework. The Mob cranks are 8-spline, which isn’t as strong as 16 or 48-spline spindles, and also requires pinch bolt arms, which you have to be sure to keep tight, but all in all, they are tough enough for most riders in the beginning to mid skill level range. The Mob cranks are also right-hand-drive only, so if you plan to run left-side-drive, these aren’t the cranks for you. On the plus side, they do come with a 19mm spindle, which means whatever bottom bracket kit you choose, you will probably be able to keep it, even if you upgrade your cranks later on. Most Mid bottom bracket kits sell for $22-$25 and are pretty much the same, so don’t stress too much on the brand, just make sure it comes with a center spacer, as well as cone and micro adjustment spacers. Put this crank/BB set up on your bike and you will be ready to ride for the long haul, without a lot of dough out of pocket.
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