FIRST LOOK: APPLEMAN 2XR CRANKSET
When less is more
Minneapolis Minnesota custom carbon frame builder Matt Appleman felt there was a hole in the crank market where traditional arm lengths left many without a proper fit, power, and comfort. Appleman set out to fill this void with his own 2XR modular design crankset with arms that comes in 10mm increments from 135mm to 175mm long. According to Appleman, increasing or decreasing crank length by 10mm can have a significant effect on hip and knee flexion throughout the pedal stroke, moving the rider into a better position and providing comfortable repeatable engagement. These made-in-the-USA cranks are compatible with most readily available chainrings, require just a 5mm allen key to install or adjust, and are designed around a 30mm spindle available in five bottom bracket widths for road, adventure, mountain, mid-fat, and fat bikes. The cranks have a five-year limited warranty, come in eight different colors, and retail for $485.
(Appleman Press Release)
Bespoke carbon frame builder Matt Appleman designed this beautiful crankset with user-friendliness and practicality in mind. Manufactured in the USA and designed and produced locally in Minneapolis, the 2XR crank is Appleman’s unique and progressive vision of how componentry affects overall bike fit and rider comfort.
Bike fit is arguably the most essential aspect of a cycling experience that will keep people in the saddle. Matt Appleman noticed an industry-wide pitfall with the offered crank lengths supplied and recommended by the major manufacturers. The 2XR cranks were developed to provide solutions for those struggling with fit issues on the bike or those looking to get more power and comfort from each pedal stroke. Additional aerodynamic benefits and less chance of pedal strike come from utilizing a crank tailored to your body, not pressed upon the rider by antiquated industry standards.
The 2XR cranksets are offered in 10mm increments from 135mm to 175mm and are aimed to fine-tune a crucial contact point on the bike. Increasing or decreasing crank length by 10mm can have a significant effect on hip and knee flexion throughout the pedal stroke, moving the rider into a better position and providing comfortable repeatable engagement. Three different spider options make these cranks compatible with readily available chainrings. Designed around a 30mm spindle and requiring only a 5mm allen key to install and adjust, the 2XR crankset is a breeze to service while trailside or swap cranks between bikes without needing proprietary tools.
- Manufactured in the USA
- Available in 135mm, 145mm, 155mm, 165mm, and 175mm lengths
- Compatible with 30mm spindles in 5 bottom bracket widths for road, adventure, mountain, mid-fat, and fat bikes.
- 110mm BCD road spider, 104 BCD mountain spider, and 144 BCD track spider.
- MSRP: $485 (black or silver). Choose from 8 additional colors for crank arms (+$50), spiders (+$25), and spindle bolts (+$25). Each part can have a different color for a truly custom look.
- Warranty: Limited 5 year.
For more information please visit Appleman’s website.