Any experience with "offset" q-factor

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  1. scottz123

    scottz123 New Member

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    Exploring putting XT L/S crank arm (with power meter) on Ultegra crank.
    This would offset L/S 12mm. I could add 20mm pedal extender to R/S, this would leave me 8mm wider on R/S Any experiences dealing with off set Q- factor like that? I have read on another forum that 6mm on some bikes out of box is normal. thanks in advance
     
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    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    Okay ...

    I'm an inquiring mind.

    WHY ARE YOU MIXING CRANK ARMS?

    I presume that you are talking about a Hollowtech II (HT2) crankset rather than an Octalink Crankset because the latter use two different Octalink splines.

    If properly installed, there is NO offset difference between the left side & the right side crank arms from the centerline of the bike!

    If you are missing the left crank arm for ANY Shimano crank, then you can either order a replacement through your LBS (yes, it will be fairly expensive) OR if you need an XT-compatible arm, then you can probably substitute an SLX-or-LX HT2 crank arm cannibalized from a "complete" crankset.

    The same is true if you are missing a left Road crank arm for a Shimano crankset -- either order a replacement or cannibalize ("borrow") one from a less expensive Shimano crankset which uses the same type of BB.
     
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    scottz123 New Member

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    Thanks for your input! Yes Hollowtech II

    I am considering investing in a "Stages Crank Arm" Power Meter http://www.stagescycling.com/stagespower-models

    Being on a budget (I guess who isn't), I am exploring buying the XT w/power meter in it and being able to make it work on my CX/road bike. $800 for ultegra crank w/power meter

    It will not work the other way - Ultegra arm on XT crank (not enough clearance for power sensing unit) http://www.stagescycling.com/support-compatibility
     
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