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Your compact Quarq CinQo is waiting for you

I’m a fan of the Quarq CinQo powermeter.  I have a compact crank sitting in my basement right now that I bought specifically to deck out with the unit.  However, by the time I got around to affording a powermeter, I had graduated to a standard crank.

Well, now the CinQo is available for anyone interested in putting one on their compact crank… as long as it is one of the cranks that will take the unit.  Come to think of it, if there is anyone out there that would like to start measuring their power output, I have a very nice SRAM S900 crank I will sell you.

I don’t believe I will be switching out my cranks.  If I need to get some easier gearing, I’ll do it on the backend instead of at the bottom bracket.

Anyway, here is the announcement from Jim Meyer – the originator of the Quarq CinQo power system:

We now have a limited quantity of the 110 BCD CinQo Saturn Compact for SRAM S900 cranksets.   The wait is finally over for those of you wanting to run the 50/34T compact ratios with the CinQo Saturn powermeter.

You can place your order via our webstore: www.quarq.us/store. Orders will be filled in the order in which they are received.

We have plenty of SRAM S900 cranks in stock (including 177.5mm length). You are also welcome to send us your cranks and chainrings to us for the CinQo assembly and calibration.

We’ve received many inquiries regarding the use of Rotor Q-rings with the compact CinQos. In order to use Q-rings on the compact CinQo, you must use the “OCP3” 110 BCD outer ring. The inner 110 BCD Q-ring requires modification in order to fit properly. We can do the necessary modification here.

Please keep in mind that there are a limited number of these CinQos available. They are on a first come, first serve basis. We will start shipping these CinQos on August 17, 2009.

We will continue to add additional inventory to the webstore as we have it ready.

Seriously, though, I do have one of those S900 cranks in very good condition.  Whether you plan to do the powermeter or just want to upgrade to a nice, light weight, crank with carbon arms, let me know.  We can work out a deal.

Bye, bye, triple

I no longer have a triple crank on my Allez. I’m now going to try to make it with two front rings. I’ll let you know what I think about it whenever I get a chance to try it out.

So, why did I do it? It was because ever since I got the bike the bottom bracket has made a racket. Whenever I would climb under load, it sounded like the crank was going to pop off the bike. Besides the physical stresses that most have been going on in there, I’ll add the mental annoyance of hearing that over and over again.

Turns out the problem was a documented issue with that crank set. So, the answer was to replace it. The deed is done, but I won’t get to test it out until tomorrow evening.

Hope my upgrade to a Shimano comp will cut out the racket!

I’m told that I really will have the same range at the triple with the added value of a solid bottom and smoother shifting. Somehow I am a little skeptical that the lower range of the gears will spin quite like the triple. I’ll let you know…