Lightning Carbon Cranks

The Lightest Integral Crankset and Bottom Bracket assembly … now available for purchase on-line!

Compatible with SRAM XX1
“I just wanted to follow up and show you the Shiv I built up with the 165 cranks […] You make the best crank on the market, hands down. Funny how you've been at it for so long, and still no one has caught up to you.” — Nick Salazar, tririg.com
TriRig.com Specialized Shiv with Lightning carbon cranks
“California-made Lightning cranks were the preferred choice due to their stiffness and low weight. The cranks are also compatible with most of the bottom bracket designs on the market, including the PressFit 30 used on Calfee’s exquisite bottom bracket lug.” — Road Bike Action magazine (PDF)
RBA's Project Gravel with Lightning Carbon Cranks

Specifications

Crank type / spyder Weight w/chainrings (grams)* Q Factor (mm) Chainline (mm)
None Extralite TA BOR e-shift Road, SRAM MTB
Road 110 BCD 395 500 520 540 150 43.5
Road 130 BCD 405 535 555 150 43.5
MTB 104/64 or XX1 440
420
2×10 – 520g XO; 24×38 – 550g
XX1; 34t – 450g
175 outside,
140 inside
48 double
50 triple
Tandem 130/74 865 162 (130 rear axle)
175 (145 rear axle)
45 (130 rear axle)
53 (145 rear axle)
* Weights shown for SL 170mm arms, BB86/90/91/95 steel bearings. For BB30, PF30, OSBB, BBright: ceramic add 34 grams, steel add 44 grams For BSA and Italian: ceramic add 44 grams, steel add 54 grams. For HD arms add 20 grams.

Key features

Configurations

110 BCD Spyder, Extralite chainrings 110 BCD Spyder, Extralite chainrings

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MTB crank with SRAM 2x10 XX spyder and chainrings MTB crank with SRAM 2x10 XX spyder and chainrings

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110 BCD spyder with 7075 chainrings 110 BCD spyder with 7075 chainrings

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MTB crank with reversible 64/104 spyder

Can be set up for either 2×9/10 double or 3×9/10 triple

MTB crank with reversible 64/104 spyder can be set up for either 2×9/10 double or 3x9/10 triple

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Lightning tandem crankset Lightning tandem crankset

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Coupling details Coupling details
130 BCD Aluminum Spyder 130 BCD Aluminum Spyder
94 BCD 2×9/10 MTB Spyder

Available without logo and/or without spyder.

94 BCD 2×9/10 MTB Spyder Available without logo and/or without spyder
94 BCD 2×9/10 MTB Spyder Available without logo and/or without spyder

Ceramic bearings

Less weight and friction including low friction seals. Not recommended for muddy/wet MTB riding. Available as an upgrade only at the time of purchasing your crank set.

Customer feedback

“The Lightning shifting was actually better (with Stronglight Zephyr rings, 50/36 and Red FD) than it was on my Campag Ultra torque non-compact set-up: shifting between rings was a little quicker and I never dropped the chain off the inside, which happened very occasionally with the Campag.” — Graham B.

“When I spend a good deal of money on something, my philosophy is that I had better see and feel a difference right away. That’s exactly what happened with the cranks. Straight away I knew they were so much more efficient and faster. The first ride was a 30 mile out-and-back ride. I know all the time checks at the various points and know my best times there. At the 20 minute mark I was 1 minute faster. At the 30 minute mark I was 90 seconds faster. At the 15 mile turnaround point I was 3 minutes faster!

“I averaged 19 mph at the end and I think my best average before was 18.3. All this without trying to hammer and go faster. I guess the efficiency and weight savings did it all. So far I have done 3 rides and am amazed each time I ride it. It feels like I have a continuous tail wind. One of the Cat 3 dudes tried to shake me off his wheel twice going to the finale and he couldn’t drop me. I was holding on without too much effort. Just amazing! My hat’s off to Lightning. Thanks.” — James

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