This is a wonderfully smooth touring crankset and bottom bracket. I like the gearing. The top in gives me enough speed on quick commutes and the bottom end gets me up the steepest hills, even when the bike is loaded (using an 11-34t cassette). Thought I would remove the guard but it is minimal enough and I don't have to worry about my FD overshooting the chain past the big ring if it gets out of adjustment. Also, Merlin has the best price and standard mail shipping to US was just 9 days. Well worth the wait considering the price!
I have this chain set fitted to a sabbath september and have just completed a week riding in the Scottish Borders very hilly country this new XT set is a big improvement on the Deore inboard bearings it replaced .I need Mountain gears with a 11/34 cassette at rear . Top marks for Merlin Cycles very fast response to my order I think one day from pressing the buttons at my end. I will trade with them again
Good product, only 40g heavier than the standard XT mountain chiainset and you can always take the knock ring off to reduce the difference.
The extra gearing gives a standard mountain setup slightly more legs, ideal for a fast xc focussed hard tail bike.