Shimano XTR M952

These are the cranks that took Shimano away from square taper cranks and into spline interfaces.  However, the spline interface was short and as a consequence not particularly robust.  Shimano's next versions of their MTB splined interface cranks used about the twice the contact area.  The cranks also used a proprietary BCD for the chain rings. Shimano has a habit of doing this with its XTR cranks, but thankfully, the M952 cranks have a removable spider.  Use the spider from a set of XT or LX cranks to convert to 104/64mm BCD.  Middleburn also make a replacement spider.

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Shimano XT v-brakes

Almost as good as the XTR M952 v-brakes, but once the linkage developed wear (even on these M750 versions with the reinforced linkage plates) the pads would flop around. 190g.

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