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Question: In which four U.S. cities did Eastern film their Inside/Out video series?

Find the answer by visiting easternbikes.com and looking at their video page.

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Company: Eastern Bikes
Cranks: Stealth Cranks
MSRP: $104.95

Includes: Arms, spindle, bolts and allen wrenches.
Spindle: 19mm heat-treated chromoly.
Spindle Bolts: Yes
Spindle Splines: 10
Sprocket Bolt: You bet.
Colors: Black, white, chrome, red, cream, and artic blue.
Weight: 31.2 oz.

Other:
– Light-weight heat-treated single pinch bolt chromoly 175mm arms
– Spindle and pedal bosses are CNC'ed
– Right hand/left hand compatible
– Rubber-coated Eastern 5mm and 8mm Allen wrenches included.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Stealth cranks give riders a lightweight, easy to install crankset that offers weight-savings and durability comparable to cranksets that cost nearly twice as much. Plus they look great and everyone loves ReRun.” – Leigh Ramsdell, Eastern Bikes

Company: Eastern Bikes
Cranks: Shaft Cranks
MSRP: $89.95

Includes: Arms, spindle, bolts and allen wrench.
Spindle: 19mm heat-treated chromoly.
Spindle Bolts: Yes
Spindle Splines: 8
Sprocket Bolt: You bet.
Colors: Black, white, purple, green, light blue, and red.
Weight: 34 oz.

Other:
– Heat-treated single pinch bolt, chromoly 175mm arms
– Spindle and pedals bosses are forged
– Right hand/left hand compatible
– Allen wrench included for easy installation

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Our Shaft cranks share many of the same features as the Stealth cranks but with greater cost savings for riders on a stricter budget. These are some bad muthas.” – Leigh Ramsdell, Eastern Bikes

Company: Redline
Cranks: Device
MSRP: $140

Includes: Right and left 100% heat-treated crank arms, left or right side drive ready, 19mm x 48t-splined heat-treated chromo spindle, and spindle bolts.
Colors: White and flat black
Sizes:  175mm or 180mm
Weight: 10.5 oz. (298 grams) per arm

Other:
– Grease not included. We recommend Phil Wood grease and nothing else.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"At SBS, we have a crank-testing machine, which will tug and pull on cranks for hours; sometimes days—until they break. We not only test our Flight, Proline and Device cranks, but we also put everyone else's cranks thru the test as well. The Device cranks NEVER broke—we gave up after a week of nonstop pounding. They are the only crank deemed to be "practically indestructible" according to our crank test. The spindle will bend before any crank damage—as proven by Hucker's leap over three Toyota Tacoma trucks to flat bottom landing. The Device cranks held." – gOrk, Redline

Company: Odyssey
Cranks: Twombolt
MSRP: $179.99

Includes: 41 Thermal Arm/hollow spindle unit and Mating arm, wedge cluster, main bolt, sprocket bolt, Ti Prep grease, and various spacers.
Spindle: Hollow, integrated into drive arm. 41 thermal.
Spindle Bolts: One hollow 6mm allen head bolt.
Spindle Splines: No splines. Patented hex/wedge cluster interface.
Sprocket Bolt: 6mm.
Colors: Rustproof black, powdercoat white, and limited colorways.
Weight: 1 lb. 13.5 oz. / 836g
Other:
– Lifetime guarantee.
– Integrated sprocket adapter.

“One-bolt configurations and two-piece cranks have been done before. However, what HASN'T been done before is the Twombolt's unique wedge cluster.  This cluster is the heart of the system, and it addresses all of the issues found on ordinary cranks. The Twombolt’s use an all-new cluster design that optimizes the arm's interface, simplifies assembly, and makes use of a durable AND replaceable elastic retainer band.  Now you can finally say goodbye to the "ankle-biting," bolt-loaded chunks of aluminum and steel found on pinch bolt cranks. Better yet, you can also bid a not-so-fond farewell to the difficult installations and seemingly endless loosening and "wobble" issues found on archaic spline designs.”   “The Twombolts feature an updated mating arm lug for increased durability and improved fit with an integrated, ultra-hollow 22 mm spindle that is nearly 17% stronger than 19 mm versions. This increased strength is possible while also managing to save a significant amount of weight. This weight savings helps to put the Wombolt in the same category as three-piece cranks that rely on weaker, expensive Titanum spindles. Twombolts have greatly improved overall function and performance, proven both in the lab and during extensive long-term riding.  Have Wombolts already? The new Twombolt mating arms and wedge clusters are compatible with existing Wombolt drive arms for seamless replacement parts.”  “The Twombolt arms (with their integrated hex-end spindle) are a 41-Thermal processed assembly, so their strength is backed by a legacy of products with a proven track record for reliability. Guaranteed for life against bending and breaking (as usual). US Patent #7,267,030. Patents pending worldwide.” – Jim Bauer, Odyssey


Company: Colony BMX
Cranks: Colonial
MSRP: $193.00

Includes: Two arms, axle, main bolt, sprocket bolt.
Spindle: 19mm utilizing, 2.5 piece design with one bolt.
Spindle Bolts: Only one of them & it's hollow.
Spindle Splines: 48 spline
Sprocket Bolt: Hollow.
Colors: Black, white & many limited edition colors.
Weight: 26.5 oz. / 750 grams.

Other:
– Our cranks feature a 2.5 piece design, tubular heat-treated crmo arms with a 19mm, 48 splined axle using only one main bolt. They are also supplied with a fitting & removal tool.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“They just are, okay? Haha…nice clean design, lightweight, yet strong, and they hold your pedals in place very nicely.” – Clint Millar, Colony

Company: St. Martin
Cranks: Holloflat 2pc
MSRP: $149.99

Includes: Right arm/axle combo, left arm, left axle bolt, sprocket bolt, axle spacers.
Spindle: 4130 cr-mo, hollow, 22 mm, pressed into right arm.
Spindle Bolts: Self-extracting bolt on left arm.
Spindle Splines: ISIS on left side.
Sprocket Bolt: For micro-drive sprockets.
Colors: Black, dark grey, and blue.
Weight: 550 grams / 19.6 oz.

Other:
– 7075-T6 alloy arms
– 145 mm or 160 mm lengths
– Hollowed.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“St-Martin Holloflat is a flatland specific crank. Unique design. Alloy arms are strong and light. Factory pressed-in right arm/axle interface gives a great stiffness and perfect sprocket and chain alignment. Left side interface, ISIS, also delivers stiffness with easy assembly/disassembly thanks to the self-extracting axle bolt. A few famous flatland riders ride with a Holloflat crank even if sponsored by other brands… Enough to prove the quality and interest of the product.” – Med, St. Martin

Company: Premium Products
Cranks: 16 Spline Crank
MSRP: $129.00

Includes: Crank arms, spindle, hardware
Spindle:  Hollow chromoly
Spindle Bolts: 7075 aluminum
Spindle Splines: 16
Sprocket Bolt: 6mm chromoly
Colors: White oand black
Weight:  1 lb. 14 oz.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Hollow chromo 16-spline spindle makes for the easiest installation. If you've ever put on 48 spline cranks, you were probably sweating by the time you got them on. Our crank arm easily slides onto the 16-spline spindle, and stays tight with pinch bolts. No need to muscle the spindle bolts at all. Crankset is super light and affordable at $129.00 MSRP.” – Derek Betcher, Premium Products

Company: Mirraco
Cranks: Black Label
MSRP: $90

Includes: Crank arms, spindle, bolts, hardware, sealed bottom bracket, and headset.
Spindle: Cromoly
Spindle Bolts: M8 grade
Spindle Splines: 8
Sprocket Bolt: M5 grade
Colors: Black and white
Weight: 1115 grams/ 2.45 lbs

Other:
– 28.6mm O.D. 4130 crank arms
– 175mm
– Pinch bolt

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
The Black Label cranks can be used with mid or American bottom brackets, and can be used with left or right side drive.” – Mike Russell, Mirraco

Company: Solid Bikes
Cranks: Bitch
MSRP: $150

Includes: Available as just arms or arms and spindle with bolts.
Spindle: 22mm, 4140 cromo, hollow, heat-treated
Spindle Bolts: hollow and flush-mounted
Spindle Splines: 48
Sprocket Bolt: yes
Colors: Gloss black, satin black, flat clear, and translucent purple.
Weight: 23.2 oz. for two 175mm arms, 36 oz. with cromoly spindle and bolts.
Sizes: 165mm, 170mm, 175mm, 180mm

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Made in the US with US tubing, gimmick free.” – Aaron Huff, Solid Bikes

Company: Demolition Parts
Cranks: Medial 2.0
MSRP: $139.99

Includes: Crank arms, 19mm spindle, spindle grease, and bolts.
Spindle: 19mm, 48-splined, hollow, heat-treated cromoly.  Also available in Titanium.
Spindle Bolts: 3/8″ X 24 flush mount, included with cranks.
Spindle Splines: 48
Sprocket Bolt: 10 X 1.5mm, included with cranks.
Colors: Teal, brown, black, white, green, and purple.
Weight: 31.8 oz. (175mm w/o BB)

Other:
– Heat-treated tubular chromoly arms with a forged spindle boss that's flush with the arms to reduce ankle scarring.
– RHD/LHD compatible.
– Bottom bracket kit sold separately.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“The 2.0 version of the Medial cranks are lightweight without sacrificing any strength or durability. With our new heat-treatment process and thicker butted walls, you can now have one of the strongest cranks on the market. Backed with a lifetime warranty.” – Brian Castillo, Demolition

Company: Stolen BMX
Cranks: Team
MSRP: $119.99

Includes: Arms, spindle, bolts, and installation tool.
Spindle: 19mm Chromoly (Titanium optional.)
Spindle Bolts: 3/8 x 24tpi flush-mount bolts
Spindle Splines: 48
Sprocket Bolt: 10 x 1.5mm (Compact drive compatible.)
Colors: Black, white, raw, gang green, and neon orange.
Weight:  33.2 oz.

Other:
– P2 Post production heat-treated arms with a time proven design.
– Powder coat paint keep's the cranks looking fresh!

Company: The Shadow Conspiracy
Cranks: Torrid V2
MSRP: $169.99

Includes: Crank arms, spindle, bolts.
Spindle: 19mm heat-treated
Spindle Bolts: Yes
Spindle Splines: 48
Sprocket Bolt: Yes, included. The Torrid cranks can work with a 22 tooth sprocket and up.
Colors: Matt black, white, October orange, electric lime, purple, dark red, and new colors each session.
Weight: 31.8 oz for spindle and both arms; or 10.6 oz. per arm.

Other:
– Patented design, not an off the shelf crank.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“The Shadow Torrid cranks have a male female/body construction, which allows for the pedal and spindle boss to become part of the backbone of the crank’s arm. This construction creates a very stiff and strong crank arm. Also on the V2 we did extensive computer and real world testing, and during this testing time we found by adding the teardrop pedal boss it reduces the stress zone and cerates a deflection of stress around the crank arm rather than a traditional style pedal boss that creates a stress zone at the pedal boss. Look for a complete report on the Shadow site next month about entire development process of the Torrid V2 cranks.” – Ron Bonner, The Shadow Conspiracy

Company: Sputnic BMX
Cranks: Playback Cranks
MSRP: $119.99

Includes: Crank arms, spindle, bolts.
Spindle: 19mm chromoly heat-treated.
Spindle Bolts: Yes
Spindle Splines: 48
Sprocket Bolt: Comes with sprocket bolt and fits a 22 tooth sprocket and up.
Colors: Black, green, blue, trans red, and new colors coming Summer ’09.
Weight: 32.7 oz. with spindle and both arms, or 11.5 oz. per arm.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Rickey Bates has run the same crank arms for one year! That says allot about the Sputnic Playback crank arms.” – Ron Bonner, Sputnic

Company: DK Bicycles
Cranks: Social Cranks
MSRP: $129.99

Includes: Crank arms, spindle, bolts.
Spindle: 19mm chromoly
Spindle Bolts: 6mm flush Allen bolts.
Spindle Splines: 48
Sprocket Bolt: 6mm, low profile.
Colors: Black, white, and grey.
Tools: Crank Puller
Weight: 33.3 oz.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“The DK Social cranks have a machined one-piece pedal boss making the crank arm’s strength to weight ratio amazing.” – Trevor Gay, System Cycle

Company: Fit
Cranks: Flow
MSRP: $144.99

Includes: Crank arms, spindle, bolts, 19mm mid bottom bracket, CNC'd cone washers, spacers, and flush bolts.
Spindle: 19mm heat-treated, 4130 cromoly.
Spindle Bolts: Flush mounted, 3/8" x 24T for use with 6mm Allen wrench.
Spindle Splines: 48
Sprocket Bolt: M10 x 1.5P and M8 x 1.25P for use with a 6mm Allen wrench.
Colors: Flat black and flat white.
Weight: 34.4 oz. (175mm w/o BB)

Other:
– 175mm
– Tubular 4130 cro-mo
– TIG welded
– fully heat-treated
– Powder coated

Company: Fly Bikes
Cranks: 2.5 Piece
MSRP: $165

Includes: Crank arms, sprocket bolt, spindle bolt, spindle.
Spindle: 22mm
Spindle Bolts: Yes.
Spindle Splines: 48
Sprocket Bolt: Yes.
Colors: Blac, white, and raw.
Weight: 29.3 oz.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“We designed this system where one of the arms are pressed and you only need one spindle bolt. The arms consist on a straight plate for axial stress (no bent arms), and a tube for torsion stress (no twisted arms). Other features are the internal machined spindle and sunken spindle bolt.” – David, Fly Bikes

Company: Profile Racing, Inc.
Cranks: Race Cranks
MSRP:  $149.99 (w/o BB) $176.98 (w/ BB)

Includes:  Crank kit comes with arms, spindle, crank installation tool, grease, flush bolts & washers. Crankset comes with all the above and the bottom bracket.
Spindle: 5-3/4″, 48-splined heat-treated Certified Mil. Spec. steel alloy
Spindle Bolts: Steel spindle bolts, grade #8 with tensile strength exceeding 180,000 psi.
Spindle Splines: 48. Profile Racing was the innovator of this industry standard and first used the 48-spline spindle in 1979. This axle design is still used today by Profile and other bicycle crankset manufacturers.
Sprocket Bolt: Same as spindle bolts
Colors: Chrome, black, raw, white, mint, red, blue, metallic purple, sparkle mint and other limited edition colors
Weight: 32.8 oz. (with BB)

Other/Upgrades: Hollow steel spindle, titanium spindle, titanium bolts (spindle & sprocket), mini and nano drive arms, sprocket bolt-less arms, and the most arm length sizes in the industry.

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
“Profile Racing is synonymous with high quality. Our customers receive BMX components manufactured to the highest exact tolerances from the highest grade materials. Steel used by Profile is certified along with the titanium (6Al-4V aerospace quality) so you, the customer, is assured you are getting the best. That's why we can offer a lifetime warranty on our steel crankarms and spindle. Finally, they are made in the USA (right here in our St. Petersburg, FL factory).” – Charlie Fernandez, Profile

Company: KHE Bikes
Cranks: Hindenburg 2pc

Spindle: 19 mm
Spindle Bolts: Yes
Spindle Splines: 48T
Sprocket Bolt: Yes
Colors: Black and white.
Weight:
Street: 814 g / 1.795 lbs (175mm)
Flatland: 684 g / 1.508 lbs (160mm)

Other: 4130 Cromoly arms, additional bolt hole for usage with the 20T chaindisc (Microdrive, invented by KHEbikes).

Why are your cranks better than others, or what makes them different from others on the market?
"It’s one of the lightest and very strong. It’s made with durable Japanese Sanko CrMo tubing. It’s also available in Flatland-version (thinner walls for better weight)." -Thomas Göring, KHE