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With 10-speed cassettes having 36 tooth big cogs, the door was opened for re-evaluation of the standard triple crankset. For many riders, some of the available gear options would be redundant and unnecessary with a 3x10 setup, not to mention some gears at the bottom or top of the range would generally be unused. And since we all quest for simplicity and lightness, 2x10 drivetrains make a lot of sense. Like their XTR Trail and Race groupsets, Shimano XT cranksets get different gearing options.

While their 3x10 option is intended for trail riders, this Shimano XT 2x10 Hollowtech II Crankset FC-785 is perfect for riders that prefer to pedal hard over slowing down to smell the flowers. Shimano's 2x10 chainring set delivers faster, easier shifts. The reason why is the elimination of the ambidextrous middle chainring. The little ring is designed exclusively to allow the chain to go to the big and vice-versa. Neither has to do double duty. And with a Shimano asymmetric chain, the system is optimized throughout.

The Hollowtech II arms have been reshaped with an asymmetric design that's different yet evokes the sophistication of XTR. The right arm is pressed together with the hollow 24mm spindle at the factory, and the splined left crankarm mates to the spindle during installation and is secured with perhaps Shimano's best detail -- two pinch bolts to secure the arm once the bearing preload is dialed in perfectly. In our experience, it's a superior design in terms of installation, performance, and durability.

The Shimano XT 2x10 Hollowtech II Crankset FC-785 is Black and has a 104/64mm bolt circle diameter. You'll choose between 40/28t or 38/26t gearing options. The big ring is ramped and pinned for easier shifting. It's available in 170-180mm lengths in 5mm increments, and the bottom bracket is included.

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Hello, you send to Brazil? free shipping...

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Hello, you send to Brazil? free shipping?

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If I got the 28-40, could i replace the...

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If I got the 28-40, could i replace the 28 with a 26?

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As we all know XT is the workhorse of Shimano. Not only will it not break the bank but it will last forever. I ordered my girlfriend a full XT groupo because I knew it would withstand the punishment. I just upgraded her group to a 1X setup with a wolftooth and I must say that I’m jealous of her little ripper now.

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Is the listed weight of 740g including the...

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Is the listed weight of 740g including the BB or no? Other websites list it and comparable cranks at around 820g. Shimano itself does not list weights of their products. Hard to find the truth it seems. Have any customers here weighed theirs?

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specs say BB Threading: English, yet lists...

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specs say BB Threading: English, yet lists a press fit bottom bracket part number. So is it press fit or threaded?

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Will this crankset work on frame with a...

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Will this crankset work on frame with a PF30 bottom bracket?

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This crankset combined solid Shimano shifting performance with a package this is lightweight and Strong for a steed from XC to DH. DH? Really? Yes, the 104 BCD allows you to run a single ring easily if you'd prefer. From the hollow crank arms to sturdy chainrings, this crankset can take some abuse. It includes an English threaded BB.

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The Standard in Cranksets

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Shimano's Hollowtech II system is the best crankset design on the market. It delivers top-notch stiffness with bombproof durability. When the time comes to overhaul your crank/BB (which isn't very often with Shimano), the simplicity and ease of doing so is also the best out there. The non-driveside crankarm is secured with triple redundancy, so there is simply no way it will loosen. My only complaint with Shimano doubles is the chainline is a bit closer than with SRAM, something to note if you are running any sort of guide system.

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You Don't Actually Need "Better" Crank

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The Shimano XT Dyna-Sys Double crankset is a get it done well component...Light, stiff, and solid...the Dyna-Sys chainrings are stiff and shift awesome. Don't hesitate to upgrade your heavier, old crank with this won't regret it.

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Light, bombproof, stiff.

You get all three. It's a wonderful thing. Truthfully, you could run most any crank from Shimano and be happy with it. This one looks better, is a tiny bit stiffer and lighter, and shifts marginally better than lower-tier cranks. Well worth the dollars.

My current bottome bracket is a 73, is...

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My current bottome bracket is a 73, is this one compatible with the 68/73 standard

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Yes, the BB comes with spacers to run with 68mm frames.