||Custom Extra Long Cranks Got long legs and can’t seem to use all your power with standard 180mm (or shorter) crank arms? Order a set of Zinn custom extra long cranks and get that extra power you’re looking for. It only makes sense that your cranks should be proportional to your legs, not a length designed for somebody a lot shorter than you! Our extra-long cranks are available with a maximum length of 220mm and are specifically beefed up for bigger riders. You won’t believe the difference they make!
Custom Extra Short Cranks Or, got short legs and have trouble getting your legs around with your standard 165mm or 170mm crank arms? Order a set of Zinn custom extra short cranks and get that extra comfort, efficiency and smooth spin you’re looking for. It only makes sense that your cranks should be proportional to your legs, not a length designed for somebody a lot taller than you! Our extra-short cranks are available with a minimum length of 130mm. You won’t believe the difference they make!
Proportional Crank LengthNo other conclusion makes sense to me. Muscles and joints work most effectively when operating in a certain range of motion. Short riders should not be required to force their muscles through a greater range of motion than the person with an 80cm inseam riding a 172.5mm crank. And on the other end, 7-foot basketball players do not bend their legs any less when they jump than shorter players. So why should they use minimal knee bend and operate their muscles only through a tiny part of their range when they ride a bike?Your legs turning the cranks is what propels you along on your bike, it’s your motor. Proper crank length is crucial to achieve maximum efficiency in your “motor”. Therefore, crank length is one of the most important aspects of bike fit. It’s not enough to just scale the frame geometry to fit a rider. Crank length must also be adjusted, and Zinn Cycles is one of the only manufacturers in the world that makes cranks outside of the standard 170 – 180mm range.
What length? Here is an interesting report and study on crank length by Dr. Martin: http://bicyclecranklength.blogspot.com/Your ideal crank length is in the range of 21% – 21.6% of your leg length. Start by measuring your inseam with your feet 2″ apart. Be sure to measure all the way to the pubic bone. Convert your inseam measurement to millimeters and multiply by .216 and also by .21. This will give you a range of crank length that is appropriate for you.Once you begin riding your custom cranks, your legs will be pedaling at a more natural range of motion. This allows you to use your leg muscles to their full potential. After a short adjustment period, the new crank length will begin to feel more natural. The vast majority of our customers have reported increased power, easier and faster climbing, decreased times on local rides, less fatigue, less joint pain, and overall performance increases when they went to the proportional length crank.
NEW! Check out our newest cranks, the ZIS-2 integrated spindle road bike cranks. Based on our original Zinn-tegrated cranks, the ZIS-2 takes performance and longevity to another level. With our latest advancements, the ZIS-2 is now even stiffer than the previous model providing the ultimate in power transfer for tall riders. Tall cyclists using long cranks can unload an unprecedented amount of power, and the ZIS-2 cranks are designed to harness that power and send you to the front of the pack. The new shot-peened and powder coated surface finish creates a crankset that is extremely durable and resistant to the elements. click here for more information.
ALSO NEW! The Zinn-tegrated MTB cranks are now available, and they are incredible. The stiffness and power transfer provided for the rigors of mountain biking provide tall riders with the equipment performance they need. These cranks are up to the task of the most technical trail riding and will add to any tall racers level of power and performance. click here for more information.
All Zinn integrated spindle custom cranks are designed with an integrated spindle and external bearings, and compete in stiffness to any high end crank in the industry. Lighter and stronger than our square taper model and available in sizes 190mm to 215mm, the Zinn-tegrated mountain bike cranks and the ZIS-2 custom cranks are the most high performance bicycle cranks for big and tall riders available. These are 100% handmade in the USA with American materials. The custom machined finish is unique and beautiful and shows the high quality craftsmanship that is put into every single crankset. ZIS-2 cranks are currently available in 130BCD doubles and 110BCD compacts. Zinn-tegrated mountain bike cranks are available with a 64/104BCD 4-arm spider.
These cranks are custom made products. There may be a lead time. We usually have stock of many sizes, but not always. If an item you order is out of stock, we will notify you of the estimated turnaround time. Email us for availability information.
Zinn Cycles and the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine team up to offer you the world’s best bike fit. Lennard Zinn has been making great-fitting and performing custom bicycles for over 30 years (since 1981). Dr. Andy Pruitt is renowned as the world’s best bike fitter, and has been fitting professional athletes on their bikes for years. Together they form a partnership unequaled in the bicycle business to provide you with the very best fit and comfort available on a bicycle – and on a Zinn bicycle that performs like no other. You will never regret having allowed Andy Pruitt and his team at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine to work their magic with you and your Zinn bike, and it only adds $700 to the price of the bike. You’ll discover the comfort and efficiency that until now only was only available to top professional cyclists. Click here for more information on the Ultimate Bicycle Fit with Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and Lennard Zinn.