This is the sort of chainset you might consider if you’re building a ﬁxie from scratch and want shorter than usual cranks. These cranks are 165mm long – the sort of length that’ll give you extra clearance on a velodrome’s banking and which could also come in handy when cornering on a ﬁxed-wheel bike.
The 130 BCD chainset comes with a CNC-milled 46-tooth chainring in 6061 aluminium and forged 2014 aluminium crank arms, though we’d expect better ﬁnishing quality on these for the price. If you’re riding them a lot on salted roads you’re going to have to keep them clean if you want to keep the highly polished ﬁnish.
As for compatibility, this’ll need to be matched with a square taper (JIS-type) bottom bracket. A 103mm BB is probably the ideal for keeping a narrow Q-factor (the distance between the pedals), and TA’s Axix bottom bracket would be a sound choice (available in lengths from 103-125mm for around £44).
You’ll also need a 1/8in chain. We’d probably go for something like KMC’s Z510 gold chain, which represents good value at just £6.49. Paired with a 17-tooth freewheel it’ll give you a 73in gear – great for general street riding and the occasional gradient.
Out on the road, the Gran Compe feels reassuringly stiff and efﬁcient, just what you want when riding ﬁxed. Overall this is a pretty decent chainset for creating your own ﬁxie, though the price is on the high side.