Shimano Zee crankset - in brief£109.99

No-nonsense crankset

BikeRadar score4/5

Don’t let its price fool you – Shimano's Zee crankset is a serious performer for the hardest riders.

Sticking with solid forging keeps costs down, but the broad based, deeply scooped arms are still very strong and feel rock solid under your feet.

The steel axle and pedal inserts are designed to cope with the ugliest landings, and the simple plate chainring is impressively impact-ignorant too. It’s conventional, not narrow-wide, but the 104mm BCD makes upgrading easy.

A quality BB is included and you can get aftermarket BB30 adaptors. The arms scuff easily, so get some protective tape on.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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