Fifteen.G Hive chainset review

Innovative mid-range cranks

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £199.99 RRP | USD $274.95
Fifteen.G Hive chainset

Our review

Stiff, mid-priced, mid-weight crank with an innovative, super-secure fit
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This unique new crankset packs in a lot of cunning tech for the money. For a start, the 30mm diameter aluminium axle still fits in a standard bottom bracket shell.

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This is due to unique extra wide external bottom bracket cups using special Japanese bearings behind a floating seal. The left-hand crank then fits onto the axle using a tapered triangular polygon rather than a square or splined design.

According to Fifteen G and Austrian tank transmission research, this gives a much stiffer and more reliable full-contact fit. It certainly feels stiff underfoot and there’s a big strain and ‘ping’ effect when you take them off, which suggests they’re on seriously tight.

The machined crank arms use an asymmetric design with a slimmer driveside arm and U-section offside to transfer the increased stiffness right out to the pedals. We’ve only been running it for two months but it’s seen a full-on, filthy weather period and so far the external wrapover seals have kept everything inside clean and silky smooth.

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The shifting isn’t quite as sharp as Shimano though, and the anodised arm finish is already starting to scuff, but otherwise it’s a tempting alternative transmission option whose ultimate longevity we’ll report back on as 2010 continues.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Hive Chainset (10)
Brand Fifteen.G

Weight (g) 711
Features 44/32/22, bb shell: 68, 68E, 73, 73E
Available Colours Black
Material 7050 Aluminium
Crank Arm Lengths 170mm 175mm 180mm