Shimano Hone Double Chainset review

Hone is basically a beefed up 'All Mountain' version of LX, making it a great option for aggressive riders on a budget. The Hollowtech II forged crankarms are the same super stiff and sturdy piece as LX, but with steel pedal thread plugs and integrated axle to handle extra stress from big landings.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£110.00 RRP
Shimano Hone Double Chainset

Our review

A superb tough, great value nugget - if you don't need taller gears.
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Hone is basically a beefed up ‘All Mountain’ version of LX, making it a great option for aggressive riders on a budget.

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The Hollowtech II forged crankarms are the same super stiff and sturdy piece as LX, but with steel pedal thread plugs and integrated axle to handle extra stress from big landings. The whole crank (even in triple form) is still within a gram or two of all alloy LX. The double version comes with a steel inner ring and tough, broad polycarbonate bash guard which work great. But the 32 tooth middle ring leaves it slightly short on speed for more open trails and a bigger ring will need a bigger bashguard.

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That’s the only downer, though, as the steel axle seems to prolong external BB life slightly especially if you get your BB faced properly.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Hone M601-2 Chainset (32-22T)
Brand Shimano

Description Includes bash guard
Length (mm) 175
Removal Tool Supplied Yes
Weight (g) 911
Available Colours Black/Grey
Gearing 22/32
Bike Compatibility Shimano 7spd Shimano 8spd
Bracket Type External Bearing
Bottom Bracket Type Hollowtech II
Crankset Finish Powder-Coated
Bottom Bracket Shell Compatibility 68mm 73mm