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by Shane Stokes
April 17, 2018
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Riders who have been around the block a few times — and especially those who grew up mountain biking in the 1990s — have probably at least heard of Sweet Wings cranks. Made with TIG-welded steel arms with a then-innovative integrated spindle, a machined spider, and a novel splined interface for the two sides, they were freakishly light, but also notoriously unreliable.
Cane Creek has now brought back the concept, and together with original Sweet Parts founder Craig Edwards (who also penned the eeBrake road caliper brakes), has transformed it into the new eeWing. Many of the original design features are faithfully retained, such as the welded arms, integrated spindle, and splined interface.
However, the new eeWing now uses titanium instead of steel, a stouter Hirth-type spindle interface (similar to what Campagnolo and Specialized use for their cranksets), and is now meant solely as a mountain bike product; there is no road version currently, although one would certainly be possible in the future.
A standard SRAM chainring pattern is used for a wide range of chainring compatibility, and the 30mm-diameter spindle will work with threaded, PF86/92, PF30, BB30, BB392EVO, and certain T47 bottom bracket shells. The new eeWing is once again light, but not as outrageously so. Claimed weight is 400g for the arms alone, putting them on-par with most top-end carbon models currently on the market. Interestingly given the original Sweet Wings’ history, though, Cane Creek says the eeWing’s biggest advantage now is its durability.
“Through the course of aggressive riding, you invariably hit your cranks against rocks and other trail features, which causes structural damage to carbon cranks and can lead to them breaking,” said Cane Creek product manager Sam Anderson via press release. “Titanium just brushes those hits off so the eeWings can withstand a lot more abuse than other high-end cranks and not end up structurally compromised or broken. At the same time, they are incredibly stiff so more of the energy you put into each pedal stroke makes it to the back wheel and helps push you down the trail.”
Retail price is US$999, and Cane Creek is backing the eeWings with a ten-year warranty.