eeWings All-Road Crank Arms with Stages Power
Yes, carbon seems to be the material of choice these days for almost every bike component, including cranks, and they've certainly proven their benefits in the stiffness and weight saving department. We do, however, have a soft spot for the looks of cranks made of metal and when we learned that the eeWings All-Road Crank Arms with Stages Power from Cane Creek had a claimed 20 - 30% stiffness increase over premium carbon cranks on the market, all while coming in at a comparable weight, we knew we had to have it on our gravel and all-road bikes. That type of riding demands for cranks to be as light and strong as possible, and we require durability, and stiffness so thankfully eeWings' titanium construction delivers and it's likely to outlast many of its carbon counterparts. Add in the wattage sensing Stages powermeter pod and you have a crankset that’s absolutely drool-worthy.
The eeWings cranks are another collaboration between Cane Creek and Craig Edwards, who was the driving force behind the proven eeBrakes. He originally designed a similar titanium crank, dubbed Sweet Wings, way back in 1994 and at the time they were the lightest and stiffest cranks available. In fact, much of its designs and features were 10-15 years ahead of its time and help influence crank designs to this day. Cane Creek realized the potential of embracing this design to create something timeless and different, and here we are with these gorgeous titanium cranks that rival the performance and weight of carbon but are able to take much more of a beating. This makes them a perfect option for the mix of on- and off-road terrain we typically ride on our gravel bikes, but they should not be discounted as an option for your road bike as well. And perhaps the best part, to make them look like new again all it takes is brushing them up with a green scouring pad.
Much like the eeBrakes we also carry from Cane Creek, we're super impressed by the flyweight construction, attention to detail, and absolutely zero compromises. To achieve this, the eeWings arms are constructed of Grade 9 Ti-3AI-2.5V, while the Hirth joint and chainring interface, spindle, pedal inserts, fastening bolt and washer, preload bolt, and chainring bolts are Grade 5 Ti-6AI-4V Titanium. Another thoughtful and high-quality feature includes the 7075 CNC aluminum bottom bracket preloader, no plastic and wood screw parts here, thankfully. The crank weighs a mere 395 grams which are within the weight range of premium carbon cranks, but as mentioned above are a claimed 20% to 30% stiffer. Cane Creek is so confident in the eeWings quality and durability that it backs the cranks with a 10-year limited warranty. The arms are available in 170, 172.5, and 175mm length, and its 30mm spindle is compatible with many bottom brackets on the market. The chainring interface is for SRAM X-SYNC Direct Mount Chainrings for a 1x setup, with 110 BCD spiders available separately for 1x and 2x setups.
Of course, the powermeter itself is worth a mention too which only adds a nominal 15-grams to the crank's base weight. Tucked inside this little pod are strain gauges and an updated accelerometer that measures force and rotation delivering the power readings to your head unit with a claimed accuracy of +/- 1.5%, which is right in line with other quality power meters on the market. The meter also incorporates Stage's Active Temperature Compensation (ATC), which compensates for the natural expansion and contraction of the strain gauges and adjusts the readings depending on external temperature. ATC accounts for those temperature changes without requiring you to stop pedaling in order to zero the system. Other weather factors to consider are the rain and wet, and Stages protects the power meter with a water resistance rating of IPX7, keeping the internal electronics dry during rainy rides and bike washes. Stages meters are mountain and 'cross bike tough even through creek crossings and post-race power washings, and the IPX7 rating gives the meter protection from the wet in 1-meter deep water for up to 30 minutes. The power meter is powered by a readily available CR2032 battery and offers up to 175 hours of riding with data, with an easy to replace and simple Philips head screw access point. Gen 3 models receive upgraded Bluetooth LE and ANT+ radios which offer a 6-time improvement of data transmission strength so your head unit never misses a watt. Additionally, wireless firmware downloads are available to keep the power meter up to date.
- Cane Creek's titanium all-road crank with a 30mm spindle
- Compatible with most BB standards including threaded, PF86, PF/BB30, etc.
- Stages powermeter adds the ability to chart fitness metrics
- 395g of Ti goodness rivals the weight of premium carbon cranks
- Claimed 20-30% stiffer than leading carbon cranks as well
- Easy to make the finish look new again with a green scouring pad
- Uses a 3-bolt SRAM X-Sync Direct Mount chainring interface
- 1x chainrings and 1x/2x direct mount spiders sold separately