Boone's Aluminum Cranks Look Like They're From a 1950's Sci-Fi Film - Pond Beaver 2021

Apr 14, 2021
by Mike Kazimer  

In the 1990s there were multiple small American manufacturers producing gorgeous aluminum cranks. Boone Technologies was one of those companies, but they stopped producing their signature Twist! cranks 25 years ago to concentrate on making titanium wedding rings instead.

Now, they're getting back into the mountain bike world with a machined aluminum crankset that's sure to attract some attention. The polished aluminum and oversized oval shape gives them a retro, sort of 1950's sci-fi look, rather than something that's meant for bashing around off-road.

The Cranx! are made in Kennesaw, Georgia, and are said to weigh 245 grams per arm, and come in a 175mm length with a 30mm diameter spindle. They're priced at $495, and Boone also makes titanium direct mount chainrings for $175 to complete the package.


The cranks that put Boone on the map back in the 1990s.

More info: booneti.com


Pond Beaver 2021





219 Comments

  • 311 1
 Initial orders: all Pole Stamina owners
  • 2 0
 Yep!
  • 152 0
 I like the originals better. Please make those again but with updated standards. I will buy.
  • 43 1
 @makripper: As a heels-in rider the original Twists look like they'd destroy the insides of my ankles.
  • 18 3
 @makripper: 100% agree. Them twists look amazing
  • 4 0
 @Drew-O: good point. They can make the face of the cranks twist portion more flat.
  • 47 0
 @makripper: nah, Boone there, done that.
  • 5 0
 I had the twist cranks... Catastrophically failed. So...perfect
  • 2 0
 @Drew-O: That comment just gave me flash backs. My right ankle still has weird veins from being swollen to twice it's size from smashing into bmx cranks 14 years ago.
  • 19 1
 What is this? The Snyder cut of cranksets?
  • 1 0
 Cracky
  • 5 2
 All 2 who have an intact frame?
  • 1 1
 @scott-townes:
Underrated comment
  • 8 0
 Reminiscent of Cannondale's CODA aluminum cranks of the 90's with an oversize spindle.
  • 6 0
 @makripper: seriously those original cranks look sick. I'd buy too!
  • 6 0
 Cue theramin... Ooooo-weeee-eeee-oooooooh
  • 1 0
 @makripper: mark down a second set for me
  • 1 0
 turk-ee wings
  • 1 0
 @scary1: They are here "To Serve Man"
  • 2 0
 @makripper: working on it now.
  • 2 0
 @makripper: I’ve been programming a new version of Twist lately.
  • 1 0
 @Btboone: thats amazing!
  • 97 0
 I think the old cranks look better, actually.
  • 15 0
 I'll take a set of the old twisted cranks updated to current standards. If not my next phone call is to Cook Bro Racing to see if they can make me a set of their 1990's dog bone cranks.
  • 2 1
 Why would they do this?!?!?
  • 31 1
 @sean916: Cook Bros, Twisteds, Middleburns, original Turbines... why did old cranks look so good and work so poorly?
  • 2 0
 @sean916: so you can break them!? Like every pair that was ridden hard when new??
  • 9 0
 @brianpark: don't forget kooka & their sweet rasta anodizing. pretty, but so snappy.
  • 1 0
 @xy9ine: i once saw a set of kooka cranks split down the middle from pedal axle to bottom bracket taper
  • 2 0
 Nobody is going to talk about Grafton's? My buddy still has a set in purple that aren't broken. Yet.
  • 3 0
 Cannondale's CODA cranks were neat looking too.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: Oh how I dreamed of owning Bullseyes...can't forget the Canadian OGs @ Syncros--those were sweet cranks too!
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Because they worried about them looking good first
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: *raises hand*
Snapped a Grafton Speed Stix.
  • 8 0
 @brianpark: carumba double barrels. Probably the coolest cranks ever!
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: Did the Middleburns really work poorly? I never had one failing. Sure, they were not as stiff as todays cranks (not that I can tell though), and BBs were a real issue at that time with any crank. They looked nice but on today's bikes I think they would look unproportional slim. Turbines or XTR 950s would still look great on any bike though.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: Middleburn still make cranks with updated standards Wink

www.mountainbikecomponents.co.uk/product-category/cranks
  • 1 0
 @Duderz7: Agreed. The cranks of dreams!
  • 2 0
 @cru-jones: I still have a few XTR 950s kicking about and they still look awesome. I mounted a spider from a Deore LX m570 on one of them to be able to run standard 104BCD chainrings.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: because most were made from unforged billet, a material that has a really hard time being svelte and dealing with square tapered axle forces.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Oh, gosh, can we get a "Can you guess the cranks by the silhouette?" article?

Could also work for stems, cantilever brakes...
  • 3 0
 @OceanPhil: totally - I had those on a Fisher prometheus ti frame... oh to have all that stuff back again. I was too poor to keep it and fund newer bikes!
  • 1 0
 @cru-jones: no the pedal eyes just fell off them a lot , until they switched to the forged and machined Rs8 version
  • 45 3
 It's stupid and I love it.
  • 11 23
flag justwaki (Apr 14, 2021 at 13:11) (Below Threshold)
 Suddenly Ewings lose sense...
  • 11 2
 Nice, concise comments like this are what makes you the Editor here, Brian.
  • 6 0
 But they're too cheap. They need to a least cost more than the $580 shop stool.
  • 1 0
 this will be standard feature on every website bike of the day for the next months.
  • 2 0
 Time for a custom frame beach cruiser build.
  • 2 0
 @jollyXroger: put these on the reeb klunker for made in America unnecessary bike!
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: no, it's got to be an expensive custom beach bike that you would never dare taking to one and locking to some pole.
  • 37 3
 A designer of 'futuristic' products from 1953 called, he wants his cranks back.
  • 14 3
 The dentist called from the 50's those are my cranks.
  • 2 0
 @fantaman: Good one.
  • 2 0
 @fantaman: And the French waiter wants his cheese grater back to.
  • 2 0
 Makes me think of Tommorowland at Disney with its 1960s vision of the year 2000 and the "future".
  • 5 0
 Barbarella called - she wants the keyring to her spaceship back.
  • 1 0
 @fantaman: that’s some funny shit!
  • 1 0
 Beat me to it
  • 31 0
 I feel like those guys just modeled their cranks after the flute from The Legend of Zelda.
  • 9 53
flag roxtar (Apr 14, 2021 at 13:00) (Below Threshold)
 Did you just admit to knowing what the flute looks like in Legend of Zelda?
  • 22 0
 It's called an ocari... what?... Who's Zelda?
  • 25 1
 @roxtar: your childhood must have sucked
  • 5 0
 @roxtar: ocarina of time
  • 7 0
 @roxtar: I was thinking specifically of the flute from The Legends of Zelda, a Link to the Past. So yeah.
  • 3 0
 @TOflat: I still remember the music the flute made. Cheers!
  • 3 0
 Ocarina crank! My thoughts exactly.
  • 3 7
flag BiNARYBiKE (Apr 14, 2021 at 17:18) (Below Threshold)
 @roxtar: I liked. Don’t let the haters get you down!
  • 1 0
 Whats next minecraft inspired?
  • 22 0
 Like early Cannondale Coda cranks, but uglier and less useful. Well done.
  • 2 1
 still have a set in my garage. Maybe the heaviest cranks ever made?
  • 2 0
 @bvd453: The aluminum ones that looked kinda like the ones above were quite light.
  • 3 0
 @garrettstories: my mistake. Kooka DH cranks, not Coda. The Kooka DH were solid aluminum with solid spyder. Heav-ee
  • 1 0
 @bvd453: Forgot about the Kookas! Instruments of death.
  • 2 0
 @aaronjb: I had a sweet pair of Kooka's rasta anodized colors. wish I still had them!
  • 13 0
 There is no spoon
  • 12 0
 They are not wide enough
  • 4 0
 yeah the lack of thickness worries me, i think they could snap under pressure
  • 8 0
 I really liked my Boone wedding ring. Probably one of my favorite memories of my marriage! Ahahaha.
  • 3 0
 I still wear my 15 year old Boone ti wedding ring with a hammered finish.
  • 3 0
 @GaryInVA: nice. It always made me smile that I was wearing something from a bike company on my finger. Mine had a nice matte finish and I never worried about beating it up.
  • 5 0
 Still wearing mine, 20 years next month!
  • 1 0
 @tripleultrasuperboostplusplus: congrats on that upcoming!
  • 3 0
 Ours are almost 19 years old! Wife's tensioned diamond setting is still going strong!
  • 2 0
 Amen Amen - Got 12 years on my finger and on my wife's! Hammered finish is long gone tho...
  • 7 0
 Paying a premium to actually have the CNC tool profile run less time to get the exaggerated tool path marks. Up selling less...business genius!
  • 8 0
 175s? What is this, 2017?
  • 5 0
 Have you seen them? it's clearly 1954
  • 3 0
 Also 30mm spindle means the tiny balls in your bottom bracket will be crunchy in 6 months. I think these guys aren't actually riders.
  • 5 1
 @PullMyBrakeLever: 5 bolt spider, stupid proprietary chainring interface. Looks absolutely disgusting. who on earth would buy these
  • 4 0
 I used to work at a bike shop for a while when I was a student. At the back of the shop there was a colleague that had been riding since pretty much day one, at that point on a steel hardtail. Pretty decent guy but he labeled EVERY form of innovation (through axles, grippy tyres, dropper posts and so on) as ‘unnecessary bs’. These cranks made me think of him.
  • 2 1
 I guess suspension isn’t unnecessary BS.
  • 3 0
 @MaplePanda: some people sure thought it was. I've heard roughly that same argument for just about every mtb advancement since the 90s
  • 4 0
 Hey @MikeKazimer @brianpark, Boone Technologies also is doing SS cogs for Microspline! They just dropped today, check out the IG story www.instagram.com/p/CNqE7yCBASg/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

My 22T cog, along with my wheel, should be back in my hands this weekend.
  • 7 0
 I'm a fan of the 1990s version, but the new ones? No thanks.
  • 3 0
 The new ones remind me of Machine Tech cranks from the 90s
  • 7 0
 Does it come with a Jetson car sound emulator?
  • 4 1
 And a set of Judy's.
  • 6 0
 Looks like a RaceFace Turbine re-imagined by someone high on hallucinogens.
  • 5 0
 I immediately went through my mental checklist of personal bikes. This crankset will not look right on any of them. I’ll have to build a new bike for it!
  • 3 0
 Kinda funny, I have 2 sets of these already. And they are beautiful. I don’t know if Bruce intends on producing these forever or just to raise funds for his other bike related projects. But I have 2 sets and they are beautiful pieces of art, can’t wait to get a set onto a build.
  • 6 0
 Huh...I dig them. Weird is fun sometimes.
  • 3 0
 Funny thing is during that time they were "focusing on making titanium wedding rings" you could still order titanium single speed cogs from them. Best single peed cog I ever had.
  • 4 0
 My Boone ti cog on the SS is my most cherished bike part. When they make 170mm or 165mm cranks I’m down for a set with ti chain ring.
  • 6 0
 Somebody forgot to put the finish pass in the CNC code
  • 4 0
 Stress risers are the new performance adders!
  • 2 0
 I used to work for Bruce Boone back in the 90's...super nice guy and an engineering mad scientist! Those chainrings bring back nightmares...I can almost feel my hands going numb from using the electric sanders to polish the titanium for what felt like hours. Can't wait to see these in all kinds of fruity ano flavors ;-)
  • 5 0
 "Meet George Jetson......"
  • 4 0
 Not buying unless they make some baseless aero claims or assert they are the ultimate something.
  • 1 0
 Paid for a Ti chainring probably 2006 or so. Never got it. Lots of B.S. excuses about trying to run a small business and make wedding rings. They stopped responding to email and phone calls. I suspect any order for this crap would likely go unfilled.
  • 4 0
 doubles as a spanner, door stop and an ashtray
  • 2 0
 Don't forget wind chime, fishing lure, and hammer.
  • 4 0
 heavier and more expensive? Where do I buy
  • 3 0
 Gotta use my crank's little concave mirrored surfaces to check my hair before I ride. Oh look, it's perfect.
  • 2 0
 Hope they make the rings for other crank standards. Been listing after their rings and SS cogs since pictures of bikes on the internet became a thing!
  • 3 0
 Danger Will Robinson, DANGER!! I've lost my crank set!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IPPn9t6dyE
  • 3 0
 From bikes to jewelry and then back to bikes... Does that mean that bikes are more lucrative than jewelry?
  • 3 0
 The wedding industry virtually Collapsed last year. This may well have been a do or move.
  • 2 0
 Straight from boone's site:

"The unique curve of these cranks not only provides excellent aerodynamic drag reduction, but also looks great on any bike."

Thanks, boone
  • 3 0
 Is there a package deal with Spengle wheels? I really want to see someone assemble the ugliest expensive bike ever.
  • 1 0
 And a Lauf fork! LoL
  • 3 0
 Those 90's cranks look amazing man, love the twisted look.
  • 4 0
 Actually kind cool
  • 2 0
 Very, very nice artistic touch! If I could afford a show bike these would be the cranks I'd use.
  • 2 0
 I had a set of their Ti chainrings back in the day and I loved them, lasted forever.
  • 1 0
 As for the twisted cranks, las I spoke with Bruce his triple axis machine was down to reproduce the twisted cranks unfortunately
  • 1 0
 I’ll try it on a 3 axis machine instead of a 4 axis.
  • 1 0
 My guess, no one will buy these, man those have to be one of the ugliest cranks ever made, and to think the twisted ones from the 90s were so sweet
  • 3 0
 put the twists on a Lynskey with twisted downtube
  • 1 0
 any company that makes a product just for shits and giggles, without any thought to marketability, will be remembered until the end of time
  • 2 0
 My Mokume inlay titanium ring was made by them. Might need the matching cranks.
  • 2 0
 Smooth the backs of these, and you get the roadies going about aero
  • 2 0
 These were originally designed for carbon fiber 25 years ago, but I pivoted to skin structure titanium when I got laser equipment and could actually laser weld. I knew that I don’t have the proper equipment to make good carbon fiber interfaces with the spindle and pedal interfaces, and that would be a big source of issues with those. Forming titanium is very hard to do because it’s so strong and springy, so I did an aluminum version to utilize a machine I had sitting on the floor and start the ball rolling. The titanium ones would work well for time trials because they are stiff and light and aerodynamic when made into a skin structure. Not so much for aluminum, but I wanted to prove them out. They are surprisingly stiff on my road bike and they do get noticed, both pretty important factors.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a.... GX Crank??
  • 2 0
 Those cranks look like arms from the robot maid in the Jetsons cartoon.
  • 2 0
 I love them. Nothing exceeds like excess.
  • 1 0
 Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • 2 0
 SOLD OUT! Hipsters bought them all...
  • 1 0
 How do you think it made it past the kickstarter stage?
  • 3 0
 If only they were 170mm
  • 2 0
 Can you play the song of time on this? If so, I'm interested.
  • 3 0
 beautiful
  • 1 0
 Looks driven then, and looks driven now... not sure what to think of them...
  • 1 0
 I believe the term you were/are looking for is "Art Deco" and not "50s Sci-Fi film look" ?

Either way, these are fugly.
  • 1 0
 I can't afford these, but REALLY have the urge put a set on a Walgoose for some reason.
  • 2 0
 Are those...speed divots?
  • 2 0
 Need us some Sweet Wings.
  • 1 0
 They were so cool. But the Q factor must have been 190 on the road cranks!
  • 1 0
 Reminds me of the late '90s Middleburn DH crank... (this is a good thing)

www.pinkbike.com/photo/5483755
  • 1 0
 I just want a pair of GX or XT in a clear coat finish. Had high hopes for these based on the thumbnail. Oh well.
  • 1 0
 If Boone can come back, when will Caramba come back with the Double Barrel cranks?
  • 1 0
 I had their Ti cassette back in 96’. Shifted like crap but so light so Didn’t care! And extremely beautiful!!!
  • 1 0
 Imagine how the mud will love sticking around those cranks! Best friends from now on
  • 1 0
 Looks like cheese graters for your shoes.
  • 2 0
 Why ?
  • 2 1
 I feel like these would make some cool hanging lamps.
  • 1 0
 Was there a vote on of this was a good idea?
  • 2 0
 Ze zepplins
  • 2 0
 Boone Crankles
  • 1 0
 Coda called from 1995, they want their cranks back
  • 1 0
 Yes, Coda, or actually Magic Motorcycle was an influence on the design when I first conceived them around 25 years ago. I also made prototypes for the Project 96 Olympic track bikes and saw their oval cross sections. These were meant to be hollow skin structures in titanium. I have some working prototypes of those, but they’re not ready for Prime Time yet.
  • 1 0
 why does no one do cranks with a built in bottle opener?
  • 1 0
 Wow those old twists are actually rediculous nice looking
  • 2 0
 Would take you to Naboo
  • 2 0
 Nicely done! Would buy.
  • 1 0
 Would look ok on a pole i suppose
  • 1 0
 Looks like a fish! I want
  • 1 0
 The chainring is gorgeous!
  • 1 0
 Beautiful cranks... It matches with interior of Pagani Huayra
  • 1 0
 Try cleaning those after the first muddy ride !
  • 1 0
 “Ribbed, for her pleasure”
  • 1 0
 These cranks look like a lure for fishing
  • 1 0
 Originals look far better and more contemporary.
  • 1 0
 175mm??? who uses that ???
  • 1 0
 Me?
  • 1 0
 ngl, they so ugly they cool again.
  • 1 0
 They will look fantastic on the rack on the back of an Airstream
  • 1 0
 Doesn't look ankles friendly
  • 1 0
 The dirt holding ability!
  • 1 0
 Magic Motorcycle, anyone?
  • 1 0
 Just add hooks to that crank arm you can catch tuna with that
  • 2 1
 But why?? For whom?!!
  • 6 0
 This article is kind of a hack job and did a huge disservice to Boones biking history.

Bruce Boone is a legend in the single speed community. His chainrings and rear cogs were not only fluid and artistic, but robust pieces of functional art. Throughout the years these have become coveted by collectors and riders alike for being unique hand fabricated AMERICAN MADE bike parts. In the 90s Bruce produced Bottom brackets, TI chainrings, rear titanium cigs as well as his infamous twisted cranks. All these at a time when there were many players in the industry; and back then Bruce was always plagued by having too many orders and not enough time. Bike parts require a lot of labor and the materials cost for titanium is obnoxious. Bruce being a small time manufacturer decided to focus his efforts on his ring business as margins were better. Throughout the years plenty of people were messaging Bruce about bike parts and he decided to come up with something new and creative. It’s just as much about the design as it is the function, and plenty of people slap their name on billets and call it a crank *cough* white industries *cough* this is something entirely new and creative, for the person who just wants that bike to glide through the air. These cranks are aero, relatively light and blingy as hell. Probably best suited to a gravel bike, but I will be throwing a set on my XC rig when I decide on a new BB.

Buying a set of these cranx isn’t just buying a product, you’re supporting a local manufacturer produce items that you will never see anywhere else, and help him to raise more funds to get tooling for some of his titanium projects which are far more interesting IMO.

When I ordered my 2 sets, it’s because I wanted a pair to use and a pair to save.and I will likely be ordering 2 of everything he comes out with just because I love his company and want to see him succeed. I never imagined there would be so many negative comments. I love the fact that they’re wonky looking. They will look great on my Dean Duke TI frame
  • 3 1
 @330ci: Cool sales pitch brah!
  • 2 0
 @330ci: Can confirm! As I mentioned in a comment below, I used to work with Bruce back in the '90s when I was in high school. Super awesome guy...and as you mentioned, too many orders and too little time/staff.

One interesting fact not mentioned above is that, as I was told, his company was acquired by GT Bicycles after the '96 Olympics...after we worked on Ti parts for the super-thin and very aero USA track bikes. From there, I heard that he moved to Florida, where he started producing Ti wedding rings full time.

I remember seeing the rings cranked out on the lathe by the dozens as a side project before seeing them so widely available like they are these days. He even made me a tension-setting engagement ring...where he sectioned and grooved a titanium band and used it's naturally springy properties to pinch the diamond and hold it in place.

After falling out of the cycling scene for 10+ years, coming back in...it seems like everything is a "sea of sameness"...I'm glad to see that cycling's Willy Wonka is back and making the kind of eye candy that he's known for.
  • 1 0
 @330ci: they are definitely not for everyone. They also are hard to photograph well due to the curves. In my eyes, they’re pretty nice looking in person and work well. The end game was the titanium skin version of these. Very hard to produce so I don’t know if they will ever see the light of day, but crazy light, so they float on water. I’m getting a lot of feedback that people would like to see the Twist! Cranks again, and I’ll see if that can happen on a different machine and process.
  • 3 3
 I'm all for metal products over plastic. However these are a bit much.
  • 1 0
 Cranks!
  • 2 1
 ok... but why!
  • 1 3
 Boone Cranks...made in Kennesaw Ga...,makes sense because if they had been made in Boone, they'd actually look good.
  • 1 1
 Are you referring to Boone County West Virginia? Smile
  • 1 0
 @bowser07: nope boone Nc
  • 2 3
 Looks like a cuttlefish bone...so ugly
  • 4 7
 Looks like a session
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