First Look: The Hive Fifteen.G Mountain Bike Cranks

by Robb Sutton

The Hive - Fifteen.G Triple Cranks

The Hive bike components sent over a set of their triple ring Fifteen.G cranks for review on Bike198.com. I first became aware of The Hive components with their introduction of a unique hub coined the Chub, so I was floored to get in some of their components.

Triple Ring Fifteen.G Cranks from The Hive

From bythehive.com:

Fifteen.G brings you cutting edge mountain bike components. If we can’t engineer a product that provides a tangible benefit, we’d just as soon work on something else. (Don’t expect to see a Fifteen.G (insert something stupid here) any time soon. Just saying.)

The Fifteen.G crankset uses a novel combination of features to provide a class leading value in a lightweight cross country/all mountain crankset. Total weight with bottom bracket: 802 grams.

Forged and CNC machined arms are attached to a 30mm aluminum spindle using a proprietary polygon interface (Based on DIN 32711 P3). The cranks spin on an oversized external bottom bracket bearing system, including an integrated non-contact shield.

  • Weight: 711 grams
  • Arm Material: 7050 AL
  • Arm Lengths: 170, 175, 180
  • Spindle Material: 7050 AL
  • Ring Material: 7075 AL
  • Ring Sizes: 44/32/22T
  • BB Shell: 68, 68E, 73, 73E
  • Chainline: 50mm
  • Colors: blackout

Fifteen.G Cranks: Initial Thoughts

Out of the box, the Fifteen.G cranks from The Hive are impressive. The quality craftsmanship of the cnc arms is amazing with a great black coating that appears to resist scratching. I am a sucker for black cranks (even had all of my Shimano XT’s powdercoated black) so the all black color scheme is really appealing.

I haven’t mounted the cranks to a bike yet, so I am not sure about the proprietary axle setup until I really dive into the install. These did come shipped with the optional bottom bracket that is a nice polished aluminum.

So far…looks like a promising, lightweight crank from the group over at The Hive. Now…I just need to get them mounted up and dirty.

More On The Hive

Established in 2008, The Hive is committed to improving cyclists experience through the relentless application of engineering and design principles. Based in Petaluma, California, The Hive also has offices in San Luis Obispo, California, and Taichung Taiwan. The roots of The Hive brand were set in place by years of personal experience as cyclists and members of the cycling industry.

Every member of The Hive is an avid cyclist, and was drawn to the industry from a basic love of cycling. Now through The Hive, they intend to improve the experience of cyclists everywhere by developing products that are distinguished by innovative technical features, superb engineering, and industry-leading finishing. Products produced by The Hive will set the standard by which other products are measured.

Learn more here.

Brandon SemenukBrandon SemenukEVOC Hip Pro 3L Hip Hydration Pack for Mountain Biking
1 comment

1 comment

Jay March 3, 2010 - 8:33 am

Well, no matter what else that crank is, it IS pretty.

Reply

Leave a Comment

Related Posts