I've been looking at new, external bearing, hollow axle cranks for my modern road and mountain bike recently. the problem is the prices are astronomical and all you can get are 'me too' carbon things with no life or soul. Add that to the fact that I still love 94bcd for my mountain bike and have recently bought a set of 110bcd road rings and I was hitting a wall.
So, what is a retrobiker to do in this situation:
1) want through axle
2) want external bearings
3) want something that is truly individual
4) want something that will last.
Answer was simple - Bullseye cranks!
First I needed a 94BCD spider and a 110 one for my road bike. Up steps Broady, our resident machinist. From a fairly rudimentary drawing he was able to create a spider that matched the needs perfectly:
Next David Gibson and another RB member helped out with some cranks, one MTB and one Road (they are different because of the axle length). They were both a little tired in the paint dept so off they went to the local powdercoaters, £20 later they looked like new.
Finally, our Maestro of Bullseyes, Gil_m, sorted me with some shims that took the standard 22.2mm Bullseye axles and adapted them to any standard outboard BB (I used Hope). He also supplied the decals.
The whole caboodle came together perfectly and now works faultlessly. they are a little heavier than modern carbon, but its not like I am searching for that extra gram to save, I stopped that when my waistline went over 34":
(Excuse the shitty iphone photos)
94BCD mountain bike on my Seven Sola.
110BCD (tweaked to Campa Record 110BCD - yes I know I need to remove the chainring tab) on my Sevem Axiom SL
So I have now added a number of extra years service on to cranks that are probably as old as many people on here!