Thanks for all the feedback on the 16mm Zeus crank bolts. Taking Harvey's suggestion, I went to the local auto parts store, bought a socket for $2.98 and the after a few minutes on the bench grinder made my very own thin-wall Zeus crank bolt socket®. Cranks are off! Next comes the bottom bracket.
I didn't get any suggestions on the frozen Cinelli stem with the stripped out binder bolt, though. (I turned the fork upside down on the stand and filled the inside with a rust-remover type liquid for an hour. The parts store didn't stock Kroil.) Should I attempt to drill out the top of the bolt? Dremel? Thoughts?
Fred Yavorsky Jenkintown, PA
> In my experience, most 5/8 sockets fit 16 mm, if you can't get a 5/8 easily
> in Jenkintown :-). Get a cheapo, preferably 16, and grind the outside to fit,
> with a handy little bench grinder. Doesn't have to be perfect or pretty. Then
> you can use the 16s over, or use campy-type 15s. I've never seen a crank bolt
> that didn't use the same threads.
> harvey sachs
> mcLean va
> Fred, Zeus did use a standard Campy 22mm crank extractor. I'm pretty sure
> I've gotten Zeus 16mm bolts out with the Stronglight socket you speak of,
> though it is a very tight fit. The problem was they used the 22mm extractor
> thread, so there was no more room than on a Campy crank, but they put a 16mm
> bolt in that same space instead of a 15mm like Campy. Sutherland's speaks
> of a Zeus tool for these crank bolts, but I've never seen one. I've also
> heard that one can buy thin-walled sockets, though I don't know how hard
> these are to find.
> Jerry Moos
> Houston, TX
> I had this same problem with my '78 Zeus Criterium. At one time I lived
> within range of a now deceased bike shop in Albuquerque that was a major
> Zeus seller in its day. According to the owner, the crank bolt takes a
> special thin wall Zeus tool. It was designed like this so as to forgo the
> need for crank bolt covers to keep out dirt.
> Tom C
> 16mm Zeus.........................crank arm bolt wrench!..................In
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