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I can’t give an answer but I’m interested if anyone else knows it! With an 08 or 2 in the pipeline, I don’t trust the plastic Gibson cranks and am looking for an alternative. Markits now advertise ‘solderless keyed outside cranks’ which look a proper job and I’m assuming they are self-quartering although it doesn’t say. 3 styles of crank which look very nice too. The only problem there is that you have to use their wheels with the redundant crank boss, which I don’t really want to do. Still, if anyone has used these I’d be interested in how they got on. Ideally we’d mix Gibson wheels with Romford axles and cranks but I really don’t think that’s possible unless anyone knows differently?
In terms of fixing a nickel crank to the axle I was planning to experiment with a tight fit, forced half on in the vice, quartered then forced the rest of the way with a drop of Loctite 603 for good measure. Only 2 critical wheels of course so not as desperate as it sounds (I hope).