Interloc Racing Design, or IRD has designed and fabricated a new 144bcd track crank that looks a lot like the old Campagnolo Pista cranks. They changed one crucial thing though; the taper. The IRD cranks are JIS taper; a taper with far more inexpensive bottom bracket options and at a MSRP of $160, that puts these cranks in a really accessible pricepoint. Cold-forged and CNC machine out of 7070-T6 alloy, they’re plenty strong for street use.
Bringing back retro stylings should be on the tables for Campagnolo. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they’re willing to address that market. In the meanwhile, some will hunt for the originals and some will buy the imitations.
These cranks are coming into Superbe Bicycle in Boston. Call the shop up to reserve a pair or call your LBS and order a set through them. If the cranks are that inexpensive, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t support your LBS!