Azonic Meatgrinder FR chainset£189.99

Bashguarded double rings

BikeRadar score3/5

Azonic are one of the most established hardcore componentry providers but these cranks aren’t as slick as we expected. 

At 1,058g for the bashguard-plus-double-chainring version we tested, they’re light enough to work as a trail crank and we liked the 36:22T ratios for all-round use.

There are no ramps or pins on the backs, so upshift is slow and grinding, and they feel flexy compared to hollow arm competition because of the amount of metal scooped out of the back.

Screw-thread tolerances and spline are sticky too and we struggled to get pedals on and off the offside arm – not good for a £190 crank. The skull print finish wears quickly too.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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