Truvativ Noir XC 3.3 Team crankset review£394.99

Good looker, but too pricey for its performance

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Truvativ’s Noir has been around for a while and despite regular upgrades it’s off the performance pace. UK distributors Fisher’s recent big price rise doesn’t help either.

The Noir uses a rod-and-wrap carbon structure around a central alloy armature. This ensures correct alignment during construction and creates a usefully tough and stiff arm. The new tungsten anodised rings are proving stiff, tough and durable so far. 

While 818g is relatively light, it’s way too heavy for the price, and the fact you have to buy the compatible bottom bracket (BB) separately is plain cheeky. 

Secure fit is extra grease and torque dependent and the finish wears very quickly in typical UK conditions. The unique floating BB doesn’t last long either. 

The cranks are available in 170mm or 175mm lengths, and the Noir comes with either 44/32/22t chainrings or a 32t with bashring. Singlespeed pimps will love the carbon chainguard-equipped 1.1G version.

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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