Race Face’s Atlas FR crankset is a proven workhorse with useful axle versatility. The arms are externally machined rather than hollow to keep weight reasonable and strength and stiffness are well proven over years of use.
Unlike most cranks, the thick-walled chromoly X-Type axle is fitted to the offside arm. It needs cranking hard to fit on but comes in 83 and 100mm lengths (as well as standard) to fit broad bracket bikes.
The cranks are sold separately or in single-ring, double-and-bash or triple-ring setups and there are nine anodised colour options. If you can wait a bit though there's a replacement Atlas crank in the pipeline that’s slightly lighter and gets the new easier-fit EXI system.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK