RaceFace Turbine crankset review£304.90

Classic all-rounders

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RaceFace’s old Turbines were classic all-rounders and this new tough, versatile set seems to follow suit. They’ve stuck with forged and externally machined construction rather than going for a hollow forged arm, and the axle is attached to the offside rather than driveside arm. They fit more smoothly than old Turbines and are impressively stiff when you’re stamping or searching for traction feedback.

They’re covered by a lifetime warranty and the Turbine bottom bracket has a titanium coating and new seals for extended life too. The laser-etched hard anodised double rings look great, last well and shift smoothly but do use a unique 120/80mm bolt circle diameter (BCD). There are triple or double bash options with a standard 104mm BCD too, and a titanium-axled SL model, but neither are cheap.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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