Truvativ Holzfeller OCT 2.2 RG crankset review£169.99

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Holzefeller has been around for a while, but this totally new ‘Open Core’ version puts them right back into the fight.

Following the lead of Shimano and FSA, Truvativ have developed their own hollow arm manufacturing technique. While it’s too early to comment on strength, the increased stiffness is obvious immediately.

Truavtiv have stuck with the separate Howitzer bottom bracket, which adds a lot of weight, and you need to ensure the bolts are well greased and super tight to stop them coming loose. 

Separate arms do mean easier/cheaper replacement however, and it comes in 22/32 or 24/36 doubles or single-ring downhill versions. The black, white or galvanized finishes with different rock ring options look good 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: 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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