Praxis Works Turn Girder M30 review£229.00

Industrial-strength cranks

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Praxis has a superb global reputation for its ultra long-lived, cold-forged and machined chainrings and pioneering ‘self installing’ threaded sleeve press-fit bottom bracket solutions.

Now, with the new Turn brand, Praxis has bridged the gap between bearings and rings with these unashamedly, almost brutally workmanlike-looking Girder cranks. As with Hope, the oversized alloy axle is compatible with standard diameter bottom bracket shells, not just BB30/PF30 tubes.

The 30mm to 28mm stepdown on the offside means they only fit Praxis M30 BBs. There’s a full range of frame fits available though and they’re much cheaper than Hope. From experience they’re equally epic in their glassy-smooth spinning lifespan and we certainly haven’t had any grind or wobble issues with Turn/Praxis on MTB or notoriously crank-battering 'cross bike long termers.

You’ll need an M30 tool to fit the BB but once fitted, crank installation (and extraction) is blissfully simple thanks to the captured 10mm hex bolt, so you won’t be stranded without specialist tools.

Chain retention has been excellent, even going mental on a rowdy short travel bike without a supplementary chainguide. Negligible wear so far suggests that Praxis’s longevity reputation is also richly deserved. While you can get Praxis rings separately in 30-38 tooth sizes, UK readers should note that distributor Upgrade only offers a complete 32-tooth set-up in three (165, 170, 175mm) arm lengths and there’s no direct mount chainring option.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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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