Race Face Atlas crankset review£313.95

Lightweight, abuse-proof cranks

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The Turbine’s bigger brother can handle any ring combo and a ton of abuse without weighing a ton.

The Atlas uses the same forged and machined construction as its sibling but significantly deeper arms (which are etched with a map of Whistler’s Garbanzo Zone) for seriously stiff, abuse proof performance. The sculpted arms of the spider join directly on to the cranks with a thick web. There are bolt holes for double or even triple rings, and the narrow-wide single ring adds security without any noticeable gear grind.

The non-driveside arm/axle connection and 6mm of spacers makes working round chain devices easy. Current BBs are sound, and while there’s no 30mm axle option, spacer BBs are available.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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