Shimano Deore XT M785 crankset £159.99

Still one of the best

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

It’s had a lot of its cost-effective thunder stolen by SLX, but Shimano’s XT crankset is still a great way to turn the chain on any bike.

The smoothly sculpted four-arm spider and forged Hollowtech II crank arms are similar to SLX’s but have a slightly more fluid shape. You get a hard-anodised alloy – rather than steel – inner ring too, which contributes to a 24g weight saving. The benchmark shifting performance from the precision-formed pocketed and shaped outer ring with reinforced steel pins is identical though, and you get the same BB70 external bottom bracket.

The black arms can look tired after just a single ride (it’s available in silver too). There’s no BB30 or single ring option, though aftermarket BB adaptors and rings are available.

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

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