Truvativ Descendant crankset - in brief£169.99

Single ring-specific crankset

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This overlooked old-skool crankset from Truvativ is still a great all-rounder option for hardcore single ring use.

The relatively skinny, cold forged, scoop-backed arms and single-ring specific spider are formed in one piece rather than using a spline and bolt connection like more recent SRAM cranks. The 36 or 38t rings don’t get SRAM’s revolutionary X-Sync teeth, and there’s no BB30 option either. This was Steve Peat’s 2009 race crankset though – and it’s even survived several months on our crank-killing Nicolai tandem of doom.

It has steel pedal inserts and comes in an 83mm wide DH axle version. It’s light enough for trail use, particularly if you pay extra to add X-Sync chainrings (like we did), and bottom bracket adaptors are available 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: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • 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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