Race Face Atlas FR single-ring mountain bike crankset review

Proven workhorse

BikeRadar score3/5

Race Face’s Atlas FR crankset is a proven workhorse with useful axle versatility. The arms are externally machined rather than hollow to keep weight reasonable and strength and stiffness are well proven over years of use.

Unlike most cranks, the thick-walled chromoly X-Type axle is fitted to the offside arm. It needs cranking hard to fit on but comes in 83 and 100mm lengths (as well as standard) to fit broad bracket bikes.

The cranks are sold separately or in single-ring, double-and-bash or triple-ring setups and there are nine anodised colour options. If you can wait a bit though there's a replacement Atlas crank in the pipeline that’s slightly lighter and gets the new easier-fit EXI system.

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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