DMR ExType crankset review£129.99

Benchmark in strength

BikeRadar score3.5/5

DMR’s cunning ExTypes have been our default replacements for crank-breaking hooligans for a couple of years now.

The integrated steel axle is welded onto their proven chromoly steel arm on one side and bolted on at the other. This gives convenient fitting and slam-proof steel strength, and they’re not even conspicuously heavy.

They cranks are available in 170 or 175mm lengths and come with a conventional four-arm spider, but five-arm and direct-fit DMR splined chainrings (28, 36 and 38-tooth) are available, making this a versatile setup.

We’ve used this crank on maximum-abuse jump bikes without a hint of flex, creak or other weakness. The chromed finish stays looking fly for a long time. We can’t say the same about the bottom bracket, but they’re primarily cranks for pounders, not pedallers.

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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