e*thirteen XC crankset review£289.00

Tough, mid-weight unit

BikeRadar score3/5

First launched under the Hive brand, e*thirteen’s crank is a tough mid-weight unit with some unique features if you fancy a change from the ‘big 4’ brands. Its relatively narrow machined arms make it look slightly old school, but the big gold 30mm diameter axle adds core strength. Unique shallow bearings mean it fits in a standard bottom bracket shell too.

Deep machined chainring webs mean pedalling torque is cleanly transferred and we’ve taken some big drops on sets with no wobble or bending. The first set we had worked loose repeatedly on the polygonal axle face, but we’ve had no issues with other sets. Chainring and bottom bracket life is good and we’ve also been impressed with the single/double version (£199) on complete bikes.

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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