Truvativ Hussefelt crankset review£119.98

Cheap, but strength and loosening issues mean only buy if that’s all you can afford

BikeRadar score3/5

Hussefelt cranks are the cheapest heavy duty cranks around but they’re not exactly full-on. 

The cold forged AL66 arms get reinforced pedal thread inserts to stop you stripping them and they take a decent amount of abuse. They will bend if you really push the limits though, as MBUK Art Ed Jimmer found out.

Unlike most modern designs, Truvativ have stuck with a separate Howitzer ISIS bottom bracket with extra broad double row bearings. This means you can’t fit them onto standard ISIS though, and they had irritating – potentially disastrous – habit of coming loose and falling off, however hard we tighten them. 

The Howitzer bottom bracket is super heavy, making them hard to recommend unless they’re the only crank you can afford.

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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