Truvativ X0 DH mountain bike crankset review£359.99

World Championship winners

BikeRadar score4/5

The SRAM group’s new top-level downhill cranks have already won two downhill World Championships as part of the company's BlackBox racing programme. The carbon arms themselves are the same as the X0 trail cranks, but beefed up with pedal thread inserts and a thicker-walled axle to cope with the biggest landings.

The alloy spider is a dedicated single-ring version for increased chain guide clearance rather than just a converted triple. This gives it a very stiff and direct feel through your shoes for excellent power delivery and course communication. The carbon construction also stings less over big rocks and drops compared to heavy-duty alloy sets. There’s a full range of bottom brackets, and the price is great for the performance this crankset gives.

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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