Race Face Turbine Cinch crankset review£209.00

Impressive new XC/trail cranks on the block

BikeRadar score4/5

With Shimano yet to offer its benchmark XC/trail cranks in a single-ring version below XTR level, Race Face is hoping to muscle in with the new Turbines, which sport a splined ‘Cinch’ interface that lets you run a direct-mount narrow/wide ring (or a removable spider with up to three chainrings if you prefer).

An oversize 30mm axle adds stiffness but the cranks are still compatible with standard threaded BB shells (68/73, 83 and 100mm) as well as the press-fit BB92 and PF30 standards. If you opt for the threaded BB, you’ll need a BSA BB cup tool.

Fitting involves torqueing up a single bolt on the drive side, SRAM-style, and hand-tightening an adjuster on the non-drive side to preload the system (like Shimano, though here it’s a ring between the crank arm and BB, not a removable plastic dial) and is relatively straightforward.

Once on, they feel good and stiff underfoot and the narrow/wide ring does its usual sterling chain retaining job. At 628g on our scales (without BB) they’re a decent weight for alloy cranks too – something achieved not by hollowing out the arms but by forging and machining a latticework of ‘pockets’ on the inside of the arms. We were worried these would fill up with mud but they haven’t clogged so far.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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