Praxis Works may be best known for its chainrings and bottom brackets but soon you’ll also start seeing its new range of cranksets called Turn. Competitively priced and impressively flexible in terms of bottom bracket compatibility, the new Turn cranks will soon be finding their way on to both shop shelves and as OEM equipment on a wide range of Specialized bikes.
Turn will hit the market with two crank models to start: the road-going Zayante and the MTB-specific Girder. Both feature hollow-forged aluminium arms, oversized 30mm-diameter aluminium spindles, and interchangeable chainring spiders for what Turn claims should be the stiffest options available for the money. Claimed weights are “about 25g heavier than [Shimano] Ultegra and [Deore] XT”, which would put complete Zayante and Girder setups at about 790g and 765g, respectively.
The 30mm-diameter spindle and oversized hollow-forged aluminium arms should yield excellent stiffness
The new Turn cranks will also be quite versatile in terms of fitment, too. Like the similar (but not identical) BB386EVO system, Turn’s 30mm spindle will work in a wide range of bottom bracket shells depending on which set of bearing cups is used. Available options include standard threaded, BB30, PressFit30, Specialized OSBB, and even PF86 and PF92 – but ironically, not BB386EVO.
Combined with the interchangeable chainring spiders, Turn hopes to have an option for nearly every possible niche, including 1x and 2x for both road and mountain, and even 3x for mountain only. Chainrings will of course be provided by Praxis.
1x chainrings will be offered for both MTB and cyclocross variants
Speaking of Specialized, Turn says the Zayante road cranks will be included as standard equipment on nearly ten of that company’s road models for 2015 but interested riders will soon be able to buy them aftermarket as well. Retail prices for the Zayante and Girder are US$299 and US$279, respectively, including chainrings but without bottom brackets.