It shows you how hardcore general Canadian riding is when Race Face’s all-mountain crank is tougher than most downhill sets.
Structurally there’s a lot of similarity with the Deus (and its Turbine grand-daddy) with a beefy I-Beam arm proﬁle machined in Canada from a bespoke OPTIM-AL.
It certainly feels rock solid underfoot and our three-year-old long-term test set is still going strong after spending all 2008 in Whistler.
The thicker-walled ﬁxed axle seems to preserve the bottom bracket bearings slightly better, although they’re still not great.
Installation requires some muscle and pedal threads need greasing regularly, but once they’re on these are proper ﬁt-and-forget cranks for big or aggressive trail riders.
They’re not cheap, but seriously tough and well proven cranks for aggressive trail riders, especially if your riding includes regular drops, berms and downhill runs. Also check out the limited edition Race Face Atlas FR, which is an even beeﬁer beast for extra insurance.
|Name||Atlas AM Chainset (09)|
|Description||Options 44/32/22 triple, bash/36/24*, bash/32/22 double; crank arms £169.95, black or silver|
|Available Colours||Black Silver|
|Gearing||22/32 22/32/44 36/24|
|Bottom Bracket Type||X-Type|
|Crank Arm Lengths||170mm 175mm|
|Chainring Options||Double Triple|