Race Face Cadence review

Low Q-factor lightweight chainset

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £139.95 RRP
Raceface Cadence

Our review

Super stiff, smooth shifting and comfy to ride
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These 6066 forged aluminium arms from the Canadian company known for its mountain bike components have much of the material machined away to keep weight down.


All of this sculpts the arms into Race Face’s classic I-Beam design – think RSJ shape – for a crank that feels really stiff.

The 860g Cadence uses a two-piece design like Shimano but what’s different is that the bottom bracket spindle is mounted on the left-hand arm and fixing takes place on the right. It’s just a case of tightening the Allen bolt until a dead stop and that’s it.

Installation was easy, especially with the included outboard bearing X-type bottom bracket.

The bearings have triple wiper seals and inside is Phil Wood’s excellent waterproof grease as standard. During testing we had no problems even with long rides in the wet.

The low Q-factor – the distance between the pedals – offers a comfy and natural feeling ride.

We thought the silver 7075 CNC-machined aluminium rings looked a bit odd against the black arms out of the box but they grew on us once fitted.

As for the shifting, we had no problems – it’s on a par with Shimano, Campag and SRAM. They’re a little more expensive and slightly heavier than Ultegra, but it’s worth remembering these do come with the bottom bracket.


There’s also a compact version available.

Product Specifications


Name Cadence
Brand Race Face

Manufacturer's Description The Cadence X-Type road cranks are a product of well over a decade of experience designing high performance cranksets. Featuring our proprietary X-Type bottom bracket system & refined specifically for road riding.
Weight (g) 860
Features • Our Cadence X-Type Road cranks are forged from 6066 aluminum for improved strength & fatigue resistance. Our unique, multi-stage forging process enables our designers to sculpt an incredibly weight efficient crank while also altering the grain structure of the alloy to increase fatigue resistance. Race Face’s signature I-Beam profiling is used on our Cadence crank for improved stiffness & strength. Our proprietary milling process on the chainring tabs ensures no axial run out for precise shifting. A modest offset from the spindle to the pedal ensures the most efficient power transfer while a low Q factor places the rider in a more natural & efficient riding position. Thin walled chromoly spindle provides needed strength at a sensible weight. All 7075 alloy hardware. Precision CNC machined 7075 chainrings. Bearings feature our new custom triple wiper seal to better retain grease & keep contaminants out. Bearings are factory filled with Phil Wood waterproof grease – tested & proven to extend bearing life.
Colour Black/Silver
Material Aluminium