Race Face Atlas review

The Atlas crank was one of the first components designed for tough XC 'All Mountain' bikes, and it's still a super tough, premium piece. The stiff 'I Beam' arms are fully CNC machined from 'Optim-Al' alloy with crisp, clean edges giving the unique Race Face look. A medium walled cromo axle is fixed into the offside crank for an impressively stout feel underfoot and we've beaten the crap out of them without any worries. They are a real strain to install/remove though, so have your spinach before any spannering.

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £250.00 RRP
Race Face Atlas

Our review

Sadly, bottom bracket life is at best average, and like most external setups, accurate frame facing is an essential for good fit/wear. They're not cheap either.
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The Atlas crank was one of the first components designed for tough XC ‘All Mountain’ bikes, and it’s still a super tough, premium piece. The stiff ‘I Beam’ arms are fully CNC machined from ‘Optim-Al’ alloy with crisp, clean edges giving the unique Race Face look.

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A medium walled cromo axle is fixed into the offside crank for an impressively stout feel underfoot and we’ve beaten the crap out of them without any worries. They are a real strain to install/remove though, so have your spinach before any spannering.

The chainrings shift fast and last reasonably well, while the CNC outer ring has taken a massive amount of log/rock hammer on big rides without breaking or bending teeth.

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Sadly, bottom bracket life is at best average, and like most external setups, accurate frame facing is an essential for good fit/wear. They’re not cheap either.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Atlas Crank
Brand Race Face

BB Weight 112
Description Built-In Spacers
Max Arm Length 180
Min Arm Length 170
Weight (g) 844
Available Colours Black Silver
Material Chromoly Steel CNC Machined Heat Treated Optim-Al
Warranty Length Limited lifetime
Crankset Finish Shiny