Race Face’s lightest XC cranks shares the chunky family looks but has all excess weight machined away. The result is light without making you wary of giving them a wallop occasionally.
The butted steel axle means they feel stiff and positive through the pedals. The splined fix onto the driveside needs some muscle to fit/remove, but once on, they’re definitely on and we’ve never had loosening or creak problems mid-ride. The rings are good, durable and sweet shifting pieces too, with no trace of fix or chain fumble even under maximum power.
The BB isn’t as long lasting as Shimano, although as usual frame facing extends life massively. The ‘I Beam’ profile with sunk logo section keeps its looks really well, making them a cracking trail crank if your biker’s budget will let you afford them.