DMR Axe crankset review

Outstandingly stiff and practical cranks

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
£180.00 RRP
DMR's Axe crankset blew away our testers

Our review

Stiff and tough with superb versatility and premium BB compatibility
Buy if, You want a crank that has both stiffness and flexibility, in all the right ways
Pros: Superbly rigid, easy versatility, proven technology
Cons: Really, we've found nothing to complain of just yet
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DMR’s Axe crank is totally new, but it’s actually based on proven technology given an extra twist of practicality that makes its excellent all-round aggro crank performance less of a surprise.

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For a start the broad, hollow-forged cranks are very similar to the stiff Turn Girder cranks we reviewed recently. The DMR arms are slightly shallower to save a few grams but they’re still unyieldingly rigid whether you’re stamping on the pedals, straining on the bars or pushing hard into the belly of a berm.

Related: Praxis Works Turn Girder M30

The arms attach onto the same 28/30mm oversized axle as the Turn cranks, with the same single bolt tightening/extracting bolt too. DMR has reversed the side the axle steps down on though, so now it’s the driveside that detaches for easy access to the SRAM-style three-bolt-secured spider mount. This lets you change ring ratios without disturbing the axle and bearing seals.

The Praxis BBs it runs on have a superb reputation as a silky smooth, ultra-long-lived upgrade already and come in a range of conventional and conversion formats to fit most frames. DMR’s seven-arm direct-mount Blade chainring is as impressively stiff and durable as the crank arms, with a reassuringly chain-securing narrow/wide tooth profile in 26 to 36 tooth sizes.

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The arms are also available separately if you’ve already got a SRAM spider or direct-mount ring you can match them to.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Axe
Brand DMR Bikes

Weight (kg) 0.661