Race Face Respond crankset review

Tough and adjustable

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £189.00 RRP | USD $299.05
RaceFace Respond crankset

Our review

Adjustability and strength benefits over Race Face's cheaper Ride crankset, but expensive
Skip to view product specifications

Move up £70 from the Race Face Ride AM and you get the Respond. Don’t expect big weight savings – it aims for extra strength instead. You do get an alloy outer ring though.

Advertisement

Our test set has spinny 22/32T rings, but a more useful 24/36 option is also available. The squared-off arms are 7050 aluminium, but the Respond shares the Ride’s potentially ankle-biting profile, though the Q factor is quite narrow.

Inside the bearings there’s Phil Wood Waterproof Grease, which seems like a good idea. You get 6mm of chainline adjustment, useful if you’re using a chainguide. If you want to go single-ring, the inner ring spider is detachable.

Advertisement

RaceFace’s high-end cranks have one-key releases to take the drive side arm off, but the Respond has a regular bolt. Get a crank puller to remove it.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Race Face Respond Crankset
Brand Race Face

Available Colours Black White
Material 7050 Aluminium
Weight (kg) 1.092
Gearing 22/32 36/24
Crankset Material 7050 Forged Aluminium
Adjustable Chainline Yes