Race Face Turbine cranks review

Ageless all-rounder crankset

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The sturdy I-Beam arms and spider of this evergreen all-rounder crankset are forged in one piece, then machined and laser etched on the outer faces. The steel axle needs muscle to fit, but the fixed non-drive arm means less hassle getting it past chain devices.

It’ll handle any ring combo you want, and the inner ring stubs use a circular spacer, removing clearance issues if you decide to single-ring it. Race Face bottom bracket life is good these days too and, though there’s no BB30 option, Race Face does sell an adaptor.

The 38/24t chainring leap is larger than normal but the criss-cross machining with steel ‘helper’ rivets manages it fine. The arms and rings are impressively tough and stiff too. It costs considerably more than the obvious Shimano XT competition though.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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