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.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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