Interbike 2011: Race Face

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Yep, you heard that Race Face went all a bit wrong for a while earlier this year… well, it’s back and it’s got some new backers and bosses and is cranking out new kit as if nothing happened…

A table full of goodies…

The Atlas freeride components have been given a tickle, with a new, 60g lighter crank (which uses the new EXI crank arm interface for less struggling with big Allen keys) – the FR bar too now gets a 3/4in rise as well as the 1 1/2in rise. It’s now 785mm wide too.


Respond is RF’s mid-range gravity crank and a matching 740mm bar is also available.

Downhill’s getting lighter and this Six carbon DH crank looks to be one of the must-have pieces. It features carbon cranks with steel inserts. Weight is XTResque at 650g…

And here’s something for the XC racers – the NEXT SL crank seen here wit ha 26/38 2×10 setup comes in at 595g.

And here’s the cheerfully named Chester cranks, Race Face’s entry level DH crank.

The Atlas FR crank, as mentioned above is 80g lighter and the new EXI interface makes crank removal less of a struggle. Graphics have changed too – instead of a topo map of the North Shore, there’s now one of Whistler…

And here’s the Turbine 2X crank. Comes in 1x, 2x and 3×10 and in 24/36, 26/38 and 28/40 for the 2x setup.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (8)

    Have they done something about the BB lifespan?

    BB: Like add some decent seals

    That was supposed to be sorted when they switched the grease. In practice the cure for crap Raceface BB lifespan is still “switch to Shimano” I think.

    Have some of those cranks gone ‘Shimano’ with the splines on the non-drive side or is the gubbins still all clustered on the drive side like a really bad idea brought to fruition?

    Nowt to get exited about really.

    Turbine cranks look gorgeous!

    I agree, the Turbine Crankset looks great.

    What are the BCDs on them, looks like they might have gone to the SRAM 120mm standard?

    Do they really need 8million different model ranges? its no wonder they went under, no-one can keep up with what models do what so many of them and they change so often!!

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