Race Face and the 428g chainset

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Race Face NEXT SL cranks

428g of carbon crankness – or 438g if you run the optional (and available in colours) crank boots at the end. That’s what Race Face’s new carbon cranks, carbon fibre spider and 34T chainring weighs in at.

Race Face has looked everywhere to save every gram – including some pointless looking weight relief on the cranks that apparently saves 6g, but it all counts, right? The crank inserts are stronger now too, but the cranks are still lighter.

Race Face Next SL
That’s the heavy version – the rubber boots are 5g an arm
Race Face next sl cranks
As light as it gets?

The big weight saving is in the chainring and spider. The carbon fibre spider is co-moulded into the chainring. This makes it 13% stiffer than the regular Cinch chainring.

Race Face next sl cranks
The front of the new co-moulded chainring/spider
Race Face next sl cranks
Here’s the back of the chainring

The cranks will come in 170mm or 175mm and the chainrings will be 28-36. The cranks are out now. The rings will be here in July or so. The US price is $479 for the cranks and $90 for the noticeably light, new rings.


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 (3)

    Any mention of improving the reliability of the pesal inserts?

    Yes, the pedal inserts are now stronger.

    A 165mm version would be even lighter….

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