New Race Face Next SL G4 Cranks get even lighter

New cranks weigh less than 450g with chainring

Components Sea Otter Classic

2016 Sea Otter Classic

The Next SL Cranks come in Yeti blue, KTM Orange, Honda Red, and Henry Ford Black.

The Next SL Cranks come in Yeti blue, KTM Orange, Honda Red, and Henry Ford Black (click to enlarge).

While Race Face already had some of the lightest enduro rated cranks on the market in the form of the Next SL cranks, the brand went back to the drawing board to find news ways to help reduce weight and increase stiffness.

Weight for the crankset, with a 32 t chainring was 438 g.

Weight for the crankset, with a 32t chainring is 438g (click to enlarge).

Their new model, the Next SL G4, is 16g lighter. The crank arm is also 20% stronger in the pedal insert area and the chainrings are 13% stiffer in terms of deflection.

Even the crank booties went on a diet.

Even the crank booties went on a diet (click to enlarge).

The secret to the weight loss comes largely from refining the shape of the crank arms. Everything down to the crank booties are sleeker and lighter. Using a carbon spider for the chainring and drilling out the spindle also helped reduce the overall weight.

Did you know that Race Face produces the Next SL cranks at their headquarters in Vancouver?

Did you know that Race Face produces the Next SL cranks at their headquarters in Vancouver? (click to enlarge)

Despite all the changes, the crank arms still use the Cinch chainring system, so you can swap easily between 1x or dual chainrings, not to mention a plethora of aftermarket offerings. The crank arms are available now for $479 and the new chainrings will ship this summer.

For more info, visit www.raceface.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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  • Jeffrey says:

    For the last 20 years crank arms have been claimed to get 10 to 15% stiffer each and every year . If that were true cranks of today are 100% stiffer than cranks made 10 years ago and 200% stiffer than cranks made 20 years ago … Really now ??

  • uphiller says:

    You’re right- I can’t believe I was dumb enough to click through to see just how much lighter they are, only to find out it was only 16g.

  • Stan says:

    …and then there is the quickly disappearing 180mm lengths.

  • Gator says:

    Lighter but still having problems with my g4 arm cracking at pedal insert area!!

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