Race Face Next XC Cranks Review

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Bottom Line
This is an amazing lightweight crankset, that is all carbon (outside of the CrMo spindle and pedal inserts), has incredible power transition to the wheels, looks great and has very cool bash guards for the crank arm ends. They are the stiffest, and snappiest cranks I have ever used with shifting that is close to XTR (but not quite). Crackalicious!

Strengths:
-Stiff
-Lightweight
-Arm end caps
-Carbon

Weaknesses:
-Pricey
-Not quite XTR shifting

Specifications
Sizes: 170mm and 175mm
Material: Carbon fiber composite arms with CrMo spindle
Chainrings: 22/32/44 – 100% CNC 7075 aluminum with S.H.I.F.T. technology
Bottom bracket: external EXI system with triple seals and Phil Wood waterproof grease
Weight: 730 grams (with included BB)
MSRP: $774

Value Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Race Face Next XC Crank url:
http://www.raceface.com/components/cranks/1/

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • hardmtnbiker says:

    Nice review! I still have the old Turbines and also run the Dues X-type with 180mm cranks arms on my SS. One thing I can tell you is the RF stands behind their products and they have been happy to replace/warrenty parts as needed. I will buy these cranks if I build a new XC or trail bike but don’t think I would ever need to replace my old RF cranks because they are built to last.

  • Jens says:

    Hi,
    Are you forced to use RF’s bottom bracket or could i keep my CK BB?

  • pastajet says:

    No you can use any of the industry standard X-Type external bottom bracket…

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