Bontrager Race Lite Crankset

2.63/5 (72 Reviews)
Weight : 660 grams MSRP : $180.00


Product Description

  • The culmination of years of testing, research and design
  • Cold forged, polished, 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, low profile arms
  • New ISIS Drive bottom bracket interface
  • CNC machined 7075-T6 nickel plated aluminum 44 tooth chainring, made from ultrastiff 5mm 7075-T6 aluminum
  • CNC machined, hard anodized 7075-T6 aluminum 32 and 22 tooth chainrings
  • Anodized aluminum alloy chainring bolts
  • Aluminum crank arm extractor bolts


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by chris a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: March 26, 2013

    Strengths:    Price weight and durabilty

    Weaknesses:    Cost of chainrings

    Bottom Line:   
    Purchased the crank in 2003 and I'm still using it to this day. I used it for racing and now for trails. I have not found a crank that feels as solid as lite or as strong for the cost. The chain rings on the otber hand are pricey. But overall a really great crank for cheap. I paid less then 100.00 for it mine new in 2003

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    Duration Product Used:   10 years

    Price Paid:    $85.00

    Purchased At:   recyclist

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano xt deore and raceface.

    Bike Setup:   Gaint frane with sram xo components and easton ea90 bar stem and seatpost. Shimano xt brakset.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dean a Weekend Warrior from Raleigh, NC

    Date Reviewed: March 6, 2007

    Strengths:    Durable rings

    Weaknesses:    Expensive replacement rings when you do have to replace them

    Bottom Line:   
    What can I say about the crankset but that they work. I have never had a crankset break or bend ever. No creaks or problems. I am just now having to replace the rings after three years of riding which I consider phenominal compared to Shimano rings that I would have replaced in half the time. I hardly every clean my chain but do use dry lube frequently. Problem is that replacement rings cost as much as a new Race Face crankset and are only available from the LBS. 4 chilis because of the replacement cost for rings.

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    Favorite Trail:   Atlantic Ave. Trails

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX and XT Cranksets

    Bike Setup:   Stock Trek Liquid 30, 200 lb rider, regularly take 5 ft. drops.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jonas a Racer from Vaasa, Finland

    Date Reviewed: April 25, 2005

    Strengths:    Looks nice, has worked really well sofar, sturdy and durable chainrings.

    Weaknesses:    Expensive if you have to pay the full price, not as light as it says on the package.

    Bottom Line:   
    Overall good cranks, but not as light as XTR. I think todays XT would also be lighter and cheaper. But if you get them cheap they are excellent. Chainrings haven't suffered from hitting a few stones, they are MUCH harder than eg. shimano LX.

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    Favorite Trail:   pilvimaja

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   some shop

    Similar Products Used:   nope

    Bike Setup:   Santacruz superlight, Marathon S 100, shimano XT, Hayes HFX Mag+,

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Blacky a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: November 15, 2004

    Strengths:    Light. Stiff. Simple. Bombproof.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    Just replaced my trusty Sugar 3 (after riding almost daily for five years) with a 2003 GF Team. The "new" bike has an XTR Hollowtech crank with one season on it. The XTR crank is pretty, but spinning it without a chain I can hear the bearings and it only spins three or four turns. The five-year-old Bontrager bottom bracket is completely quiet and spins a dozen turns, plus the reviews here on the XTR don't make me feel warm and fuzzy, especially the part about the $100 replacement chainrings. I'm tempted to swap it for new a Bontrager. For me a couple of ounces on the bottom of the bike don't make up for zero maintenance.

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    Favorite Trail:   Santa Monica Mountains

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Bothel Ski & Sport

    Bike Setup:   I put "0" for cost because it came stock on my 2000 Sugar 3. Whipperman 908 chain. XT cassette. Stock chainrings lasted about 2 years, riding daily (lots of cliimbing, about 10 hours a week). Replaced chainrings with TruVativ, including a steel 22.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Enosz a Cross Country Rider from Budapest, Hungary

    Date Reviewed: May 25, 2004

    Strengths:    Till good it works properly, stressless riding suits it.

    Weaknesses:    Creaking, ghostsift and bending. When you do it hard, it just gives in.

    Bottom Line:   
    Gives you fine performance till you get used to your machine, but wears of when you turn serious. I got it as a crankset. The bottom bracket was just pulverised after a year and it seems impossibile to get rid of the damn creaking and strange noises, no matter if you are becoming a "wholebuyer" of WD40 of T-40 teflon lubricants. It drives ok, but with heavier loads (I'm 180 lbs and 6+ ft) it just dies with noises.
    Entry level, but pricey for that and for soft ridding only.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   www.nella.hu

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX

    Bike Setup:   Trek 8500 (2003) with some mods towards Shimano XT, but going to Truvative

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Paul Watters a Cross Country Rider from Marina, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: April 8, 2004

    Strengths:    Works fine. Strong large chainring
    Does not creak (that was the BB)!


    Weaknesses:    Came with poor racelite BB
    Middle chainring worn after 20 months but I guess this is typical


    Bottom Line:   
    Don't buy from Footloose at Mammoth Lakes!! The salesman told me that the cranks MSRP=$300 and the BB MSRP=$100. Sold them to me for $225 for the set. Also lied about the weight.

    These cranks are fine. They do the job. I've hit plenty of rocks and logs with the cranks and chainring. No problems.

    The racelight BB sucks!! Replaced with FSA platinum and the creaking went away.

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    Favorite Trail:   Sandhill Ridge (22)

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $175.00

    Purchased At:   Ripped off @ Footloose Sports, Mammoth Lakes

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Strongarm (nice), Shimano

    Bike Setup:   2000 Stumpjumper FSRxc fully upgraded

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Jim a Cross Country Rider from Columbia, SC, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 26, 2003

    Strengths:    Cheap

    Weaknesses:    Creaking, chainsuck, chaindrop, ghostshifts, bad quality chainrings that bend and chip.

    Bottom Line:   
    Perhaps mine was a bad unit that came with the bike. However, I wrote Trek and they defered me to the Cycle Center which did everything to make this thing work including a complete rebuild and added a new SRAM 59 chain. After three months of weekly fixes, I purchased the Raceface setup. That was the best thing about the Bontrager. Shame on Trek for lack of support. Thanks to the crew at Cycle Center for putting up with me.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Cycle Center

    Similar Products Used:   Raceface Next LP

    Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 90 disk w Raceface Next LP crank ISIS Signature BB and 48/36/26 chain rings, Rock Shox SID Team, MaxM low riser bar and seatpost, Chris King No thread headset, SRAM 99 chain and 9 11-32t cassette, San Marco Arrowhead seat.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Charlotte, NC

    Date Reviewed: September 13, 2003

    Strengths:    i had the bontrager sport crankset but somehow mtbr doesnt have a product review on those? so im doing my reviewe here...shifts ok, i guess... never really had a problem until that thing bent on me

    Weaknesses:    easily bent

    Bottom Line:   
    the biggest chainring bent.... i dont even know what i bent it on, and im pretty sure i didnt fall when it bent either... that must be a pretty weak chainring.... so i replaced it for the deore lx 44t chainring... other than that, everything else is ok, 4 chilis for holding up even though one of them bent....

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Ultimate Bicycle

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   gary fisher tassajara stock except for the deore lx crank i had to replace the 44T (biggest) chainring with that bent

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Matt Fulks a Cross Country Rider from Oklahoma City, OK

    Date Reviewed: August 18, 2003

    Strengths:    Looks okay. Goes in a circle when I pedal. Seems to shift okay. Could be better.

    Weaknesses:    CREAK CREAK CREAK CREAK CREAK CREAK CREAK CREAK.........

    Bottom Line:   
    The bike is great, but I'm not impressed with this crankset. If I don't soak the bike in oil overnight and put my kung fu allen wrench grip on these things before every ride, they creak like mad! Drives me nuts and makes my $1,100 bike sound like a Wal-Mart jaloppy. Creak creak creak creak creak creak creak is what I hear every time I pedal. I guess a benefit would be that I stay in the saddle more since when I stand up and mash on these things is sounds as if they are going to break in two. I'll give these things two flaming chili's based on the fact that they look okay, go in a circle, and haven't cracked in two yet.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Al's Bicycles

    Similar Products Used:   Cheap crank on old Trek 6000

    Bike Setup:   2002 Trek 8000

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Tim Hartfield a Cross Country Rider from Lake Oswego OR.

    Date Reviewed: August 11, 2003

    Strengths:    Light, nice looking.

    Weaknesses:    chain shifting,loose chain ring bolts.

    Bottom Line:   
    I got my year and a half of major abuse and they worked just fine,The wear and tear is now upon them and I'm going to XTR. No regrets.

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    Favorite Trail:   Browns Camp

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   The Bike Gallery

    Bike Setup:   Sugar 1,stock components.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Patrick a Cross Country Rider from Franklin,TN

    Date Reviewed: August 10, 2003

    Strengths:    Stiff, relatively light, shifts cleanly.

    Weaknesses:    None yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    This crankset was a great deal on a known product. Bontrager doesn't make the cranks, they are re-badged Truvativ Firex Team cranks which are great (the BB is Truvativ as well). The cranks are stiff and lightweight and works flawlessly with my XTR setup. I have not had any creaking or shifting problems like some of the others, though, I believe they (Truvativ) made changes to them for 2003.

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    Favorite Trail:   Hamilton Creek

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $115.00

    Purchased At:   MOAB

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT & White Bros.

    Bike Setup:   Gunnar Rock Hound with XTR, Bontrager Race Tubeless wheels, Rock Shox Psylo SL

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by niklas a Cross Country Rider from espoo, finland

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2003

    Strengths:    Color

    Weaknesses:    Creaking, chainsuck, ghostshifts, the bolts get loose

    Bottom Line:   
    Came stock on my bike. The crankset is CREAKING!!! :( The bolts loosen up regularly, have to tighten them before every ride. Loud if the chain isn't dripping oil, as if the chain isn't suitable for the rings? Shifting is not accurate. On-road they work fine, and look good. Sometimes they are causing some real problems off-road. The creaking isn't a big problem, but sure is annoying!

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   shimano xt, raceface

    Bike Setup:   sugar 3 disc

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by David Clark from Pittsburgh

    Date Reviewed: July 21, 2003

    Strengths:    Strong , light and shift well.

    Weaknesses:    The bottom brackets does come loose. Thats where you get the creeking.

    Bottom Line:   
    Thier the same thing as the Truvativ team stylo. Tighten the bottom bracket or replace and you will be pleased. I am !!!

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    Favorite Trail:   any

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   XTR, XT and Race Face Turbine ISIS

    Bike Setup:   GF 292

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by max macnab a Cross Country Rider from edmonton

    Date Reviewed: July 1, 2003

    Strengths:    stiff, light

    Weaknesses:    finish is wearing off after about 6 mos

    Bottom Line:   
    Ok, let's get this straight once and for all.
    The race, comp and racelights are different cranks all being reviewed under the same category. Why is everybody down on the racelights??? Given that the the others are complete crap, but the racelights totally rock for the $$$ they're awesome.

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    Favorite Trail:   julie's tun

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   came stock on trek liquid30

    Similar Products Used:   shimano xt, lx


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Chub a Weekend Warrior from W Sussex

    Date Reviewed: June 27, 2003

    Strengths:    Light

    Weaknesses:    That dam creaking!!!!!!! It's driving me mad.. has anyone managed to stop it??

    Bottom Line:   
    I hate this crank... the noise is driving me mad!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   came on bike

    Bike Setup:   Trek Liquid 30 stock except Thomson seat post...

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