e*thirteen Downhill Crankset

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $294.95

Product Description

Take your DH setup from burly to bombproof with the e.thirteen Downhill Crank. Constructed from 7050 aluminum, the Downhill Crank is ready for anything you can throw at it. Or throw it into.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2012

Strengths:    spindle diameter. Arms. Finish. Strength

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
This crank feels a lot more stiff than the previous one I was using. It feels just as stiff as the race face evolve dh crank I rode. I went from a holzfeller oct to this crank and I instantly feel that it is noticably stiffer due to the over sized crank spindle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by karrikourier a All Mountain Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2012

Strengths:    Light, strong, great build quality, low q factor compared to rivals. The polygon interface is simply the best ive seen if you need to pull the arms off frequently.Tools included.

Weaknesses:    Cup type tool may mark the BB shells, wave washer preload can be confusing.( very rarely) BB shells may be too big for some frames(older foes DHS 2:1), arms may hit chainstays( intense915).

Bottom Line:   
Top quality kit. The finish is excellent as is the design. the stiffness and low q factor are impressive when the weight is considered. Given it has a cro.mo spindle its light enough for XC/AM. You could save 200g with the XC version.
The polygon fitting is the best i have used, no splines to get damaged and a firm positive feel to tighten it down. I have heard of the arms coming loose but i cant see how if the instructions are followed. The crank arm torque is quoted in ft/lbs NOT Nm and its a lot for a bike!

The cup tool supplied with mine was poorly finished and would scratch the cups, it would have needed to be forced on. I recommend you use a 1 3/4" bi hex socket as suggested in the small print of the instructions, IF you can borrow one. The tool on the video instruction looks better.
The wave washer used as a preload for the crank bearings may cause confusion in fitting. If you follow the instructions and then pause the video instruction for a visual check you should be able to get it right. Slightly tight as a precaution over slightly slack, the bearing shields will loosen up quickly.
Clearance to some swing arms may be poor. On an early foes DHS mono 2:1 it will not clear unless the head angle is set slack, granted i may be the only person this ever affects.
I have heard that due to the low q factor the arms will snag on the chainstays of Intense 951 frames, again this may be a unique problem.

If you race and do a lot of fiddling with chain rings and your chain device then this should be for you on the interface alone. Add in the weight for its strength and the low q factor( this increases pedalling efficiency) and its a winner especially considering the price hike to go carbon which will chip and weaken so should not be considered so durable.

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Favorite Trail:   Laggan bike park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   NOS eBay

Similar Products Used:   RF evolve DH, WI ti, Shimano M815

Bike Setup:   Foes Predator,Maverick DUC.

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