e*thirteen XC Single-Speed Crankset

3.63/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $235.49

Product Description

Whether you're running a 1x9 setup, or you've committed to one gear all the time, the e.thirteen XC Single-Speed Crank will help keep your drivetrain spinning fast.

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rob D. a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2013

Strengths:    Stiff, light (for aluminum), looks awesome, relatively inexpensive, comes with a BB, good customer service

Weaknesses:    Poor bottom bracket spacer design, poor spindle design, nearly impossible to service, BB wears out quickly, creaky

Bottom Line:   
Bought this crank to use on a custom steel 29er hardtail in a 1x9 setup and fell in love with it immediately. It just looks so slick with the matte black finish and machined arms, and a matching black ring. Setup seemed simple, and the included tool made installing the bottom bracket a cinch. I had no issues with it for...maybe...two months? Then the honeymoon ended. First, I started breaking spacers. e13 includes plastic spacers to size out your BB shell properly, but for some reason they started snapping, which would cause the BB to shift under load and actually made the chainring bite into my chainstay a couple of times. I took it to my LBS, and that's when another issue arose: this crank is IMPOSSIBLE to remove. We're talking me and another guy working together, a breaker bar over a big Allen wrench, the frame is twisting...gives me chills thinking about it. Thought it was just that it hadn't been lubed properly on install, or had been over-tightened, but that flew out the window...when I broke a second spacer. Then a third. Finally called e13 and the guy (Charlie?) informed me that yeah, those spacers weren't designed for thin steel BB shells, so they jump over the shell and snap, "sometimes." He recommended using a metal spacer instead, which they don't supply and nobody makes in the same size. Eventually found one from an old FSA BB and threw it in, which seemed to solve the problem, until the BB just wore out. Not even a single season out of a bottom bracket is kind of a bummer, especially when they are proprietary, cost $60+ and you have to order them from e13 directly because nobody stocks them. Got my new BB, installed it (again with the breaker bar, excessive force, etc.) and all was well, for two rides. Then it started to creak. A month into the second season, it creaks like an old man, to the point that I'm embarrassed every time I ride in a pack or pass someone on the trail, and have had more than one comment along the lines of, "maybe you should tighten that thing up." Well, unfortunately, the spindle (which is properly spaced, I can assure you) bottoms out on the opposite side, so I actually can't tighten it any more. Besides which, overtightening might cause it to freeze up completely, leaving me up the proverbial creek sans paddle. And then there's the issue of the e13 rings wearing out very quickly and causing chain suck, but since this is about the crank I'll leave that out. Overall, I have become exhausted trying to make this crankset work, and I'm looking for a replacement. Unfortunately, there's nothing out there that looks as good, except maybe Middleburn, which doesn't come in 34T.

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Favorite Trail:   Capt. Ahab

Duration Product Used:   1 year 3 months

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   Lucid Cycles

Similar Products Used:   White Industries ENO, Shimano XTR, Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   Lucid Cycles steel 29er hardtail, Saint SS short cage RD, SRAM 9spd cassette/chain, Paul chain keeper, e13 XCX crank/BB, e13 34T guidering.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GP Niner

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2012

Strengths:    Weight, quality

Weaknesses:    color choices

Bottom Line:   
I recently bought these and they have worked great. I originally just bought the cranks without the bottom bracket. My plan was to upgrade to the Kris King Cermaic BB. Come to find out e13 is propriteray and at this time KK does't make one. Overall good crankset for the money

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Glen Abraham a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2012

Strengths:    This carnk is stiff. Went together smoothly. No probs. Bearings excellent. Chainline as Specified.

Weaknesses:    It may be i'm lighter then others who bagged on this cranks integrity. Used over a year & a half & have never had the (left) arm come loose. Every ride has a hill climb. Maybe it's because i use w/ a Rohloff.

Bottom Line:   
Other than that nearly unavoidable creak when i stand-up (only), this is a viable product. It is recommended based on those experiences.

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Favorite Trail:   1000's

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   locally

Similar Products Used:   ALL other types of crank -spline drive, ISIS, Myriad Square taper(s), one-piece, & adaptations there of.

Bike Setup:   Rohoiff equipped 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by madsedan a Cross Country Rider from Rockwall, TX

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2012

Strengths:    Light weight, stiff, simple/clean aesthetics, nice BB set-up, and price.

Weaknesses:    None that I've come across.

Bottom Line:   
I was looking to try something other than the Stylo 1.1 I've used a few times on my last couple bikes, my requirements were lightweight, rigid, and reasonably priced. I had considered modifying one of the new XT cranksets but after doing some research on the e.thirteen I really wanted to give it a shot. The larger spindle with its polygon interface and the beefy BB should be bullet proof for a larger rider like myself.
When it showed up at the LBS I went through it when I dropped the bike off, it is a very nicely packaged kit with the BB tool, nice instructions, and everything you need for an easy install. The guys at my shop hadn't installed an e.thirteen crank in a couple years and they remarked at how much better the new crank set is right out of the box compared to the older kits. Handling the BB and crankset in your hands its appearant that these are very nicely made. The machining is nicely executed, nothing garish or over the top, just appears to be done only where it needs to maximize weight loss.
The first ride on the new set and the bearings seem a little stiff, after about 30 minutes of constant pedalling and they really opened up and spin freely now. Based on comments from other users this seems to be the norm for these particular bearings. The most noticable thing when you start hammering on them is that the crank arms are stiff. Granted these replaced a modified stock OE Shimano set but there was a huge difference in arm stiffness and power transfer.
The icing on the machined aluminum cake is the weight loss when replacing stock cranksets when running a 1x9 or 1x10 set-up. On my bike I run the e.thirteen with an MRP BB mounted 1.x chain guide and a RaceFace single speed 34t chain ring so the weight savings are huge over the stock 3 ring crank and front der. The new crankset weighs in at a very svelte 575g, compared to the 800-850g boat anchors on most $2k or less bikes thats a huge drop. Sure you could pony up another $400 for an XTR and save another 50 paper clips in weight but seriously, is it really worth the upcharge?
For $250 or less you really can't beat the e.thirteen XC/SS crankset, show up with something different than everyone running XT or Stylo's on your next group ride.


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Favorite Trail:   Cedar Hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   Rockwall Cycling

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SLX, XT, Truvativ Stylo 1.1, stock Suntour cranks, etc.

Bike Setup:   2011 Camber Expert, X7 set up 1x10, plenty of upgrades.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by 14Stone a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Ontario

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2011

Strengths:    They look slick.

Weaknesses:    Crank falls off. Bottom Bracket explodes if you're a masher, bottom bracket destruction scores your crank, and its all proprietary.

Bottom Line:   
I went with EThirteens on my bike on recommendation. The price was right as well.

After about 4 rides they started to creak. The creaking was fine for a long while and the cranks never gave me any problems.

When they do fail, they fail big time. Crank arms that fall off without loctite, damage to your crank shaft. If you don't have specific ethirteen parts, your day is over.

Just spend the money and buy tested and true equipment. Rare equipment is loaded with cool factor, but if you're racing, go with something that's easily serviceable with parts that are readily available.

That or bring extra gas for your car ride home.

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Favorite Trail:   Durham Forest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, Truative Noir

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Houseinthewoodsbiketours a Cross Country Rider from Port Orchard, WA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2011

Strengths:    Super stout, looks cool, dedicated SS crankset (they also offer a triple), outboard bearings

Weaknesses:    not super light, Left crank arm comes off unless you loctite it and torque it down (don't use grease as the directions tell you to!)

Bottom Line:   
Super stout crankset (with BB), from a smaller brand with, NO FLEX! A great value when compared to XTR and other top end cranks with the same strong, light characteristics. The installation instructions say to grease the threads for some reason, but if you do the L crankarm will loosen after a few hard miles, which happened to me on the first ride. I got home and cleaned the grease away and used blue loctite instead and really torqued in on there and have had no issues since the first ride. Solid setup at a great price (if you don't over grease it ;)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $209.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, LX, SLX, Race Face Prodigy

Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar frame, Fox Float, Mavic Crossride, Elixir CR, E.thirteen XCX chainguide, Panaracer FireXC Pro tires, Thompson elite stem, Easton Monkeylite bar, XTR everything else

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Walt a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2011

Strengths:    Stiff, light, nicely made.

Weaknesses:    Left crankarm comes loose constantly, no matter what I do.

Bottom Line:   
A great concept, but the cranks won't stay on your bike, so not recommended.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Wholesaler

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, SRAM cranks.

Bike Setup:   1x9

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hardmtnbiker a Cross Country Rider from pasadena,ca

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2011

Strengths:    Solid machined build with outboard bearings

Weaknesses:    sharp edges on crank arm

Bottom Line:   
This crankset feels as solid as it looks. The oversize outboard BB bearings and axle make for a clean set-up. They feel directly engaged with each turn of the cranks and much stiffer than any other cranks I've used. I will be trying them on my geared bikes next.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Pasadena Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, RF Dues and Turbines

Bike Setup:   Titus 11,Single speed.Fox F100,Easton EC70 Bars,Thompson stem and seatpost.WTB RocketV saddle. Mavic 717 with Hadley hubs. Rennen chainring and cog. Hayes 9 brakes

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