The Atlas AM crank is engineeredTo ride virtually anywhere. Sharing many design & style features fromThe original Deus crank, but designed specifically for All Mountain. If you want a crankThats light enough for XC climbs but strong enough for light freeride use,The Atlas crank isThe perfect choice. Optim-Al alloy construction Un-matched strengthTo weight ratio HeatTreated CroMo spindle CustomTriple wiper seal(bottom bracket) Bearings are factory filled with Phil Wood waterpr
a All Mountain Rider
from Kanata, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2012
Strengths: Stiff, strong
Weaknesses: Poor ankle clearance, difficult assembly compared to Shimano pinch
My main problem with this crankset is the poor clearance from the central axle area to my ankle on the drive side. I clipped my ankle so many times (very painful, BTW!) that I finally retired the crankset in favour of a Shimano SLX. This only happened when I was riding clipless pedals (Time Z-pedal) and never happened with platforms. I tried adjusting the cleat position on the shoe but it made little improvement.
The other weakness in my opinion is the assembly which uses a traditional through-bolt as opposed to Shimano's pinch bolt system which I like much better (and doesn't require a zillion foot pounds of torque to assemble).
I gave the product a 'good' rating because it is probably fine for riders intending to go platform.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Juan, RP
Date Reviewed: June 21, 2010
Strengths: Strong, reasonably weight, RF bling
Weaknesses: BB bearings.
These are strong cranks that are basically, set and forget. They seem burly enough for downhill, yet still come at a reasonable weight for trail riding. I've set up mine with an RF bash guard or a E13 Turbocharger and a Blackspire Stinger and run it 22-36.
The only flaw is the BB bearings. They started to become crunchy after a few months. I replaced the bearings with Enduros and it has become the perfect AM crank. There have been no loosening, or chain suck whatsoever. The rings pick up the chain well. On some shifts there is derailment, but that is fixed by proper adjustment of the FD. Not bad considering the 22-36 set up. On 22-32 there were no issues of derailment.
At this price, however, they should have come with better bearings.
5/5 if for the cranks without the BB, 4/4 if including the BB.
Similar Products Used: Gravity, xt, a few ISIS types
Bike Setup: Cannondale Prophet 1x9
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 23, 2009
Strengths: Stiff Arms, Light, Smooth Now (see below), Look Great
Weaknesses: Bearings... J.V.
Arms and Rings seem to be fantastic thus far but, after a couple hundred miles at most, the bearings started to grind. Don't really know what that was about. Got a King BB and all is at balance in the world :). I'm a firm believer in "you get what you pay for" so I'm not one to preach about how overpriced gear is. These are a great value for a good upgrade but if you simply need the best go grab a set of XTRs.... Personally, I'm just not one for Shimano. If you agree, get these and a King BB for the same price as an XTR set, and put a big grin on your face! Hope that helps.
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