Race Face Atlas AM Crankset

3.8/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $309.49


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Product Description

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


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rlock 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SLX, XT, LX, SRAM X0, Truvativ Holzfeller on DH bike

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 2002maniac a Cross Country Rider from SLC, Utah

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2010

Strengths:    Very tough, stiff, decent weight.

Weaknesses:    bearings in BB. Black anodize is turning purple!

Bottom Line:   
The crankset I got came with 24/36/bash and I wish the big ring was a bit bigger. I'm spinning like crazy coming down most hills. I think I'll try a 40T blackspire next.

4 stars overall due to the crappy BB bearings

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Favorite Trail:   wasatch crest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $115.00

Purchased At:   amazon

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher cobia 29er

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cobym2 a Weekend Warrior from San Juan, RP

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2010

Strengths:    Strong, reasonably weight, RF bling

Weaknesses:    BB bearings.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Yes or No?

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   King's

Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR, etc.

Bike Setup:   Turner 5 spot or Turner RFX

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ray Lee a Downhiller from Pittsburgh, Pa, US

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2010

Strengths:    very stiff, instal and forget, not overly heavy, look good in silver LOL

Weaknesses:    None so far..... I guess they might be hard to set up if you dont read the directios

Bottom Line:   
They are cranks and work great for getting the rear wheel to turn, need zero maintenance.... just put them on and ride.

I did make sure my BB was properly faced

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Favorite Trail:   7 Springs but it varies

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   New Ebay w/o chain r

Similar Products Used:   Gravity, xt, a few ISIS types

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Prophet 1x9

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tgoss a Cross Country Rider from Colorado

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2009

Strengths:    Stiff Arms, Light, Smooth Now (see below), Look Great

Weaknesses:    Bearings... J.V.

Bottom Line:   
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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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Bike Source

Similar Products Used:   Shimano...

Bike Setup:   Fisher xcaliber

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