The Evolve XC crankset has been completely redesigned & upgradedTo feature performance 7050 aluminum.These crank arms are strong enoughTo handle serious ‘All Mountain’ riding yet at an XC crank weight. With armsThat feature a sexy polished finish combined with our quick shifting rings,The Evolve XC is a high performance crankset at a reasonable price. Net shape forged 7050 aluminum arms CNC machined 7075 aluminum chainrings Updated EXI spindle interface External bb included works
Similar Products Used: truative junk. dont get that garbage
Bike Setup: 07' iron horse warrior 1.5 hardtail( cant get any more). rox shox forks. azonic outlaw wheelset. fuse seat. usa grips. specilized 2.5 tires. hayes disc brakes. azonic head set. ect....
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2009
Strengths: It is a very solid crank.
Weaknesses: None that I can think of.
I have these crank on 2 bikes and I have never had one thing go wrong with them...listen to a guy that has been using these cranks for more than 2 years...I am a heavy guy (250) and I have barely rubbed the paint off of the arms....and I ride almost everyday...I ride trails...and its not like Im gentle with the bike either...bottom line....they are tough as nails.
Similar Products Used: what came on the bike I cant remember it was crap though.
Bike Setup: 2006 mongoose
a Weekend Warrior
from Naperville, IL, USA
Date Reviewed: June 4, 2009
Strengths: Makes a good paperweight.
Weaknesses: Poorly designed interface, heavy, makes a lot of noise, bottom bracket does not last, etc.
I had these cranks very briefly.
They are HEAVY! I downgraded from Saints to these since I got a deal and I needed money. What a mistake. These cranks are about the same weight as Saints and are not nearly as reliable.
The interface is an interference fit. So everytime the cranks are removed and installed, a bit wears off. Eventually the spindle/crank interface becomes too worn and it will make noise and it will not stay tight.
Unlike the Shimano design, the bearing preload cannot be adjusted independently. You have to fumble with spacers and then torque the bolt.
Since the spindle is attached to the left side, it also makes the setup of a chainguide a bit more time consuming. That's not such a bit deal, but a pain.
I had issues with the pedal inserts creaking as well.
The bottom bracket started feeling very gritty after just 3 months. And this was with proper frame prep.
If you're on a budget and don't ride hard, then these cranks are certainly better than low end square taper/ISIS offerings. But in my experience, they have proven to be unreliable.
These cranks are awesome!! I am 250 and the crank arms don't flex. I feel real sturdy when I am thrashing down stair cases. If you don't like tightening the bottom bracket every time you ride get these cranks. I ran my 44t in to some concreate the other day. I wore the paint off and a couple teeth chiped, but the chainring was not bent. These cranks look real cool too. You can't beat the price and strength of this product.
Weaknesses: None. But, if you buy the tripple ring crank, you must grind down the granny gear bosses to use a chainguide, because thats why they have the single and tripple ring options. I got the tripple because it was on sale and modded it to fit.
These cranks have to be the best mtb cranks ive had so far. They feel stiff and pedal great. Highly recomend if you want strength.
Similar Products Used: Profile Race, Profile SS, Primo Powerbite, FSA Moto X. We The People 3Pc.
Bike Setup: 08 Cowan, 9speed, saint trans and shifter, hussefelt bars, premium pedals, E Thirteen ls1 guide, primo bmx seat, primo grips, and ofcourse the Race Face Evolve DH crank.
Date Reviewed: February 19, 2009
bb spins great after 3 months of abuse
not very heavy
Weaknesses: When installing the first time, youll need a pipe to put on the end of your wrench to be able to tighten the crank onto the axle, it gets extremely tight! at first i was waiting for something to break, but dont worry, thats how its meant to be, oh and a couple of drops of loctite on the crank bolt will stop peoples loosening problems
These cranks are brilliant, from now on i will always use raceface cranks
Similar Products Used: FSA, Shimano crap and Truvativ (<<< DO NOT BUY ANY CRANK THAT GOES BY THE NAME TRUVATIV!!!)
Bike Setup: 08 kona stinky
09 66 RCV
X9 RD and shifter
09 DHX 5
Sun Abbah SOS rear hub
FSA maximus bar and stem
avid elixir r's
Raceface evolve DH cranks
Blue e13 supercharger
Sram pg 991 chain
a Weekend Warrior
from Honolulu Hi
Date Reviewed: January 8, 2009
Strengths: They are bomb prof, I weigh 220lbs and have no worries of breaking them, they are super stiff and not nearly as heavy as they look.
Weaknesses: none that I can think of
Buy these if you want to ride an never think about your cranks, they shift right every time, solid, dependable and damn near indestructible....
Similar Products Used: truvativ blaze (do not get)
Bike Setup: 2008 raleigh mojave 8.0 hard tail
Date Reviewed: November 2, 2008
Weaknesses: The splines get mangled after 6months of use. These were correctly installed and maintained, I have them tight as they can be and the drive side arm wobbles because the splines are deformed.
whats the point of a HEAVY solid crankset if it won't stay solid, why waste the money and take on the useless weight
a Weekend Warrior
from milton keynes
Date Reviewed: April 12, 2008
Strengths: for my aggresive riding style these cranks are awesome !!!, big solid arms, xc weight great dh strength, look bling on my ride,
Weaknesses: none really, crank bolt has come loose couple of times due exccesive hardcore riding but is to be expected with any crankset my tip is to tighten them up if uve had a hardcore w/end at trails..lol
wel ive done a lot modding on my bike but buying these cranks at a crazy unbelivable 60quid of sum bloke of ebay was the best decision ive ever made coz there awesome they give me the best confidence to throw my ride at anything that stands in its way had them for 2 years now and there still really strong ill be sad when the times comes to replace them as they have served me very wel, wel done raceface for a proper quality build on these cranks !!!!!
Similar Products Used: the bike came with truative blaze crank,enuff said i changed to these straight away
Bike Setup: saracen xile rockshok judy j2,specalized carbon/titanium seat,titec pluto carbon fibre stem + easton vice dh stem, raceface evolve dh crankset,evolve dh bottom bracket,raceface evolve dh 31.8 riser bar,promax wheels. continental gravity 2.3 tyres,shim deore front n back mechs kona lock on grips
a Weekend Warrior
from pembroke pines, FL
Date Reviewed: March 16, 2008
Strengths: their alot stiffer than my old set, and run wayyy smoother as well....rather have a bashring to take the hard hits rather than a 3rd chainring...never used the 3rd ring anyway....steel pedal insterts
Weaknesses: bolt loosens...although i think it was only temporary
Their a great crankset for the price....go for use from XC to light freeride....burly enough to take big-ish drops yes light enough (for me anyway) to do XC...
ive needed a new crankset, and i wanted one that could handle my 210 pound gurth while still being stiff and not weight me down....i found the solution in the form of this crankset....the only thing is the bolt loosened on me once or twice....but i tightened it down more and its been good since.....