This crank is built solely for the 'new school' rider who doesn't think twice about launching off a 10-foot drop. When combined with an ISIS Drive BB, the North Shore crank set is the stiffest, most fatigue resistant, and impact proof crank you can put on your bike. Used 'as is' by Myles Rockwell of Team Giant, the 2000 Downhill World Champion. If Myles can't bend 'em, neither can you. Simple as that.
I'm running the really old-school version with a solid square taper spindle. I've been using it for 6 years now !!! And for three of those years with the same UN72 bottom bracket. I weigh 250+, ride hard, and these things just don't complain at all. I am simply not sold on the x-type outboard system. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Strengths: I'm never gonna break them lighter than 3piece and just as strong cost an absolute bomb
Weaknesses: too stiff on a HT they aren't made anymore can pick them up dirt cheap in the shops if you can find them
I own 4 bikes and try to ensure i use the best components i can get on them. Out of the 4 bikes 3 use raceface cranks and that is for one very good reason. i used to break cranks at an astounding rate and many manufacturers were lousy with their warranties. not so with Raceface if i ever manage to break these i know raceface will supply me with a new set. If dropping off stuff, jumping or DHing is your thing Northshores are the cranks you need. these are HEAVY cranks in comparison to cranks of a similar design but when compared to 3piece these are of equal strength and a lot lighter i deffinently noticed the bike feel more "free" and manovourable when i put these back in after trying my chieftians in my jump bike. If you're looking for something a little lighter for XC or Trials i would deffinently reccomend the Turbines or after but no where near the raceface products the middleburns
Similar Products Used: Turbine LPs, Middleburn RS7s, DMR Chieftian Mk II, XTR DH, LX
Bike Setup: using 2 sets first set on Identiti Dr Jekyll, '98 Z1 duals, hope hubs on 521s, 8 speed XT gearing, Hayes Mags, DMR V12s, Raceface Signiture FR BB
Second bike is running northshores on an Orange 222 with marzochhi 888r, Hayes Mags, V12s, 8 speed XT, bulbs on 729s, raceface signiture DH BB
a Weekend Warrior
from AB, Canada
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2003
Strengths: super burly, lite considering they're so strong, cool colors (even tho mine are just black), super stiff, got them for an awesome price, lifetime warranty, north shore tested, splined
Weaknesses: CAN b expensive, maybe a little on the heavy side?? (MAYBE!)
I love these cranks! All you trials/urban riders out there know that tryin new things will beat up your equipment, but these things have kept me confident and havn't made me worry for a second that they won't hold up to anything. Some may find it to be rather expensive when bought separately, but if you're worried, wait for an end of season sale, when u can pick up a bunch of things, shops are bound to give some sort of deal! All in all, these are awesome cranks! Why not truvativ? I've had some really bad experiences with breakage and bendage, but they ARE almost half the price -- so it's a question of quality for the money or zero quality for no money! lol PARTEE HARD!!
Similar Products Used: truvativ husselfelt, Holzfeller, CODA, Bonz, Middleburn (Bonz and Middleburn are very good also!)
Bike Setup: PX MK5 Zebdi -- magura hs33 rear, avid mech disc front, sachs chain, roox bar, RF Zeus stem, sora rear derailleur, PX double caged pedals, gravity check bashring, Chris King NoThreadSet, some no name seat post, Mongoose saddle, panaracer FireXC front tire, IRC jujo DH rear, rhyno lite w/ Hope XC disc hub, sun mammoth DH w/ deore hub
a Weekend Warrior
from montreal, quebec, canada
Date Reviewed: December 31, 2002
Strengths: they look cool, arent too heavy, come with a spline and square taper option, and lots of colors, lifetime warranty
Weaknesses: flex abit
theyre good. damn good. they come off easy, only loosen once a month, and look extremely cool. the only problem is the visible flex, i know i wont break them for a little while, but i probably would definately buy a set seein as how they come with a lifetime warranty. if you can find a pair cheap , then go for it, theyre great.
Bike Setup: dmr sidekick, full rigid , singlespeed, underworld stem, raceface headset , bb, bash and cranks, specialized bar and profile brace
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2002
Strengths: These cranks are awesome! Nothing can compare to these. I've only had them a month and they kick so much ass. Very stiff and great for downhilling!
On my bike these cranks kick ass. Most people laugh at my bike because they immediatly see the Diamondback Sticker on it. Hey it's only the main frame and it kicks ass for the money! I haven't had any problem with them and I got them dirt cheap off of ebay.
Bike Setup: Diamondback x-10 front end with an Intense rear swing arm. Full XTR. Blackspire bashguard and 42 tooth blackspire chainring. Doublewide downhill rims with Hayes Disc Brakes.
a Weekend Warrior
from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2002
Strengths: Strong, Stylin', As Grapes would say; "These babies give 110% every time out!" Replacable spider tabs. Super stiff.
Weaknesses: I hear people whining about the graphics wearing of. Those are just battle scars baby.
These cranks are ass kickers, canuck style. Great cranks for Freeride, DH, DS, Urban, DJs. Not so great for xc. Highly recommended for anyone worried about having a crank fail on them. I'm a big Race Face fan. There customer service alone keeps me coming back. I'd never again by another brand of cranks. Worth every penny. 5 flaming ringbits!
Purchased At: The Bike People (Gone but not forgotten)
Similar Products Used: Race Face Turbine, Race Face Prodigy, Shimano LX, Truvativ Hussefelt.
Bike Setup: 2001 Norco Torrent, 'nuff said!
from Suffield, Ct USA
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2002
Strengths: really strong, far stiffer than the XTR crank i have on my XC bike, great warranty (should it somehow become broken), looks sexy
Weaknesses: cost and avalablity (the shop my friends and iu are sponsored by shop couldnt order it so i had to overpay at cambria)
sweet cranks, i really cant think of anythign wrong with them, at least so far, i know that under no circumstances do i need a crank so overbuilt (or any parts as overbuilt as i have) but its nice to know that im not going to break them, that way i can piss my money away into my other bikes, my car and whatnot. its all just peace of mind. you'll love it. if an analogy will help, the Raceface northshore dh cranks are the Monster T of cranksets.
Favorite Trail: the pipeline in westfield mass, especially the sodom mt. part
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: www.cambriabike.com
Similar Products Used: i really dont think anything compares, ive rode my friend's Specialized FSRXC with the next lp, and jay's stinky has a truvativ, but this is the only super stong, dh specific, isis drive crank i've ever owned. it rules
Bike Setup: 2000 KHS DH100 Dominatrax (the bike everyone hates for some reason, i love it) Raceface northshore DH crank, evolve dh bottom bracket, MRP Slalom 1 guide, Time Z pedals, risse trixxxy 7", risse front hub, shimano XT disc rear (upgrading to king ISO and 20mm front when the money is there) shimano Dura-Ace cassette, XTR derraileur, lx pod, odi lock on grips, hayes 8" front and rear, easton sc-70 scandium riser bar, intense mag 30 rims 32 hole, stan's no tube kit, nokkian gazzoladi 3.0 front and 2.6 rear
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2002
Strengths: Extremely Strong. ISIS is incredible. Strongest crank on earth. Built by the best for the worst.
Weaknesses: Raceface logo startsto fade after a few rides.
Buy em' if you want the best. I love wholesale prices.
Bike Setup: KHS hardtail with XT components, Bomber fork, Avid brakes and Raceface drivetrain.
a Weekend Warrior
from Nova Scotia Canada
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2002
Strengths: Stif! I can feel my frame bend not my cranks! great warienty, lifetime. ISIS drive rules
Weaknesses: a bit pricey not avalible in sub yellow like the trubines!
if you like big drops and are tired of breaking cranks get theiese. If they ever die (not likely) Race Face will gie yo ua new set to thrash. Other then a BMX cromo crank thers nothing stronger XC riders wont like the weight but its not fo rthem any way. My Shores have seen 7 foot hucks on my HT and are doing great. Only problems are when they are new the bolts come louse, keep them tight and youll be fine, mine stay tight now. Youl blow bb's and frames befroe these go.
Similar Products Used: Truvativ hussafelts, raceface lp's
Bike Setup: 01' Kona stinky. Hayes hydros, Z-1 QR20, big meats, azonic shorty, FSA pig DH, thomson post, raceface cranks and rings...
from Cambridge, MA
Date Reviewed: December 29, 2001
Strengths: Not too heavy (especially compared to Profiles) ISIS
These cranks do their job well. They haven't bent, broken, whined, or otherwise stepped out of line since I slapped them on, which is more than I can say for the cranks they replaced (XTR DH, with its gawd-awful 112mm bolt pattern which you cannot find any parts for). What more do you want in a crank?
Similar Products Used: XTR DH, LX, XT, Sugino, Truvativ
Bike Setup: 3 rings and a Tooth Fairy
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2001
Strengths: ISIS drive, nice (available) 5mm thick outer bashguard (limits ya to 2 rings up front)
Weaknesses: Cosmetically, the color of the arms begins to wear right away, but looks aren't everything.
Nice. These are the last cranks you'll ever have to buy (lifetime war. even ridden as freeride/dh use(abuse?). Hey they say these are for guys who don't think twice about a 10 foot drop and they aren't kidding. Built to last, heavy as hell, stiff (no flex in any direction). My bike instantly felt much more solid at any speed, like a real dhsled. *Note I also opted for an outer bashguard with a 32/22 setup. I should mention that in the month and a half I've had this RF setup, I have not had the chain pop off the front, with no chainguide or MRP!!! The guard is true RF quality, a full 5mm thick, more than last years I hear, great if you do any riding that includes logs and exposed rocks. Yes, they are spendy, not for the faint of heart, but ever penny is worth the best crankset being manufactured today. You'll be making a wise decision!
Similar Products Used: Shimano LX (similar product HAHA came OEM on my bike)
Bike Setup: 2000 GT i-Drive XCR-3000 setup for freeride/downhilling with Hayes discs, Race Face cranks, bashguard, rings, SRAM drivetrain, Rear Mavic D521, Front Sun Rhino Lite, Tioga and Azonic parts....