Race Face North Shore XS LP Crankset

4.55/5 (42 Reviews)


Product Description

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.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Darius from Manila, Philippines

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2006

Strengths:    Bomb proof

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   LX, XT, XTR

Bike Setup:   First on a Joker, then a Heckler

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Evil Bob a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2005

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


Bottom Line:   
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

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Favorite Trail:   Aston Hill

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Wades Cycles

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Al 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!)

Bottom Line:   
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!!

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Favorite Trail:   trials/urban assualt

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Calgary Cycle

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Petr 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   mont royal

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   none really

Bike Setup:   dmr sidekick, full rigid , singlespeed, underworld stem, raceface headset , bb, bash and cranks, specialized bar and profile brace

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean a Downhiller from Knoxville,TN

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!

Weaknesses:    None!

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Oak Ridge

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by supercraig 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.

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Favorite Trail:   Jack's Lake, Lisle Lake

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $180.00

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!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ben a Racer 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)

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   the pipeline in westfield mass, especially the sodom mt. part

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $199.00

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

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Croxton a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore

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.

Bottom Line:   
Buy em' if you want the best. I love wholesale prices.

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Favorite Trail:   Robert E. Lee

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $126.00

Purchased At:   The Hawley Company

Similar Products Used:   Nothing compares.

Bike Setup:   KHS hardtail with XT components, Bomber fork, Avid brakes and Raceface drivetrain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan Lindh 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!


Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Switch

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Vally Stove and cycle

Similar Products Used:   RF prodigy
Shimano Lx
Husselfelts


Bike Setup:   2000 Kona Roast , RF NorthShore DH ISIS Marzocchi Bomber z5 sun rims Funn Launch Pad saddle Axieam Post conti vertical Pro 2.3 tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Big taff Norbert a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2002

Strengths:    Well strong never flex ultimate DH crank, lifetime warranty

Weaknesses:    slightly heavy and a heavy price tag to match.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent cranks for hardcore riders and anyone who has snapped other carnks, the last pair of cranks you will ever buy!

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Favorite Trail:   Hopton, Shropshire

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $340.00

Purchased At:   From a friend

Similar Products Used:   FSA power pro, Race Face Turbine LP's

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Bullit, Hope discs, hope/mavic wheels, Azonic, Tioga, DMR.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nathan a Downhiller from Grand Rapids, Mi. U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2002

Strengths:    Stiff as hell and strong!!! Great customer service if you don't mind the wait of getting your stuff from Canada.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
If tough on your bike Race Face is the best "HANDS DOWN"

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Favorite Trail:   Grand Rapid's Streets

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Warranty for Turbine LP DH crankset (Race Face direct)

Similar Products Used:   Turbine LP DH, RockWerks

Bike Setup:   KHS BIT*CH, XTR drivetrain, Thompson, ZZYZX, FSA Pig DH, Race Face North Shore DH w/ Race Face signature DH 118mm,
Answer Tenacious-D 2" Riser bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brendan a Weekend Warrior from PG, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2002

Strengths:    Strong, no flex, great power transfer, They haven't broke yet....

Weaknesses:    Bolts come loose periodically.

Bottom Line:   
Good Stuff. Recommended, cause they hold up. Price is high but hey, if you never need another crank set then it might be worth it. Five flamin turds.

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Favorite Trail:   The Land Mine

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, LX, XTR

Bike Setup:   GT XCR-3000, Monkey Lite, RS Psylo SL, Avid Disks, assorted Shimano Drive Terrain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt from Spokane WA

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2002

Strengths:    Sexy, black, canadian, nothing cant stop them.

Weaknesses:    None, they were on sale so they werent expensive, and yes the black does wear off on the edges after some riding but who cares.

Bottom Line:   
Buy these cranks in ISIS and never worry about bending a crank ever again. They grin at taking 10 footers. Even if you have to pay full price there still the best.

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Favorite Trail:   Beacon rocks

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Bikeman rules!

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...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Toshi from Cambridge, MA

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2001

Strengths:    Not too heavy (especially compared to Profiles)
ISIS


Bottom Line:   
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?

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Favorite Trail:   Lynn Woods

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   ridemonkey.com classifieds

Similar Products Used:   XTR DH, LX, XT, Sugino, Truvativ

Bike Setup:   3 rings and a Tooth Fairy

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zane Longden a Downhiller from Ashland,OR,USA

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.

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   Bear Creek Bicycles

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....

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