a Weekend Warrior
from Palo Alto, CA
Date Reviewed: August 26, 2007
Strengths: I like the colors, came with a bashguard, pedal threads haven't stripped... yet
Weaknesses: ISIS=Crap; get an external bb, bolts come loose whenever they feel like it, don't track straight, HEAVY
please do not buy this product, it seems to thrive on mediocrity. the drive side doesn't track straight, it's heavy, and most importantly it DOESN'T have an external bottom bracket. in this day and age, if you are buying cranks, buy only those that use an external bottom bracket
Weaknesses: The alloy used to make these cranks is very very soft. The crank puller threads crossthreaded and stripped almost immediately. Just today the non-drive side pedal threads stripped when my pedal hit a rock. Not cool, Race Face. I've had much more dependable performance out of an ancient pair of lightweight Shimano XT cranks.
from Fort Wayne, IN
Date Reviewed: June 7, 2005
Strengths: look nice, look strong, feel good while they work...
Weaknesses: Yeah, these were great until the pedal thread stripped out while on a road ride. Oddly enough, I ended up using these cranks almost exclusively on the road, so they saw none of the real abuse they were supposedly designed for. Raceface was completely unsympathetic, saying that they only had a 1-yr warranty. That's what I get for "upgrading" from my old shimano. I wish I'd kept the old shimanos, because I'd put them back on. Why would I want to pay 68$ for a new crankarm when it's a piece-of-crap design, and raceface doesn't want to do anything about it? I emailed the addr on their website about this a couple days ago, and haven't heard anything back at all! I thought raceface was the stuff, but I used to beat the heck out a set of old LXs and they never gave out on me! Raceface has lost a customer in me... Don't buy these, maybe if you're lucky they've fixed the problems with the crappy threads in the new line... too bad I'll never find out!!!
Don't buy these cranks unless you enjoy riding with one foot.
a Cross Country Rider
from boone nc usa
Date Reviewed: February 22, 2005
Strengths: stiff, strong, burly looking
Weaknesses: comes loose, pedal doesn't thread far enough through the pedal interface, i don't need a crank pull to remove drive side because of bb interface wear
fine crank for the price i guess; feel like rocks; i'm disappointed that after 14 months of use the drive side bb interface has worn so i don't need a crank pull to remove; this is extra unnerving because i've had a problem with the crank bolts coming loose: one time the bolt came out during a ride. If you want a pair of cranks that can take abuse these do the job, however, if your abuse includes high miles along with big drops, these things don't seem to be up to the task. I'm switching to truvativ because i've heard they can handle long xc as well as drops. I'll give these things three hot turds because they're so stiff, and they have held up to 14 months of heavy use, but they probable only deserve 2 considering the premature bb interface wear.
a Weekend Warrior
from Vancouver, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: November 1, 2004
Strengths: Worked great for 2 years. No flex, no creaks.
Weaknesses: Pedal threads stripped out of non-drive side, pedal fell off while climbing stairs.
Sounds like it's not at all uncommon for the pedal threads to strip out. I have to give them credit, though -- worked great for 2 years and you should see what this poor bike has been through. I figure any product that kept me happy for 2 years deserves at least three chilis.
I think what someone said about short threaded pedals is very true -- I'm using Ringle ZuZu pedals, and they have a pretty short thread that doesn't reach all the way through this crank. To make things worse, because the crank is all aluminum, you're supposed to use a washer, which reduces the thread a little more...
I'm going to replace it with the Race Face Evolve DH with the CroMo pedal inserts. I'm hoping that will keep it from stripping again.
These where great cranks for two years untill I bent my pedal spindals and screwed up the threads. The bike is in the shop now and they are puting steel inserts into the cranks for the pedals, hopefully that will work if not I plan on buying profiles if I have the cash if not I will get azonic 454s.
Similar Products Used: Race Face Diabolus (recent upgrade)
Bike Setup: SC Bullit, Shiver DCs etc etc
a Weekend Warrior
from Bellevue washington
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2004
Strengths: It is hard to say after only being able to use them for a week and half. But just for keeping things fair I have ridden a set for an entire season but they 2002's.
Weaknesses: The drive side threads stripped while riding on an intermediate level single track.
It is too bad that after spending two grand plus that something so simple as the drive side threads have to strip and put all riding to a halt. Not to mention the three and half mile walk down primo single track I had to endure , at least the scenery was beutiful. But hey The fact of the matter is that if I wanted to walk something it would be my dog not my bike lets pick it up rf.
Similar Products Used: shimano lx and deore both ,out lasted these but again in all fairness I will refer to the 2002's race face prodigy that lasted a whole season and are still going on the bike that is now my friends but 50 50 odds arent good enough odds for cranks
Bike Setup: Giant ac , swinger four way, z159 , 6.3" by 6", hayes eight inch bla bla bla bla bla
from bainbridge Is. ,washington
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2004
Strengths: stiff, burly as heck
Weaknesses: smallest ring threads rub on chainguide if tightened comletely
if you are someone who bashes everything...i'd say these are for you...if you don't need the strength...get something lighter. Any way...these beasts are going to be one of my favorite and strongest cranks i have ever run...get them. do it.