Race Face Turbine LP Crankset

4.34/5 (85 Reviews)
MSRP : $200.00


Product Description

A classic comes back! New and improved for 2001, our Turbine LP forging has been changed to make this crank even stronger and stiffer than ever before. Built in inner chainring bolts allow for the use of shorter bolts, and new contoured profiling on the front and sides make this crank stiffer and stronger than previous models.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TurboWookiee a Cross Country Rider from Washington Pa usa

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2008

Strengths:    industructable, super stiff, beautiful,

Weaknesses:    haven't found any in the 10yrs i've had it.

Bottom Line:   
Buy one. there cheap these days from ebay. you won't be upset.

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Favorite Trail:   Bavington 5pts loop

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   wheelcraft ltd

Similar Products Used:   nothing really i've broke numerous other cranks, i finally settled on this in the late 90's when i was about 18 and have ridden nothing other than race face turbines since. amazing cranks thats really all i can say.

Bike Setup:   Fisher joshua FS, trek steel hardtail, fisher rig all with turbine lp's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dsnow23 a Cross Country Rider from Mill Valley, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2008

Strengths:    No flex, light weight. last forever.

Weaknesses:    No weaknesses.

Bottom Line:   
I've got the red ano square taper bb version and they still look great after many years of use. I've had other cranksets that started looking beat up after a few rides. The Turbine LPs look great, ride great, don't flex, and last forever. By the way, I weigh about 205 pounds and some cranks I've owned were super flexy.

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Favorite Trail:   Skeggs Point

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Big Swingin Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, Shimano LX, Topline SL

Bike Setup:   Ibis Szazbo

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bryan Fox a Weekend Warrior from Chico CA

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2008

Strengths:    Long life... I have used these cranks on about 10 different bikes over the years. Whenever I sold one of my bikes I always kept me Old school 180mm in Standard drive.. as newer bikes come out keeping the chain line right has been a mathmatical challenge but the old boys rock! I got mine as a gift from my old bike moved when I moved some gold watch huh?

Weaknesses:    Finding 110 chain rings are a challenge finding a front deraileur to shift them is getting harder. Currently I have an old XT (pre-compact drive) that has been bent into submission that has worked flawlessly for years.

Bottom Line:   
I have a buddy that has broken numerous pairs of these cranks and curses me for never having a problem with Race Face. He has destroyed numerous Marzocchi forks too. Some riders have a little thing called Finess when they ride and jump and are not hard on thier gear. Riders who started trail riding on rigid bikes understand this concept...
I ride every weekend weather permitting and I have never had a problem with mine EVER. Every couple rides I tighten the crank bolts to 55in/lbs like the manual says. As for the people who have creaking issues...here is what you do or ask your mechanic:
1. Grease the threads on the BB.
2. Wrap the threads of the BB with teflon plumbers tape. (this keeps out water too!)
3. Use a very small layer of grease on the taper where the crank comes in contact with the spindle. The Aluminum will "bite" down harder on the steel spindle with a little grease.
4. Make sure the chainring bolts are tight too... Aluminum on Aluminum will always creak unless there is a small layer of grease between...
I use Phil Wood grease for my projects...
I have been using and abusing these cranks since 1997! Mine even have a serial number(1007) too! Back in the day Race Face used higher quality 7000 series BILLET aluminum and CNC'd em out one big chunk of Uluminum and then heat treated them. But they were also charging 200 cost without rings for thier high quality product. Sounds like the people who are having problems breaking are getting cranks that are designed in Canada but manufactured in a big factory in Taiwan for OEM specs... one phrase comes to mind "You get what you pay for" If you want cranks that can take a 10' Drop and a huck or two... Profile (the BMX Crank Company not the people who make roadie stuff) makes a 4130 Cromoly Crank with a spider for downhillers. They are heavy but won't leave castorated by your top tube sacrafice weight for your testicles...

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Favorite Trail:   Downieville

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Delta Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, FSA, Cook Bros.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Chamelion with a SRAM 9.0 drivetrain xcept for my Old school 180's I use an old square taper XT bb called a UN92... good luck finding one of these!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon Sillito a Weekend Warrior from Durham UK

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2007

Strengths:    Silent, don't move, look cool.

Weaknesses:    Maybe should invent easier to use middle/large chainring bolts.

Bottom Line:   
Had these for 2 years, on two different bikes. They've been used extensively for trail and DH riding, and bar a few marks on the arm ends where they've hit rocks and the colour fading where my shoes rub, they're as good as new. They've ridden on numerous DH tracks and north shore, and I have a feeling that all those who have reported them breaking didn't fit them properly in the first place. The bottom bracket is still fine too.

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Favorite Trail:   Innerleithen DH

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes Bury

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Bullit, Shimano/MRP/RaceFace stuff.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by GUI a Racer from Land of RJ Reynolds

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2007

Strengths:    Got em 180 mm length / 110 BCD. I did not really pay much for them. Reasonably stiff

Weaknesses:    Fair to shoddy CNC work. Not like old Race Face stuff. Is this made in Taiwan?? Rings shift like not so good.Used to be better. Lots of flex versus FSA Carbon Pro Team cranks and Uncle Shim's stuff from the land of the rising sun. Ohh Yeah, get this, I used c5 anti sieze on ISIS spindle and when I needed to extract the cranks to change shoddy worn out Race Face rings, the extractor threads in cranks strip out. Cranks are going to be toast when middle ring finally wears out.

Bottom Line:   
The newer RACE FACE Stinks. Its too bad, I hate to see them go but thats the way it is.

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Favorite Trail:   Dark Mountain

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Don't remember

Similar Products Used:   FSA Carbon Pro, Shimano XT Hollow Point

Bike Setup:   Custom Steel Hardtail Fox 80 RLT, SRAM X9,Cane Creek Zonos, Avid SD7 brakes. Thomson everything else.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rob M. a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2006

Strengths:    stiff , strong

Weaknesses:    I thought these where the best cranks I've had. THEN I snapped the right arm off right in the middle of the arm. I was on a 35 mile xc ride and had to ride with left leg only for 10 miles to hwy to hitch to trail end. I am a 37 year old professional and I don't jump or crash. These cranks snapped on a steep CLIMB. LIFETIME WARRANTY-YEAH RIGHT! They would not answer my e-mails. I called and as soon as I said I was a consumer, I got serious negative attitude. I bought these with a build kit and the company is now gone. The guy was almost laughing at me. You think Race Face would want to SEE and LOOK at a right arm in two pieces. I am an honest person in a very honest profession. Everything here is true. Where is the customer support? The guy did not even want to here the story. Race Face, I'm so sorry I called your company and took up 60 seconds of your incredibly busy day.

Bottom Line:   
Read the LONG weakness section. Would have ranked 5/5 last month. Now with their sorry customer support very low.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   mail order

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT,XTR

Bike Setup:   Intense Tracer, Cane Creek wheelset, Marz. forks, thompson,shimano

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric a Weekend Warrior from Northern Minnesota

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2006

Strengths:    Cold forged aluminum, then CNCed = very, very, stong. Fairly lightweight.

Weaknesses:    Anodizing fades quickly and wears through in some spots where shoes sometimes rub.

Bottom Line:   
I know this is a somewhat dated review, but these cranks have been flawless for 9 years. Bought these cranks to replace the Specialized Strong Arms that came with the bike. Strong Arms lasted about 1 month before I bent them. The Turbine LPs are now 9 years old and still going strong. The only complaint I have about them is that the anodizing faded/rubbed off really quickly within the first year, but they haven't really faded much since then. Other than that, they have been absolutely bulletproof. These cranks have been slammed into rocks and taken 4 foot drops repeatedly without any issues.

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Favorite Trail:   Paul Bunyan Forest

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Island Park Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Strong Arm, Shimano LX & XT, Race Face Evolve X-Type.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpy M2 hardtail, Rock Shox fork, XT drive train.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by armando a Cross Country Rider from saltillo,coahuila,mexico

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2006

Bottom Line:   
titanuim

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2006

Strengths:    Strongest cranks I've ever used and I've being using them in their various forms (square taper/ISIS/2 piece/full size/compact) since the early 90's.

Weaknesses:    None that I've discovered.

Bottom Line:   
The best cranks out there bar none. Amazes me how some reviewer can blame the cranks when the bottom bracket fails!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Shimano

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Tazmon with Raceface cranks, Rocky Mountain Blizzard with Raceface cranks, Santa Cruz Heckler with Raceface cranks etc,.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by marcus q from soldotna, ak, usa

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2006

Strengths:    good ratings on this site....leaves cool scar(s)!!!

Weaknesses:    bottom bracket failure leads to scars

Bottom Line:   
Did a drop at speed, bottom bracket sheared off. Results were me slaming my face into the stem, and my ass slamming the seat at some descent force. Broken nose, head scar, inability to sit comforatably for 2 months+. I guess alright for everyday foolin around. Not to be trusted otherwise.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   was on bike when purchased

Similar Products Used:   saint

Bike Setup:   blah blah blah

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joel a Racer from Phoenixville

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2006

Strengths:    weight, color, strength

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
These cranke rock, I have bashed the crap out of them on anything and everything and they have never failed not even a litle flex and I weigh 190 and really crank with a 34/16 ratio. Light weight, tough, and for the price pretty unbeatable. Overall I think these cranks are good for almost any situation.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   too mony to list

Bike Setup:   Schwinn converted single speed

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jesse a Cross Country Rider from halifax, ns canada

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2006

Strengths:    strong light and quick-shifting! ISIS drive is sweet.

Weaknesses:    ummm yeah.....

Bottom Line:   
Great product sweet price on a good light strong crank. Ill buy raceface again. Did alot of review shopping for this and am very happy with product after hearing so many bad shimano xt reviews! Im 200 lbs and 6 ft i dont do big drops but i hammer crosscountry out of it and ride for speed, and yumps this crank takes it!

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Favorite Trail:   shubie

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   shimano Dx or LX not Xt


Bike Setup:   Avid disc(m), rockshox SID, Sram X9....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gaz Edmunds a Cross Country Rider from Washington, DC

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2005

Strengths:    Stiff, light, inexpensive, and pretty damned slick looking.

Weaknesses:    None that I've found.

Bottom Line:   
I've never had a problem with these cranks, period, and agree with the opinion of several of the reviewers on here - the folks who had issues with these cranks, are most likely folks who have no idea how to maintain their bike. These have been bounced off rocks and logs, ridden through streams, and caked in mud time and time again, and after a quick cleaning and the occasional lube, they perform as new. Price Point and various other online stores are blowing these out as a combo deal with an SRX BB - I jumped on it, and if you're in the market for a new set of cranks that are true performers, you will too.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Blue Sky Cycling

Similar Products Used:   XT (blech)

Bike Setup:   Ellsworth ISIS, Fox Vanilla RLC shock, Raceface Turbine LP cranks, XT hubs with Mavic X321 rims, SRAM X9 shifters and rear D, XT front D, Thomson Elite stem and seatpost, WTB Laser V ti saddle, Monkeylite bars, Avid BB7 mechanical discs with Speed Dial 7 levers, and Candy SL pedals...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by DAN STEPHENS a Cross Country Rider from DALLAS TX USA

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2005

Strengths:    STIFF CHAINRINGS

Weaknesses:    CRANK ARMS BREAK EASY

Bottom Line:   
I AM A 165LB. BIKE COURIER IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS. I RIDE 30 MILES 5 DAYS A WEEK. MY DRIVE SIDE CRANK ARM BROKE IN HALF AND I HIT MY NUTS ON MY BIKE!CHAD AT RACE FACE WARRANTY DEPARTMENT IS A PRICK! HE WAS RUDE ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS.HE SUCKS!I HAVE SPENT THOUSANDS ON RACE FACE STUFF AND EXPECT NICER TREATMENT.DONT BUY THESE CRANKS! MY FRIEND BROKE HIS ALSO.CHAD IS A PROBLEM IF YOU HAVE AN ISSUE.

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Favorite Trail:   DOWNTOWN

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $269.00

Purchased At:   BEYOND BIKES

Similar Products Used:   XT

Bike Setup:   CHAMELEON,FOX VANILLA,RACE FACE STEM, XT WHEELS,AVID BRAKES,XT SHIFTERS,XTR REAR SHIFTER.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kirk Denetclaw a Weekend Warrior from Albuquerque, NM, USA

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2005

Strengths:    Very Stiff cranks, smooth, reliable shifting, and looks.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
These are a great set of cranks. I have been riding these for nearly 2 years and haven't had a problem with them. I weigh 260lbs and ride 5-6 days a week (20 miles per ride), mainly XC hardpack with rockbeds. I would advise that you use a torque wrench to install the BB to specification. Actually purchased them to replace XT Hollowtech cranks which I had for a year(noticed two broken teeth of mid chain ring when removed). Noticed increased stiffness in my drive train compared to Hollowetch setup. Chainrings still holding up. I would recommend them to any XC rider that doesn't expect freeride or extreme trail riding performance from an XC product.

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Favorite Trail:   Petroglyphs

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX and XT Hollow tech.

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dragon,XO Grip shift, Sram XO rear der., XTR Front der., Chris K. headset, Chris K. hubs W/Sun Rhyno Lite rims custom built(thanks Leo), Syncros stem/seatpost, Avid SD-7 brakes, Marz. X-fly 80, RF ISIS turbine crankset w/Truvative gigapipe BB.

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I have older Raceface Turbine LP crank set and need some help..

I have Raceface Turbine LP crank set. It uses a Taper lock bottom bracket. I am trying to find a replacement bottom bracket. I have one but it's missing the bearing cups. Is there another brand bottom bracket that will fit my crank? Thanks for any help.Read More »

Loose crank bolt on creaky Raceface Turbine LP

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Q factor on Race Face Turbine LP Cranks?

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