The Stylo SL and Stylo Team are completely redesigned for 2003. The Stylo crankarms are forged from AL-7050-TV alloy, which increases ISIS Drive interface and pedal thread strength. We've added new chamfering and disengagement features to all our rings for easier, chainsuck-free downshifting and improved upshifting. The Stylo Team uses nickel-plated chainrings and alloy hardware, including self-extracting crank bolts, for maximum weight savings. ISIS Drive interface only. For cross-country use. This is the crankset that Team Maxxis's Kashi Leuchs will race on for 2003! Mirror Black or Mirror Blue finish.
Weaknesses: some complain about the ISIS drive, i have no problem with it. I do not like the alloy chainring bolts
These are really nice cranks i must say. Very stiff, good for XC. THey are light, lighter than most, look at the FSA carbon stuff and you pay 200 more for 50 grams less. One thing i also like is the finish, the black is what i have. It does not come off very easily if that matters to you. THe chain rings do not show very much wear at all, nothing abnormal at least. I know that some complain about the ISIS drive but i had no problem with it. I have a rather light one too, Token. One thing i dislike greatly is the alloy chainring bolts! THese things are weak, round out easily. I suggest buying titanium or something stronger. That is my only gripe about this product, these cranks are great and i would say are on par with things more expensive.
a Cross Country Rider
from Gothenburg, Sweden
Date Reviewed: September 12, 2004
Strengths: Shifts well, stiff, strong
Weaknesses: Try to find a ISIS bottom bracket that will last!
The crankset has worked quite well over 12 months of use for cross country use, including wet and muddy conditions. Haven't had any issues with bolts coming loose or shifting problems. Never needed to touch anything since the installation. Can't notice any major wear on the chainrings either. Will probably last another 12 months of use. The Trek Fuel has quite low bb height so you do hit the crankarms against rocks and other objects from time to time but they have held up with that just fine.
There is only one thing that is negative which isn't the cranks fault but rather the ISIS bottom brackets. I've used it with the TruVativ GigaPipe Team SL -03 bottom bracket which is in comparison a poor product. If you look at other reviews of ISIS bb's there isn't a single one which seems to be lasting more than 6 months. And with the overpriced BB's ($100+) which don't last anyway it is cheaper to buy a Shimano XT integrated crank system once a year.
a Cross Country Rider
from Las Vegas
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2004
Strengths: Shifting, weight, stiffness, durability, price, customer service
Having a couple of other bikes with the older type Stylo Team (separate spider), there was no doubt about buying the new Stylo for the Dakar build this spring. Got to love it; stronger, stiffer, and easier to build/use with the integrated spider and 7000 Al. Their customer service is courteous, knows their products, and doesn't try to baffle you with B.S.
Shifting is very good although I pulled off the front XTR derailleur and am using a like new old STX. Wider STX cage doesn't have all the chain rub of the XTR and shifts good enough for me; I pretty much stay on the 32t. Yeah, yeah cross chaining... I know.
There are lots of baby heads/ledges, loose rocks trying to smash equipment on the trails I usually ride. Have already put some significant dimples in the Dakar downtube from rocks off the front tire but the rings are OK. Took a big rock the other day and it must have hit the rings somewhere. The newer rings are, I believe, a little thicker/heavier, and I can't find any bent up teeth, yet. Maybe just lucky so far; really need to go bash ring in place of the 44t.
I don't think you can do much better for a crankset unless you go with the new, really big $ stuff and as good as these cranks are, don't see much need to.
Truvativ Stylos are the best crank deal going. Five flaming bananas for both value and overall.
a Cross Country Rider
from New Berlin, WI, USA
Date Reviewed: May 17, 2004
Strengths: Stiff, light, good looking, shifts super smooth
Weaknesses: Weak, weak, weak, auto extractor system...
OK. Yes, the extractor is really weak, BUT the guys at TRUVATIV are 150% ready to stand behind their product... kudos to Rob, stepped up, no questions asked replacement with the new and improved '04 model. He swears they've fixed the problem and even has asked for my feedback!!! When was the last time a company cared about what you thought of their products!?! The most awesome part fot he whole deal? THese cranks simply Rock! They are very light, and yet handle my 205 lbs of thrashing without even a hint of flex or missed shifts... simply fantastic. You know a product is good when you forget that it is even there, and that how it goes with Stylo Team cranks!
Similar Products Used: Sugino, and pre-2003 Truvative Stylo Team ISIS
Bike Setup: K2 Razorback, Marzochi, SRAM x.7, Avid Mech Disc Brakes, etc.
from Rangiora, New Zealand
Date Reviewed: April 18, 2004
Strengths: Fantastic weight, shifts nicely, no flex under power.
Weaknesses: None found yet.
One of the lightest cranksets around, yet performs well under power, both climbing and on the flat. Rings seem to be wearing very slowly. If performance without the weight is what you are after, I can recommend these after 20 XC races ranging from 20km speedfests to 100km+ epics.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 18, 2004
Strengths: they are Cheap and nice and light. look good in the black
Weaknesses: Chainrings wear really really fast. (have been through 5 mid rings this year, only done 10000 km. Finish rubs of cranks really easy. Cranck bolts round out to easy. Q factor is way to wide. Stupid 4 bolt rings make it impossible to run 19 or 20 or 29 or 30 or 31 toth rings. 44 ring flexes alot under load. They still insist on using the crazy isis bb and spline that is nothing but trouble. Bearings seem to wear really guick and the cranks don't stay tight because there is not enough taper on spindle. Why don't they make a norrow BB 113 is way to wide.
Don't get them if you have the money for better one. but for $110 they aren't to bad. Only use them for light duty XC as I have seen plenty snap under heavy trail use.
Weaknesses: Nada, zip, zero. Okay if I have to say something, I purchased one of the early production 03 cranksets which had the conventional (not dual hex head) chainring bolts. They did tend to come loose and were a bit of a hastle to tighten up.
In 6 months of use on conditions ranging from rocky, technical singletracks in my local mountains to XC races in the dusty Big Bear area, I have NEVER, NOT ONCE, dropped a chain, missed a shift going into the granny ring, chain sucked or had the chain hang up on any of the rings either downshifting or upshifting. What more needs to be said? I certainly can't say the same for the Race Face or Shimano products I've used.
In addition customer service is awesome. Call up the boys at Truvativ and you will always talk to a courteous person who obviously is passionate about the sport and can answer any question you might have. I bought one of the earlier 03 Stylo Teams and the chainring bolts were not the dual hex head type. I gave Truvativ a ring and they sold me two complete sets of bolts for the price of one. They arrived in just a few days to boot!
The price of the crankset (compared to top of the line Shimano or Race Face) is just icing on the cake. Buy this crankset and you will not be disappointed!
Similar Products Used: Shimano XT, Truvativ Stylo Team 02, Bontrager Race, Race Face Turbine LP.
Bike Setup: 01 Trek Fuel with 03 Stylo Team crankset, Rock Shox SID, Shimano XTR chain, XT/XTR drivetrain, SRAM 9.0 cogset, Mavic 517/XTR, Avid SD 7 brakeset, WTB SST. 98 saddle, and of course, my favorite tires: Panaracer Fire XC Pros.
from Kiev, Ukraine
Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003
Strengths: LIGHT!!! in the same category wight as XTR hell stiff looks cool ISIS
Weaknesses: shifting is not as good as on Shimano products
best crank for the money. ISIS is SO MUCH STIFFER than square!!! so if (1) you're doing some non-aggressive riding, (2)you're a weight obsessed, and (3) you're not too good with cash to afford XTR or NEXT LP, then this is the best crank you ya!
a Cross Country Rider
from Colorado Springs
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2003
Strengths: Inexpensive -- Colorado Cyclist had the 2003 models on sale early in the year for 110.00 -- including a Truvativ SL Bottom Bracket. Even full price they're pretty inexpensive for nice cranks.
Strong and pretty stiff
Weaknesses: None I can think of
These are excellent cranks, especially considering the price. I have two sets (one 02 model and one 03) and have no complaints. They are light, strong, and comparitively cheap.
Any xc or trail rider looking for great performance for a great price should definitely try these
a Cross Country Rider
from Santa Barbara
Date Reviewed: August 12, 2003
Strengths: Light weight and cost.
The WTB rear XC lite hub, XT cog and Truvativ crank gives precise, smooth shifts. I'll admit this was a lucky combo because the bike came with the XT cog and WTB XC Lite hubs. It just didn't seem right to leave the LX crank with such nice components. I researched cranks and thought RaceFace was the best, well, not after reading the specs and trying the Truvativ cranks. What a bargain for the weight and performance. I opted for the Ti BB with dual bearings on the crank side. The bike is absoulutely STEALTH...silent shifting...my bike doesn't make that annoying ten-sped clicking when your not pedaling. I give it 5 and 5 for price, weight and performance.
Bike Setup: XT components, Hayse Hydraulic Disks, Weyless SP Frame, Weyless Carbon Bars, Fox Float, 2003 Re-worked Duke SL U Fork, Ti Screw Kit, Sette Ti skewers, WTB 2.4 Motoraptor Rear, WTB 2.5 Weirwolf Front, WTB XC Lite Hubs and Laser Rims.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Francisco, CA
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2003
Strengths: Super strong and stiff, power transfer, WEIGHT and PRICE (or lack of, I should say).
Weaknesses: None i can think of, other than compact chainring size isn't the most ideal for taller or heavier riders.
This sucka is super stiff and very light. For the price, strength, and weight, nothing beats it. This new 2003 model is definitely and upgrade to older versions, but without upgrading the price drastically. We no longer have to dream of a crankset like this when budget is our barrier, get this sucker for under $160 brand new, and it's comparable to those pushing $300.
The Stylo Team '03 hasn't let me down in any terrain I've taken it on--climbing, downhilling a bit, muddy areas, loose terrain, hardpack, and occassional street riding. This is power-transfer galore, only next to Carbon (but not in price). The chainrings are also incredibly stiff and nickel plating is a major plus.
I would also say, it feels good supporting smaller companies like Truvativ, this is really innovative designing and quality that only makes mountain biking more interesting and fun to be into.
Strengths: With a lightweight Ti BB these cranks are lighter than XTR, and a heck of a lot cheaper too! The 7050 Aluminum arms, all alloy chainring bolts, and nickel plated 7075 rings make it very light, strong, and simple to remove with the self extracting deep socket alloy bolts. The Mirror Black finish looks good, even if not very durable. I can't live without the ISIS spline; ISIS is so much stronger, lighter, and stiffer than a square spindle!
Weaknesses: They're not ultra stiff like XTR, but they're a lightweight XC crank and the XTR's cost a whole lot more. The Mirror Black finish wears off if your shoe or pantleg rubs on it much, or gets scraped by rocks.
A very nice crank for those wanting the next best thing to XTR, without the $$$. These are strong, lightweight, and fairly affordable. The ISIS BB is far superior to any square spindle. Best XC cranks, 2nd only to new XTR. 5 for value because same weight w/ Ti BB, better shifting, and much cheaper. 4 for overall because they could be a little stiffer (in comparison to the new XTR).
a Cross Country Rider
from Moscow, Idaho
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2003
Strengths: This might be a premature review being that I have only taken the crank out for two rides, but so far I am completely satisfied. This crank is very stiff and light. I love the mirror black crank arms and the nickel finished chain rings. They look sexy. Truvativ claims to have built an anti chain suck device into the chain rings and thus far it seems to be working well.
Weaknesses: You need to be careful with the self extracting bolts. When removing or installing the crank be sure to use a 8 mm allen wrench that is in good shape. Also make sure to stick the allen wrench to the very bottom of the self extracting bolts or you will very likely strip or crack the aluminum. Don't use the combo bottom bracket/crank tool because it doesn't allow the 8mm allen wrench to go deep enough into the self extracting bolt. This combo tool will ruin your self extracting bolts.
This is a sweet crank for the price. I will give it five chilis for value and an overall rating of 5.
Similar Products Used: I don't know. This is something new for me. I like it though.
Bike Setup: Schwinn Homegrown Frame, Mavic 517's laced on shimano XT hubs, XTR shifters and break levers, XTR rear derailleur, XT front derailleur, Avid Arch Rival V-Brakes, Judy XC Rock Shox, Truvativ Stylo Team XC 2003 crank, 2003 Giga Pipe SL BB, XTR cassette.
Date Reviewed: April 22, 2003
Strengths: Very stiff, Im a big guy and I didnt flex it on hard climbs. Pretty light for the price... I wouldnt pay double for the XTR to save 7 grams(YES 7 GRAMS!!!) over a bb/crankset combo.
Weaknesses: None so far but Ive heard the bolts develop creaking after a few months of hard use.
GREAT value for the money. And the finish is as good or better than XTR, costing so much more. I got the blue cos its my girl's fav color(LOVES YA PIX) and Ive scuffed it over god knows how many rocks and after some polish it looks just like new. Its just a sexy crankset with an above average performance at a pretty awesome value. 5 chilis for the value cos it rocks. And 4 chilis overall cos of the supposed creaky bolts but I'll change this to 5 if i dont have any problems with it later. Rock on!!!
Similar Products Used: XTR, XT, Race Face, Cook Bros, KOOKA
Bike Setup: JBC Pro Scandium, Skareb Elite fork, Xtr/SRAM drivetrain, KMC Gold chain, the usual light stuff.
from Huntsville, AL USA
Date Reviewed: April 3, 2003
Strengths: Light, Smooth Shifting, Good looks and definitely stiffer than the previous models.
Weaknesses: None yet
I don't think there's a better crank for the money on the market. These are stiff, as light as most super high-end cranks and cost half as much. I would recommend these cranks to anyone at any level. Truvativ says the durability of the 7000 Series aluminum is much better than the 6000 Series used in the past. Only time will tell but so far these cranks are great.