Race Face have been in the Chainring and Crank business for a long time now. In recent years they have really pushed the envelope with Carbon production in Canada. The latest installation is the new Next SL Crank that is manufactured here in BC. The options on this set up are unrivaled.
• Intended use: XC / AM / Enduro
• Hollow carbon arms, aluminum 30mm spindle
• Removable spider
• Sizes: 170, 175mm
• BB options: BB92, 68/73 BSA, PF30, compatible with 190mm and 165/170mm fatbike standards
• Weight: 425g (175mm cranks with 34t direct mount ring)
The weight of these makes them an awesome upgrade to the latest XO1 equipped Santa Cruz Bronson’s as it also allows you to run a ring size lower than 30 if you feel you need it. Coupled with their new direct mount wide-narrow rings and the weight savings is even more. Oh and they come with rubber booties to protect them from strikes off rocks for bikes with lower BB’s.
Part of the crank’s light weight is achieved through the use of hollow carbon fiber arms. These hollow arms attach to an aluminum spindle that is 30mm in diameter, a change from the 24mm titanium spindle found on previous versions. According to Race Face, this change allowed them to achieve the same stiffness and strength of a steel spindle while still being lighter than the titanium version. Race Face also used a new aluminum alloy for the spindle that is claimed to be 20% stronger than the more common 7050 alloy. Compared to other cranksets that have the spindle permanently fixed to one of the crankarms, the Next SL’s spindle can be completely removed, allowing users to swap it out for one with a different width (Race Face has spindles available to fit fat bike BB spacing). Since the Next SL cranks have a 30mm spindle, in order to make them compatible with bikes that use Press Fit 92 bottom brackets a bearing with an outer lip is pressed directly into the frame. Eliminating the retaining cups allowed Race Face to use the same size bearings as are found in a 24mm spindled set up.
|These babies are expensive, comparable in price to Shimano’s aluminum XTR crankset, but bear in mind that the Next SL cranks are likely the lightest production crankset on the market. Plus, the large number of possible chainring and spindle options should help prevent them from becoming obsolete whenever the next chainring / bottom bracket “standard” arrives. We’d say the Next SL makes the grade, coming in at an incredibly light weight while still being able to handle the full gamut of riding styles, and the fact that they’re made in Canada earns them bonus points as well. – Mike Kazimer|
Stop by the store to get a closer look and different options available. For more information on the Next SL check out RaceFace’s website.