Hope initially made short EVO cranks for extra clearance on e-bikes, and ended up experimenting with even shorter lengths after seeing some additional benefits. The brand settled on 155mm as…
SRAM GX Eagle DUB Alloy crank is SRAM’s massively popular, best quality and priciest aluminium crank. It was completely overhauled last year and uses the brand’s relatively new DUB axle…
SRAM X01 Eagle DUB Carbon chainset is rated for enduro and uses carbon arms with a structural foam core and the forged and machined X-Sync 2 chainring.
The 12-speed Shimano XT M8100 crank profile is derived from the latest Shimano XTR chainset and uses a direct-mount chainring.
Shimano SLX M7100 crank is the lowest-tier crank using Shimano’s top-level manufacturing technology and comes in a swish gunmetal blue or black colourway.
The snazzy, fat-armed Race Face Next R cranks are plenty stiff enough, impressively low weight and not overly expensive
The Hope Evo is Hope’s second-generation mountain bike crank. It’s lighter and stiffer and uses a totally revised design at the axle/ arm interface.
The E*Thirteen XCX Race crank arms are made by a patented compression moulding process and bonded to an oversized 30mm alloy axle.
High-end Cane Creek eeWings weigh about the same as leading carbon cranks, but enjoy the advantage of superior impact resistance, stiffness and durability.
With short crank arms, 165mm in this case, you don't actually have much choice. Essentially you've got Shimano and SRAM mid-tier options. Or Race Face.
In terms of power to weight the Race Face Next SL G4 really is a superb – it’s also silly light, sensibly stiff and cheaper than other carbon cranks.
The Truvativ Descendant Carbon is a great first step on the carbon crank ladder; factor in £80 worth of chainring and, it’s actually more of a bargain.
Praxis has done an excellent job on the Praxis Works Lyft crank, it’s stiff, lightweight, top quality and it should stay that way too.
Offers fantastic performance and reliability and really does look stunning.
Stiff, reasonably light and cheap… just a shame the Praxis BB doesn't stand up to scrutiny - £239.96
Shimano’s new XT groupset promises better versatility than XTR at a fraction of the cost. What better way to test it than 10,000m of Alpine descending?
Not a bad crank, but it fails to stand out in a very competitive field - £295 (No chainring or BB)
Super light, incredibly stiff and compatible with nearly every set up imaginable - £429 (N0 BB)
Specced on everything from the Epic up to the Enduro, so it must be doing something right - £500 (No chainring)