Race Face Launches Aeffect R Cranks, Dropper Post, & Lever

Aug 14, 2019
by Race Face  

We are stoked to be expanding the range of products in our mid-range all mountain and enduro focused Aeffect R group with the addition of a new crankset, dropper post, and lever. Get all the R rated details below!

Aeffect R Crankset
$129.99 USD MSRP

Aeffect R cranks - now in a 165mm length!

Designed in Canada, the Aeffect R crankset brings enduro rated strength and performance with its forged 7050 AL construction that optimizes stiffness while minimizing overall weight. The Aeffect R uses our versatile and future proof CINCH System for plenty of direct mount 1x ring and spider options, and features our trusted 24mm diameter EXI spindle. In addition to 170 and 175mm lengths, we’ve added a 165mm length, making the Aeffect R a rock solid crankset choice for hard charging, aggressive trail riders.

• Deep pocket net forged from 7050 AL for superior stiffness
• Boost compatible 24mm EXI spindle
• New 165mm length
• CINCH spider interface
• Can run Alloy or Steel Cinch DM Rings
• Black satin finish
Built For: Trail/All Mountain/Enduro
Spindle Diameter: 24mm (Boost compatible)
Spiders: Direct Mount, 2x 104/64mm bcd (Boost spider available)
CINCH Alloy Direct Mount: 26T, 28T, 30T, 32T, 34T, 36T
CINCH SHI 12sp: 30T, 32T, 34T
CINCH Steel Direct Mount: 28T, 30T, 32T
Weight: 632g (32T DM Alloy, W/O BB) 696g (32T DM Steel, w/o BB)
BB Compatibility: BSA, BB92, PF30
Size: 165, 170, 175mm

Aeffect R Dropper Post
Price: $199.99 USD (no lever)

Introducing the Aeffect R Dropper Post. Yes, it's a budget friendly option for riders wanting a simple, trouble free dropper post – but really it’s so much more. A sealed damping system wrapped in 7075 aluminum makes the Aeffect R a lightweight dropper that also features internal cable routing compatible to modern frame designs and is available up to a 170mm drop. This post will keep you on your bike with less service down time, delivering you countless days in the saddle and plenty of good times. The Aeffect R dropper will always be ready for your next ride!

• Cable actuated, hydraulic cartridge - Infinite adjust within travel
• Cartridge system extremely reliable and easily serviceable
• NEW DU Bushing in the upper nut and increased upper tube diameter improves stiffness and durability
• Same 2-bolt saddle clamp system as our Ride and Chester posts
• Aeffect R lever sold separately (post is also compatible with Turbine R universal and 1x lever)
• Uses standard shifter cable and housing
Size: 30.9 or 31.6mm
Length: 100mm = 323mm / 125mm = 378mm / 150mm = 425mm / 170mm = 465mm (not including actuation extension out the bottom of the lower tube)
Drop: 100mm / 125mm / 150mm / 170mm
Head Type: Zero offset, 2-bolt micro adjust
Material: 7075 ALLOY
Weight: 31.6x100=482g / 31.6x125=530g / 31.6x150=602g / 31.6x170=638g

Aeffect R Dropper Lever
$39.99 USD MSRP

Sitting under your bar for a clean cockpit set-up, the ergonomic Aeffect R 1x lever keeps things simple by using standard shifter cable and housing. It's compatible with both the Aeffect R and Turbine R dropper posts.

• Ergonomic 1x lever
• Sits under bar for a clean look
• Smooth and easy lever action
• Uses standard shifter cable and housing
• Also compatible with the Turbine R dropper post
Colour: BLACK
Compatible with: Aeffect R and Turbine R dropper posts

The Aeffect R group of products are available now globally through your favorite Race Face dealer and also in Canada from www.shopRFE.ca




  • 54 3
 thank you race face for not making those cranks with a 30mm axle. Not down with replacing bbs every three weeks
  • 8 1
 Came here to say the same thing.
  • 13 3
 Couldn’t agree more. RF bottom brackets still suck. I think I’ll actually buy these for my DJ
  • 3 0
 I have had a Rotor bb on my turbine cranks for 3 years with no issues. On the other end, the aeffect cranks preload is pretty weak and results in shorter bb life - i have it on another bike and i already change it twice.
  • 12 0
 24mm spindle FTW
  • 5 0
 30mm Hope BB running strong for two years with my 30mil Turbine Cinch crank. Don't understand all the hate. And yes I ride all year round and we got proper winters Smile
  • 6 2
 @crisotop: hope has oversized external bearings, most companies use the same outer diameter as for 24mm spindles. If you run pressift with 30mm spindle even quality Hope bearings won’t help you.
  • 1 0
 Wheels Mfg 30mm angular contact bearing BBs are great! I have two for my threaded BBs.
  • 1 0
 @rpinciuc: I tried angular contact bearings once (Enduro) and they didn't last any longuer than a standard Shimano XT bottom bracket. Still better than the Race Face BSA 30mm ones but clearly not worth the higher price tag.
  • 1 0
 @crisotop: The hate is for the Race Face BB and what absolute garbage and how expensive it is.
  • 4 0
 Just swap the bearings (not the cups) for SKF ones and you bb will last way longer.
  • 1 0
Sadly my hope 30mm lasted 2 rides. The second one was wet. The double row means it seized twice as hard
  • 2 0
 @lRaphl: XT BBs are pretty great compared to raceface 30mm BBs so that's not bad performance. Wheels Mfg are comparatively expensive though. But at least you CAN buy a decent 30mm BB. Some people don't think it's possible.
  • 1 0
 @lRaphl: if you can get morgan blue competition campa grease it’s great for bearings
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Dub bottom brackets. No pinch bolts though. Wink
  • 25 0
 The lever is exactly the same as the one from BrandX, so the post probably is too. Which is a good thing, except maybe the price markup...
  • 7 0
 Check out the ZTTO lever. Sealed bearing goodness for $25.
  • 1 4
 @ninjatarian: or buy the brand x lever for £25. Available in I-spec too....
  • 7 0

Sure has a lot of similarities to the 170 brandx post...they both have a 465mm length, not including the actuator...
  • 6 0
 That was my thought, looks identical to the BrandX which I own and has been great so far.
  • 2 0
 @AllenM: My external one as well. The saddle has a bit more play than some other options, but on par with a Transfer for example. I think the internals are the same for the posts from Pro and OneUp and some others...
  • 8 0
 They're all essentially re-branded Tranz-X (this RF model, BrandX, PNW, OneUp)...
  • 4 0
 @bertbc: I'm pretty sure the OneUp is not a re-branded TransX...but the rest are TransX posts rebranded...Also add in the Shimano/PRO branded posts.
  • 3 0
 @neons97: I think you are correct, the one up uses a very different looking actuator than the others, and the dimensions appear to be different as well.
  • 2 0
 @ninjatarian: Got one for my Giant dropper, great stuff.
  • 4 0
 @nozes: I'm running a ZTTO lever with my OneUp V2. Premium feeling lever, for sure.
  • 1 0
 Eh nm.
  • 1 0
 Just about double the price of Brand-X - without including the lever! They'll still capture people who want the badge/don't know any better.
  • 1 0
 @gkeele: I’m guessing 90% of sales will be OEM.
  • 2 0
I have one of those. Works very smooth.
Best dropper lever I ever used.
  • 12 0
 Hopefully the 170mm cranks don't have an extra 5-10mm hanging off the end beyond the pedal. The previous Aeffect 170s are obviously the same forging as the 175 (maybe even the 180) with just the hole drilled and tapped at a different length.

All of which means that even with a 170mm effective crank length that's nice to my knees and gives more pedal to ground clearance, you can still smash the very long crank itself into rocks, and that's pretty stupid.
  • 2 0
 Came here hoping to find out the exact same thing. I'd replace my current affects in a heartbeat if these actually have different forging lengths.
  • 2 1
 Possible to grind 5 mm off?
  • 1 0
 And OEM customers like Rocky Mountain knowingly spec'd these on many bikes? Hopefully those were all 175mm, as that would be less deceptive. Thanks for the heads up.
  • 11 2
 Hey there! For clarification. The Aeffect R cranks are optimized 170 and 165mm length cranks.Forged to those lengths with the pedal hole drilled in the 'standard' placement for the length of arm. There will be ZERO extra material at the ends of these Aeffect R crankarms.
  • 7 2
 To be clear both the Aeffect 170mm and 165mm have trimmed ends - no extra material at the end of the crank.
  • 1 0
 @raceface: that's good to know. As I was pretty peeved when I got my previous gen Aeffect cranks and found they were 175 with the hole drilled further onboard.
  • 1 0
 Now, if I could just find the Rs on sale somewhere...
  • 1 0
 @raceface: Bullshit! I just got an Aeffect R 170mm, and there is 14-15mm from the end of the crank to the spindle hole. Exactly the same as the plain Aeffect 170mm and the Ride 170mm, and def more (at least 5mm, maybe more in fact!) than any other 175mm I've seen.

This is ridiculous. Does RaceFace make a 24mm spindle crank that actually uses different castings for different lengths? And please don't tell me to look at Turbine or something else 30mm and expensive... because I would already be there, except that my frame (Commencal Meta SX) can only fit 24mm spindles because of internal BB shell clearances.

I'll be returning my Aeffect Rs, and grinding my plain Aeffects down. Then when my current Cinch chainring needs replacing, I'm going to Shimano cranks. That 5+mm of clearance is too important, and it doesn't help that RaceFace is being cheap (I'd pay more than the current Aeffect R price if they had less overhang) and then lying about it.
  • 1 0
 @just6979: Thanks for the update--their clarification above was unconvincing. Add a photo to yr profile of old & new cranks side-by-side and the b.s. will be more fully documented.
  • 1 1
 @ceecee @raceface: www.pinkbike.com/u/just6979/album/RaceFace-lies

Definitively NOT an different casting on the Rs.

(I realized I didn't get a pic of the front of all three cranks. I'll add it tonight.)
  • 1 0
 @just6979: I know this is old, but just to clarify... SRAM appears to do exactly the same thing. In your pics you compared a 175mm Stylo crank to the RF ones, but if you had compared that 175 Stylo to a 170 Stylo, you will see that they do exactly the same thing as Race Face. I can't say the same thing for Shimano as I could not find any to compare.
  • 1 0
 @motopsycho: Yes, but RaceFace _told me_ they weren't doing the re-drill thing.

However, they did eventually change the Aeffect R cranks to actually use a different casting. I returned the ones in the pic and now I have 170s with a small enough overhang that Specialized Boomslang pedals' bearing bulge actually sticks out further.

I do have a Shimano 172.5 set and the overhang looks comparable to the Stylo 175 _and the new RF 170.
  • 1 0
 @motopsycho: M8000 170mm and M8100 165mm. The longer one has no additional pedal axle center-to- crank tip length.
  • 1 0
 @ceecee: you mean the shorter one has no additional? the longer one wouldn't be expected to...
  • 1 0
 @just6979: correct; thanks.
  • 18 4
 Aeffect dropper post or OneUp? I know where my money is going & its not to FoxFace Corp.
  • 8 0
 Been running the 170mm OneUp for more than year now. Have just done one "Service", just greased it and put some more air in it. Rock solid.
  • 11 6
 I have a OneUp, wouldn't recommend it. Have serviced it weekly and had to add air every 2 weeks or so. Has a sticky spot that is a pain. My PNW is 3 years old as smooth as day 1.
  • 6 3
 Yeah, the v2 one-up kinda sucks though, unfortunately
  • 6 7
 Given that the OneUp is a modified version of the Brand X, I would just go with Brand X and save some $$ unless you want to be able to adjust the drop with OneUp shims

I assume that this is another variation of that same post.
  • 19 2
 Just get a Transfer and never have to worry about buying another dropper again.
  • 10 2
 @ninjatarian: The OneUp V2 is like 2" shorter than the Brand X and comes in a 210mm.
  • 1 0
 I use Brand X on my Trek, no issues for the past 6months except sometimes the post return is slow
  • 3 1
 My oneup v1 gets "stuck" at the top of the travel and I have to really sit on it hard to get it to go down. It doesn't always break free immediately, which is bad when you need to drop the seat on a trail. My next dropper will be a different brand.
  • 6 3
 Same here, definitely putting my money on OneUp as the next dropper.
  • 2 0
 @jordanrh: is it fully hilted, or close? Loosen the seatpost clamp.
  • 1 0
 @chriskneeland: 110% yes. Unless you need a more compact post, then OneUp. Can get a post plus rebuild kit and spare cartridge for basically same price as a transfer, and it'll still last a good long time anyway.
  • 2 0
 I've got a V1 OneUp 150 31.6. After it sits a while the first actuation is sticky, but otherwise it returns/extends smoothly & quickly @250psi, which is the most important aspect (to me). Compressing it takes a decent amount of force if you're not centered on the post. So I don't know if I need to reduce the pressure or what. The seat collar is torqued as low as it can go without slipping, using carbon/assy paste. It actuates the same with the collar torqued higher as well so probably not the issue. My post also developed some rotational play (3-4mm at the seat front), but that doesn't bother me. She's hooked to a Wolftooth Light Action Remote. All in all I like it, especially for the fast extension. I've done nothing to it and it's been 100% reliable. Getting it on sale was a bonus. I have about 50kft descending 35kft ascending so far this year.
  • 4 1
 PNW. I have both and the oneup has a sticky spot on it which is quite annoying. PNW is always buttery smooth. I even put fork boost on the oneup every time I clean my bike and it get slight better but goes to ass town real quick.
  • 9 2
 Obligatory "you haven't experienced dropper post bliss until you've ridden the bikeyoke revive" post. It's so much better than the oneup and the transfer I also own.
  • 4 1
 I recently ordered v1 dropper from OneUp as it was on a discount. Received it with a huge bushing play when at full extension, was really hard to compress when in saddle due to this. Since i ordered on some german site, i had to deal with them for warranty issues. They were kind to replace it with v2 dropper for the price of v1. When i was still waiting for the new dropper to arrive, i still used the new v2 remote. I have had i minor crash and snapped the barrel adjuster (so easy), thats ok, replaceable. Now i received the v2 dropper and IT HAS THE SAME BUSHING PLAY, this is so annoying i am trying to get a working dropper from them without a play since June. Please hear me ONEUP.

All that meanwhile time, i was riding with my stock 125mm RF Aeffect post, which i wish was just at least 150mm. Wanting to get a refund and buy another RF post with bigger drop...
  • 2 2
 @chriskneeland: until you have to service it. then off to Fox it goes.
  • 1 5
flag onemanarmy Plus (Aug 14, 2019 at 12:24) (Below Threshold)
 @stella10: Unless you're 6'5" why do you need a 210mm post?
  • 4 2
 @onemanarmy: cuz moar for same money is always betters, even if the saddle goes below the top of the rear tyre and the first time you will ride over a bigger rock on a steep shute your starfish will learn what WT means
  • 2 0
 @onemanarmy: I’m 6ft even and the 210 has been really nice on steeper technical trails. Liking it a lot more than 170 and when compared to a medium or small frame my max drop now puts the seat in the same height in relation to my bars as theirs whereas before the seat was alway higher than the bars.
  • 2 0
 @jordanrh: I had this problem too, turns out the top bushing had gone bad. Contact OneUp and they can get you a replacement. The new one is much better, seems to have addressed the issue.
  • 4 0
 OneUp for sure. Their customer service is fantastic and they are good people up there that are legit riders and aren't Corp shills.

I've had the v1 170mm and have the v2 210mm (I'm 6-4). The v1 was pretty good for the money. I had a the issue with the post not extending fully but the new IGUS bushing has seemingly fixed it. Might need some grease once in a while but that is literally a 60sec NoTool thing. I still like the v1 but wanted the 210mm. But you will buy the v2 anyways which is pretty damn nice for the price!

Get it with the free 2.1 actuator which uses the cable instead of housing, making it smoother to press the lever (grease actuator on install btw). The post is great so far and comes up quick at 275 psi with no stiction. Also I dont have to un-weight the v2 to actuate it either (maybe that's part of the 2.1 actuator too) which was a welcomed surprise. Its nice, real nice. And it's not a tank like the brandX stuff and is a shorter size with more length AND it comes with the ability to reduce travel by 10 to 20mm using metal shims...which cant be understated when you are going long! It's very nice and done by very good people that have done nothing but treat me and others well. I literally see the owner working with people on forums and via email etc. Good stuff!!
  • 3 0
 @chriskneeland: transfer is good until you have to do a service - impossible. Only Fox can do it.Q
Best so far are my BrandX, also the levers are great. My Oneup is a bit different, I will see....
  • 2 0
 @cxfahrer: what's it like to service the brand X?
  • 12 0
 Nice catalog dropper...
  • 1 6
flag privateer-wheels (Aug 14, 2019 at 8:23) (Below Threshold)
 That's pretty much what most would have said about about the Affect non-R. That it was just another Brand-x or X-trans post. But it in fact has different internals.
  • 9 2
 The normal affect dropper is absolute trash though. Highest failure rate of all droppers, of all time in our store.
  • 6 1
 Yup, RF Aeffect, PNW Bachelor, TranzX, Brand-X. All the same thing...
  • 3 7
flag privateer-wheels (Aug 14, 2019 at 9:24) (Below Threshold)
 @CaseVentura: no, they are not. This had been confirmed in tear-down reviews. Search for it.
  • 1 0
 @CaseVentura: as per the teardown, are the they same? I had thought the others used a non-serviceable cart.
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wbc: what’s different about them?
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wbc: That is a non-serviceable cartridge. A killer suspension mechanic was able to disassemble and reassemble but no available seal/rebuild kit = non-servicable. This is the same cartridge/post as Brand-X etc.
  • 1 0
 @stella10: Thanks for the clarification! I had thought they were different units.
  • 7 0
 Cranks are not a place where I care to spend a lot of money, which is why I like Aeffects. Affordable and super easy to set up. Happy to see a nicely upgraded version become available in the same price range.
  • 9 0
 That's a BrandX ascend lever (chain reaction brand) with Raceface logo on it.
  • 1 0
 Agree. I have the same lever. Came with TranzX 170.
  • 4 0
 Good idea. Keep releasing new products but never respond to any of your customers emails or messages or sell your small parts anywhere. I guess the whole "just buy a new one" is the business model for RaceFace.
  • 4 0
 Same dropper as TranzX, Brand X, Cube. Only difference is those ones come with a lever!
  • 2 0
 I like this crank. It allows cheaper and Identical 24mm bearings for my wheels manufacturing screw together BB (like Shimano) with steel direct mount chainrings (like SRAM). Best of both worlds in my view.
  • 6 4
 Holy damn guys, what’s with the USD dollars all the time? It’s a Canadian company and a Canadian website. Let the Americans do the math for once!
  • 5 0
 It's an American company now...
  • 1 1
 Shhhhh! If you are on the west coast of Canada (or elsewhere in Canada but don't know) the price is similar in CAD in my experience.
  • 9 3
 As an American, I can tell you, you don't want most Americans doing math.
  • 1 3
 Sorry, Canada never been to the moon so they do it our way.
  • 4 1
 The dropper also seems a Brand x...
  • 4 3
 Are these new components going to fail as quickly as the rest of your garbage? Worst customer service I’ve experienced in any field. Raceface suuuuuucks!
  • 3 0
 165!!! You'll be getting my money, hot damn
  • 2 1
 How the hell do you sell a dropper and make the lever extra that's just fucking stupid!!! Why not just put them together and make the price 239.99.
  • 1 0
 Id rather buy my lever separately
  • 2 0
 Love me the availability of 26 and 28t dm steel chainrings foe Aeffect
  • 1 0
 I've got a bike Yoke dropper now. Super smooth, quick and easy. Best I've ever ridden.
  • 1 0
 Can confirm this is the same dropper and lever as my brand x. Been working perfect rly for 3 years.

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