RaceFace Atlas Freeride cranks - A closer look.

Jul 26, 2008
by Jordan Holmes  
RaceFace is a British Columbia based component company that has been a constant supplier of durable, strong, and well thought out quality products. Whether it's developing a new rock solid stem for the North Shore, or kicking back working on some casual wear, they are always developing something, and are constantly pushing the envelope.

The all new RaceFace Atlas FR cranks are no different, they are peeling the envelop wide open-check them out!Recently we received a set of the RaceFace Atlas Freeride(FR) cranks, and they are a very solid setup. Available in either Bad 'Azz' Black or Blue Steel, and in any size from 68/73 to 83mm or 100mm. They are a 2 piece design, and are held together with a single, self extracting crank bolt which is secure inside the drive side crank arm.





The Atlas Freeride cranks feature a topographical map of the North Shore etched into the crank arm faces, just in case you ever get lost in their neck of the woods. They weigh in at 2.4 pounds for the cranks, bottom bracket, 2 chain rings and bash guard, a mere 0.3 pounds heavier than the Atlas All Mountain crankset.


The Atlas Freeride crankset is a very cost and weight friendly way for an average rider who is in need of a new crankset to get something that is going to last them for year through rigorous abuse. They are fairly light, strong, very clean looking, and fairly well priced at 308$ Canadian.

Views: 5,797    Faves: 4    Comments: 3

Size165, 170, 175mm & 68/73 or 83mm or 100mm BB shell
Weight1085g (175mm with double ring, bash & BB) 2.4 lbs
Chainline48-54mm / 56-62mm / 64-70mm
Chain Rings*22,24,32,36,44, Bash, DH & Bash, DH ring
*Not all chain rings are compatible with others.

To learn more please visit www.raceface.com or visit your local shop to pick up a set.

-Pinkbike.com


43 Comments

  • + 3
 Just cause its Canadian made doesn't give them the right to produce second rate product, their stem clamping system causes their OWN carbon bars to break! ask any shop mech! It sounds like there are equal amounts of satisfied people as unsatisfied, that makes it nothing more than an average product IMO, I'm not going to support a company just because of where it is made. Just ask the big 3 auto makers what making shit product results in
  • + 2
 Svenie, the drive side crank threads on because a right hand threaded bolt on the left side of the crank will come loose more easily. Just ask any mechanic and they will tell you that left arms always come loose but the right ones always stay tight. I don't understand why left pedals have left hand threads but the left crank arm fixing bolts don't? Seems like an obvious improvement to me.

As for the controversy on which cranks are better... I vote shimano. The new slx cranks look like they would be just perfect for a light dh build that won't kill your wallet. But Race Face cranks are the prettiest.
  • + 0
 The threads are backwards for the same reason as bottom bracket threads. The planetary effect. This has actually come to be a bad design now that so many pedals use bushings but with bearings they actually turn the spindle the opposite direction.
  • + 2
 shame, they look great, but the whole self extracting system is designed by someone with downsyndrome, doesnt wrok at all, the preload is well...a joke,i mean what retard desgins a crank to bew preloaded with elastic bands! justr get so gravity lights and be done with it.
  • + 0
 If there's any preload at all you have set it up wrong. It is a floating setup. Ideally the side to side play should disappear the second the arm is bottomed on the splines. If it isn't bottomed you have too many spacers.
  • + 1
 If you cant figure out how to self extract the crank YOU have down syndrom. it tells you how to do it right on the crank and its much better than having to use a crank puller.
  • + 1
 i have 2 sets of Diabolous Cranks now and i have never had a problem with them what so every the bb treads in very easy same with the bolt for the axle i don't know why everyone is knocking a Canadian made product for the years i been riding a raceface crank never had a problem
  • + 0
 I had to sets of Diabolous Cranks and had never an issue. They just last... And i was overall 13 weeks in whistler, allday riding. I just ordered an atlas fr crankarms to replace my diabolous as i want to lighten up my shocker. I'll report...
  • + 0
 meh not a fan of raceface after i bought their 2007 dh cranks... once u get the crank on u can never get it off to service it except it finds a way to get loose when u dont want it to be... i shelled em for a set of old heussephelts believe it or not (except the ones i had arnt the ones with the bolt problem so they stay on better than the racefaces even)

i would rather ride the shimano hones than these cranks.
  • + 1
 Shimano Hone, is a wicked set up I rode them for a season. I would never put anything by Truvativ on my bike again. I have blown up 2 sets of Truvativ cranks, more exact, the cryo-fit came apart from landing force. I have never had a problem getting my Race Face components on or off for service. You are obviously doing something wrong.
  • + 3
 race face cranks are good. i cant find anything to beat them. if you put a hope bb in your sorted for years Smile
  • + 1
 agreed but for that amount you shouldn't have to shell out another $100 bucks or even $5 for that matter, it should work with the BB it comes with
  • + 0
 It does if you set it up right. Most people have a serious lack of comprehension when it comes to spacing a RF setup.
  • + 0
 i had a raceface ,assembly went good but after a while it would get slack and if you lose the red washer your done for ,so i went whit shimano never had a probleme ,too bad i wanted to go whit a canadian contructer but....
  • + 1
 for 308cad it's not a best buy... until you have 68/73BB
but it's look great
  • + 1
 those are shit there junk trust me my friend has been through 2 now there shit
  • + 0
 Does anyone know how the Atlas FR's 2.4 pounds compares with older Holzfeller and Howitzer setup?
  • + 1
 These rock, i have them on my fully, gonna get some for the hardtail too!
  • - 2
 raceface is pretty sick... but i remember the threading on the bb wasnt that smooth, so ya it took all my strength to get the appropriate torque on it and on my new fsa gravity cranks, that weigh 875 singlespeeded, took about half that effort. so with price in mind, still go with fsa
  • + 0
 is there a reason why the axle is fitted in the non-driveside , and not in the driveside?

thanks.
  • + 0
 the race face evolve xc is the same thing but is less expensive
  • + 0
 Those cranks are looking good but expensive.
  • + 0
 has anyone had problem's with the pedal threads?
  • + 0
 not with the pedal threads but with all the others! The axle thread is so poorly machined on my set that the drive side wont fit. The BB is also poorly threaded and it takes two people to get it all the way in. Contacted RaceFace, no answer. I'm quite frankly gutted!!!
  • + 0
 they dont have inserts :S seems abit worrying, although they are worentied for DH race so if you break a pair you should get them replcaed.
  • + 2
 if you're having problems with your BB threading into your frame you might have a problem with your BB shell threads. have them tapped to ensure it's not the bike first. Also, i hope your using anti seize compound on the threads and a good amount of teflon grease on the spindle, which can help ease the installation of press-fit components. good luck,
  • + 0
 Thanks for the advice but the Shimano bb I fitted the next day went in perfectly.
  • + 0
 Shimano BB cups aren't as deep as Race Face ones. So a BB shell that a Shimano will easily fit into may have to have the threads tapped deeper to ensure that RF cups will fit. The RF bearings seem to last longer in my experience. The fit between the axle and cranks is supposed to be quite tight, the easiest thing to use for install/uninstall is a 18v impact driver--just be careful.
  • + 0
 There is no need for pedal thread inserts as they are using a higher grade of metal, same thing on XTR cranks, no need for washers or inserts. But on the tight BB note, I totally feel your pain. It took me so long to thread the BB into the shell that on more than more occasion I was second guessing myself. Same thing too with the Shimano as the other guy stated-it went in fine. Really think that they could set it up a little easier.
  • + 0
 *sniggled* fair play with the BB cups as they do go in despite having to use a silly amount of force. The axle thread is completely unacceptable though as we have tried with a looong allen key and the manpower of three people just to get it stuck about 5mm from the end. On the same note, the fact that raceface customer service ignores all my emails isn't brilliant either considering I paid £150 (yes, thats $300 US) for a product.
  • + 0
 It's a press fit setup. There's nothing wrong with it. You just have to crank down on it REALLY hard to get it on.
  • + 0
 Honestly, it won't fit. I am aware of how its supposed to work but the discrepancy is just too significant.
  • - 3
 Honestly, it DOES fit. I promise. It's just REALLY tight.
  • + 0
 Well if it does neither my lbs, my friends or me (and any combination of the 3) are strong enough to fit them which surely should not be the case right?
  • + 0
 Anyway, thanks for the help but we're clearly not getting anywhere here. I somehow have to try to track down RF and see what they have to say.
  • + 1
 Yeah. We're not getting anywhere cause you're not listening. They will say the same thing I'm saying. Then they will get off the phone and roll their eyes and laugh at you. I'm sure the reason you aren't getting a response is because they can't be bothered when so many people have this "problem." Put a leverage bar on your allen and crank down on that hoe. It's REALLY REALLY tight but I PROMISE it will work.
  • + 0
 Look, this is getting pointless now. I took you're point the first time you said it. Don't act like you're the only competent person on this planet. I know you know your stuff but so do some other people. Face it. Is it so hard to believe that RF has actually made a mistake for once? I would love what you say to be true but after putting on so much force that the top cap's threads went bust it just seems unreasonable.
  • + 2
 After working in bike shops for the last 19 years I can tell you that RF has yet to learn anything about tolerances!I have seen each and everyone of their products fail...Period! Nice track record! And you'd get better bike mechanical advice from a clerk at walmart than you would from rapeface. The reason you can't get your crank installed properly is because its a POS.
  • + 0
 nice work man!
  • - 1
 rock solid, heart touching ^^
Below threshold threads are hidden

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2019. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.063453
Mobile Version of Website