Interbike 2008 - Race Face Deus LTD cranks and the EXI interface

Oct 7, 2008
by Mike Levy  
Race Face has always had a nice booth at the show and this year was no exception. In fact, between the Heli-biking movie that was playing on the flat screen, Brett Tippie walking about in lycra, and some wicked brew being passed about, I'd venture to say it was my top booth pick of this years show. While lounging in the bar stools Julian busted out some flashy new red cranks, the Deus LTD.

Let's have a look!

HD Video with Brett Tippie Inside!The Deus is aimed at you pedal hounds out there and engineered with typical Race Face attention and styling. Both forged and CNC'd, the Deus is made from a solid block of 7075 aluminum alloy, into the gems you see here. All you salty old dogs out there may be reminded of the original Turbine LP's that had similar lines to the Deus crank of today.

RaceFace Deus XC crank

RaceFace Deus XC crank



Here's Brett Tippie warming up with some yoga moves and installing a set of Race Face cranks!





Like the red look? You'll only find it on the Deus LTD's

Like the red look? You'll only find it on the Deus LTD's


The new limited edition maple leaf and red color will be a hit but the real news here is Race Face's EXI spindle setup. The butted spindle on all Deus cranks is first forged, then CNC'd to it's final shape....an ISIS interface! It's no secret that most outboard cranks are sometimes a bit tough to get fully seated onto the spindle, especially on the first go around. I've even seen tech's bust out the big 'ol cheater bar just to get an arm seated. That should be a thing of the past though as Race Face returns to the ISIS splines while still using their triple sealed X-Type BB. Tippie made it look pretty easy, even in his lycra! Torque the bolt down to the crank stop and hit the trails!

Race Face Deus LTD

Race Face Deus LTD


You can pick from either 170 mm or 175 mm lengths and the Phil Wood grease filled BB is designed to work with both 68 mm and 73 mm shells. If you make short work of your big ring then you'll be pumped to see both a triple and double w/ a guard option. Total weight for the package is coming in at 850 grams.

More info? Head over to RaceFace.com for that!

-Mike "Kakah" Levy

EXI interface details from Race Face:

Our EXI interface was developed to improve the ease of installation of our cranks without compromising the durability and security of the highly stressed interface area. The EXI BB spindle comes equipped with standard ISIS splines on one side of the spindle which allows for standard ISIS puller tools to be used for removal. The ISIS splines also allows for the crank arm to seat half way on the spindle before tightening. The EXI interface retains Race Face’s unique chainline adjustability with the 1mm chainline spacers which now sit directly on the integrated crank stopper which is installed into the crank arm reducing the amount of loose parts.


31 Comments

  • + 27
 Damn! The red looks hawt! If only they made it in a DH/FR version.
  • - 7
flag fireman (Oct 7, 2008 at 4:01) (Below Threshold)
 they will probably bring out a red version of the diablos.
  • - 32
flag Reign89 (Oct 7, 2008 at 4:52) (Below Threshold)
 where have you seen race face diablos?
  • + 7
 Wow... i'd love to see Diabolus in red!
  • + 2
 bikerman99 and reign89, you're both idiots. (that's why you gots neg- props)
  • + 5
 Why can't RaceFace make colors like they used to!!!!! Just Red! C'mon RF lets get the colors like back in the day going again....one new color thats crap!
  • + 7
 There is no end to bret-ro's madness.
  • + 2
 james... i think you may need some sleep,judgeing by ur comment you just made.

RACEFACE is tha shiat to have on ur bike,their products would outlast you and your frame,i'm not saying their 100% perfect,but there is a lot,i mean a lot of testing that goes into each and every one of their products.


i think pretty much all RACEFACE products arePimp

just my opp
  • + 1
 I disagree, race face is everything that is wrong with the MTB industry today. It's not the same company it was 10 or more years ago and they seem to rest their reputation on past success' and kick ass products they used to build. Too bad that they are a Canadian comapny too, I hope they can pull it our of the fire cause I see a lot less of their stuff being used on the trail, and a lot more viable options for riders $ today, (x-type is one example) neg prop all you want, just my opp.
  • + 1
 People actually have trouble installing outboard bearing cranks? I have installed SRAM, Truvativ, Race Face and Shimano OBB cranks with almost no effort. I don't know why they would bother going to ISIS of all things.

On the plus side, the ano red is teh hawtnazz.
  • + 0
 Nice crank!! Unfortunately I agree with james182.... Race Face's new X-Type BB cups and bearings are garbage. I go through 2 a year riding all mountain. I even tried the DH BB and it lasted a little longer than the others but still needed replacement after 2-3 months of riding. Seems like the bearings get shot fast. In any case something new to look at for the all mountain ride is the new hammerschmidt crank which does all the shifting on one chainring... Seems very impressive. Cheers....
  • + 3
 doesnt this set look like the atlas fr crank arms?
diablous would look so tight in red
  • + 1
 Those loook saaaweeet cant wait for them to come out ill put em on my xc, I'll have to repaint it though those red ones are gorgeous..... Razz
  • + 2
 This would look gorgeous on any bike!! If i had the money for a new crankset this would be the one I would have. =]
  • + 1
 well nice paint choice , decals look crisp but the big test for 09 race ace b.b is to last longer than 6 months at a time ... haha .
  • + 1
 good advertising tech. RACEFACE rule! by far is the simpliest crank to install.
  • + 2
 ok,everything except BB's
  • + 1
 I had a red set of old Race Face Forged DH cranks in bright red back in the day!
  • + 2
 man RACEFACE make some real TIGHT products!! these guys dont mess around!!
  • - 3
 No Shit!.. Sick Stuff BTW
  • + 3
 the red is so sweet
  • + 1
 i want the red ones for my 4x bike
  • + 1
 yeaa!!! hope that the diabolus comes in red
  • + 1
 sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 0
 I love the BBs from RF. Work like wonders!
  • + 1
 nice
  • + 1
 awesome Big Grin
  • + 0
 Naeeese!
  • + 0
 yeah bret!!!
  • - 3
 EEeeeeewwwwww, he really was wearing lycra!
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