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First Look: Garbaruk's Aluminum Enduro Crankset

Jun 25, 2024 at 8:30
by Seb Stott  
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Most cranks are made by just a few manufacturers, and they tend to look alike. Polish company Garbaruk is offering something a bit different. Their new enduro crank is CNC machined from high-grade aluminium, and two parts are bolted together to form each hollow arm. They're also anodised with a choice of eight colours for the crank, bolt hardware and chainring. These colours can be customized separately, giving a total of 512 possible colour combinations for a unique look. The colours are Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Orange, Red, Silver & Violet.

Their new Enduro crank is designed for all off-road applications, including DH and e-bikes. It's available with 30 mm or 28.99 mm SRAM DUB axles to fit most frames and a range of bottom brackets.

Garbaruk Enduro Crank Details

• Intended use: trail, enduro, DH, e-bike
• Material: Machined 7075 Aluminum Alloy
• Crank arm lengths: 165, 170, 175mm
• 30 mm or 29 mm (SRAM DUB) spindle, 136.5 mm long, 52 or 55 mm chainline
• Eight anodisation colour options
• Warranty: 2 years & crash replacement
• Weight: 507 g w/ 30T chainring
• Price: 450 EUR / $450 USD
• Made in Poland, available worldwide
garbaruk.com
It's 70 g heavier than Garbaruk's XC crank and is claimed to be twice as strong, exceeding ISO standards. It has a claimed weight of 461 g for the crank or 507 g including a 30-tooth chainring. That's light enough to be in the mix with carbon cranks - for the sake of comparison, a Race Face Era is one of the lightest, at 483 g with a 32-tooth chainring. It's an impressive weight for a heavy-duty aluminium crankset.

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The machined and anodised finish certainly stands out.

Priced at 450 EUR / $450 USD for the crank arms only (the chainring adds on another $75), they're approaching carbon crank prices (the Era goes for 489 EUR / 500 USD) but you're getting something a little bit different here.

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The chainrings use Garbaruk's own direct mount design.

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Customisable colours (for the crank, chainring and hardware) will appeal to some.


Whether they will prove more durable is anyone's guess, but there is a two-year warranty with crash replacement. The crank is 100% made in the EU and is said to be fully recyclable.

For more, head to garbaruk.com.


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115 Comments
  • 87 5
 If I wanted to dump money into a bike to make it look great for minimal performance benefits, Garbaruk is one of the first places I'd look. Gorgeous stuff. Maybe on a frame-up build?
  • 43 3
 Their chainrings are nice, these cranks look a little 'odd' to me though, and very expensive. I think its the bolts and huge logo that throw me, cant see them looking good after a year in mud.
  • 31 36
flag pelopidas (Jun 25, 2024 at 10:21) (Below Threshold)
 @justanotherusername: The person who buys this avoids mud like plague. You know the type! Skid to a screeching halt, jamming everyone behind up, in order to get off and walk through.
  • 11 4
 @pelopidas: Yea good point, suitable more for the dangerholm type show only bike I suppose.

Unique though, if you like the look they are different to the run of the mill options.
  • 21 1
 @pelopidas: I think I'm that guy. But I bike mostly alone so it's OK.
  • 32 2
 @justanotherusername: Why do you keep your cranks in mud for a year?
That can't be good for them.
  • 3 23
flag justanotherusername (Jun 25, 2024 at 11:12) (Below Threshold)
 @roxtar: don’t know what mud is huh? Cute.
  • 9 0
 @pelopidas: there is a thing called soap and water….
  • 6 2
 My coworker just built up an SB140 loaded down with Garbaruk parts.

It hasn’t seen dirt yet.

It’s a really sweet build though.
  • 7 0
 Not just mud. Dirt in general, from ya' know, riding in the dirt. I'm in SoCal, so mostly dust rather than mud. I keep my bikes pretty clean, but with the bolts, machined logo, and CNC groove dirt cubbies, these things would tax my clean-bike OCD to the limit.
  • 5 0
 Not for that price with only a 2 year warranty on it..I'll stick with XT Thanks....
  • 5 11
flag pelopidas (Jun 25, 2024 at 12:13) (Below Threshold)
 @Cowboy13: @Cowboy13: I have no problem riding through mud. But lots of people do. Apparently at least 10 that downvoted my comment. Are you being obtuse on purpose?
  • 18 1
 Nice looking cranks for sure, but I lost interest when I got to the part that said "The chainrings use Garbaruk's own direct mount design"...
  • 6 0
 @roxtar: @roxtar: you should probably visit the uk for the three days of summer
  • 9 0
 @Marquis:
But with these you can take the arm apart and clean the inside
  • 6 0
 @WTF-IDK: crank arm storage maybe? Could you fit a mars bar or banana in there?
  • 10 0
 @Marquis: I thought cleaning is just what you did when you needed to get at something to fix it
  • 6 0
 Most of their products are less expensive than what they replace. I sell their rings for $75 while SRAM xsync2 are $90. Cassettes have a replaceable large cog and cost much less than the comparable SRAM. Same goes for most of their products.
  • 3 0
 @justanotherusername: too heavy for Dangerholm
  • 5 0
 @justanotherusername:
Multi tool inside.
Then you’ll need a multi tool to get your multi tool
  • 3 0
 @justanotherusername: these might work for your banana but i'm not sure what'd be left of it after a few k's
web.archive.org/web/20160404074002/www.e-chien.com.tw/english/r58.html
  • 3 0
 @Hyakian: The article is wrong. That is the same chainring direct mount design that cannondale has been using for many years.

Although most shops still won't have a compatible chainring in stock.
  • 2 0
 @p0rtal00: hah, we don’t do bendy bananas though in Brexit Britain, straight nanas only for our sovereign isle!
  • 1 0
 @alaskanjer: The last part of your statement basically covers my objection.
  • 2 0
 @justanotherusername: *shock* *horror* you heathen #supportbendynanas
  • 1 0
 @alaskanjer: that would make FSA compatible as well, and also provide an Oval option from Absolute Black. Plus Wolf Tooth does a Camo spider that fits. Not as common as Cinch or 3-Bolt, but no risk of not being able to get a ring. Cool.
  • 71 3
 New direct mount standard because fuck you.
  • 19 0
 FSA and Cannondale have been using this standard for years. But yes, effectively a new standard because FSA and Cannondale.
  • 4 1
 Considering simultaneously press releases with oneup hubs, make this product look opposite of good
  • 20 0
 If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is.
  • 5 0
 yeah we need that like another seat post diameter.
  • 23 0
 This is an existing standard, not a new one. The beauty of this standard is it requires the purchase of a specialist tool to change chainrings. Could have used any one of a number of existing spline patterns for the interface but no, buy another tool. Because fuck you.
  • 3 0
 @farkinoath: pretty sure my XT crankset used a different tool thennwhatvwas available in my toolbox. And their goofy adaptor for the bb.
  • 1 0
 @SQbiker: I had a huge problem getting mine off as the grooves to fit the tool into are only a couple of mm deep - I never had that problem with 5mm allen keys Big Grin
  • 3 0
 @SQbiker: Sure, but with XT you have a much better chance of actually finding a replacement Chainring.

AFAIC, this is the same difference as fancy proprietary spokes that (depending on the wheel mfg.) can be incredably hard to track down.
  • 2 0
 give aliexpress a month or two Smile
  • 2 0
 @SQbiker: I guess I console myself that the Shimano one is OK because it at least does bottom brackets as well, while this is literally a new tool and new standard invented seemingly only to force you to buy yet another spline tool. They could even have used their 'proprietary' shape for the mounting cutout and used an existing pattern for the lockring splines and I wouldn't be half as mad.
  • 41 5
 ah yes, another alloy crankset that attaches to a bb and spins in circles just like all the other ones, just what I need.
  • 29 0
 Yes, but this one has a new and exciting chainring standard!
  • 14 0
 But...bold new colour-ways.
  • 3 0
 I'm getting a 4x4 fake bead-lock bolt vibe from the cranks (unless the bolts do something?)
  • 5 0
 @suspended-flesh: "Durable outer casing to prevent fall-apart." The salesman who sold Homer a TV.
  • 4 0
 yes but this one has holes that you can screw your pedals into
  • 28 0
 And can I hide something in these hollow cranks, such as a snack, a tool, some drug, or a mini baguette?
  • 22 2
 HARD pass! Can you imagine how creaky adding 16 more bolts to something that see's oscillating torque from the heaviest of rider inputs?
  • 7 1
 I would have expected them to take it apart to see what the interface looks like. Pretty sure the two halves must be interlocked one way or another so that these tiny bolts don't see much shear. Even more sensible would be to have the outer shape to have an U profile and holds both the axle as well as the thread for the pedal. That way these bolts wouldn't have to do too much.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Yeah that's a lot of assuming. Even if there are locking features, those are just more surfaces to collect dust and creak.
  • 7 3
 @astrofusion: Yeah but then again this is for the collector who still has room in a museum. It is pretty hard to not be happy enough riding Shimano cranks or, if there is more money to burn, tubular cranks from Profile or Cane Creek. These all make sense. Those who like the stepped texture of the cranks know that it will wear off. Those who like to use the cranks to store their candy know that they'll never be able to get it back once the allen interface clogs with dirt (and might wear off). Those who actually pedal know that the radial spoke design makes little sense for transferring the torque. And those who want to be able to replace their chainring with whatever is available near where they smashed this one on a rock know that a niche proprietary interface isn't such a great idea.

This is a big middle finger to all those peasants who actually ride their bikes in dirt. Let's appreciate it for what it is and not nitpick about how one thing may not be the best solution out there.
  • 5 0
 Seriously. As a 210 lb clydsedale, I already have a hard enough time keeping out the creaks.
  • 1 0
 Not to mention the rounding of those bolt heads if you don't do an absolutely perfect clean up job of them before using a hex wrench to loosen. Yaaaaay...
  • 12 0
 I'm way over CNC Machined parts.... I want to see some manual stuff now. Show me some effort.
  • 9 0
 Tolerance: varies from day to day. Mondays and Friday afternoon is +/-5mm, Tuesday to Thurs is +/-2mm, Concentricity is always closer to ovular than circular.

Comes with a BOGO bearing coupon which you will want to hang on to.....
  • 3 0
 Yeah! Steel cranks hammered to shape, by an old Japanese swordsmith
  • 6 0
 Is there a structural reason they chose to put the bolts on the outside of the crank? It seems that they could have had on the inside and less conspicuous and they would look much better. The XC cranks look awesome, imho. These, no so much.
  • 5 0
 Is there a reason to have them at all? Why not bond them? Seems like a way to introduce more flex.
  • 1 0
 I am pretty sure the XC version is bonded/glued aluminum, and it looks like this enduro version uses a thicker bond line as well as some reinforcing screws to help hold it all together. Basically, I think the screws are only there to protect the glue and are not the primary thing holding the cranks together.
  • 2 1
 there is no sense in that unless they are forged, this sht will crack easily looks fancy, but forged cranks should be better than just CNC'ed ones
  • 5 0
 I’m sure they did it for aesthetics. Whether or not people think it looks good— that’s another question.
  • 8 0
 Materials Science/Engineering people: how does candy-colored anodization affect recyclability? Does it need to be stripped first? No effect whatsoever?
  • 1 0
 @cwydrowski: very cool. thanks for the link.
  • 12 0
 Pick up the closest beer can to you right now - chances are there's a single molecule in it from a melted down purple Paul derailleur
  • 8 0
 Not an expert on Al recycling, but am a materials scientist.

Very likely negligible. Commercial Al is already alloyed and then small consumer parts have poorly defined impurities (a crankset looks basically like any other random gadget to a scrapyard so they'll treat it as such, even if it's 7075) so a suite of physical and chemical processes are already in place to crush, separate, etc., these parts, which may in turn be more minimally processed (becoming lower-value ingots) than scrap with better-controlled composition. Anodized Al is still mostly Al2O3 with some trace impurity for color. Practicality, Al2O3 melts at a much higher temperature than Al, so I wouldn't be surprised if the dye/colored salts are encapsulated by the oxide and removed with the rest of the slag.
  • 2 0
 Simple tldr version Anodizing is aluminium oxide its a nice colour when they dye it , theres so little of it will be a gnats cock size difference in le grand scheme
  • 2 1
 don’t care, anodizing looks cooler at the bottom of the ocean
  • 6 0
 A: If the arms are bolted together, would that not lead to a more flexible arm in a location that should be stiff?
B: Why make a proprietary mount pattern instead of using one already available?
  • 11 4
 This on an ebike should be considered a cardinal sin, please revise the specifications!
  • 16 27
flag 90sMTBEnjoyer (Jun 25, 2024 at 11:00) (Below Threshold)
 E bikes are here to stay, you're going to have to find a way to cope with this fact.
  • 16 4
 Well, those cranks imho are incredibly fugly, so should fit on an ebike quite well.
  • 3 3
 I prefer unsupported options over facts in the comment section!
  • 4 0
 The Garbaruk website is thin on details. It looks like the XC version is glued/bonded aluminum using two hollow CNC pieces per side. This enduro version appears to be the same concept, but with a thicker bond line and some reinforcing screws to help hold everything together.
  • 3 0
 I was sure I’d bought off a Ukrainian company… and so it is. They had to relocate to Poland because of the war. While that is a story best discussed else where it is nice to see they survived to offer some variety to the bike world!
  • 3 0
 Actually... These look like they were manually made on an old bridgeport out of some $5 "Billet" that was laying in the shop corner some where. Finish passes.. Nah.
  • 2 1
 my garbaruk cassette is one of my favorite parts on my bike. been flawless and had it at least 3 years now. the lightness is extremely noticeable and the cost was very competitive. would definitely buy more from them when the time comes.
  • 1 0
 me too. the big ring on my cassette is starting to show wear. despite not being listed on the website, I emailed them to see if they could sell me a replacement, since the rest of the cassette is still in great shape. They can, and did. it was an easy and pleasant interaction. not sure what problems people have with this company, but my experience with them and their products has been nothing short of excellent.
  • 1 0
 This looks like the Cannondale/FSA interface, not a new one. If these prove to be reliable AND Gabaruk offers a powermeter option (I'd prefer a non-drive pod like 4iii) they'd be a maybe. At 100 grams or so lighter than an XT crankset, these are still XC light.
  • 9 4
 no fucking thank you
  • 4 0
 Love me some premium Garberville crank.
  • 2 0
 Or Garberville dank lol
  • 3 0
 There aren't enough color combinations, surely there could be at least 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16,384, 32,768, or 65,536!
  • 5 0
 With eight colors to choose from, if they let you choose a color for the cranks, the chainring, and each of 16 bolts individually, they could allow 8^18 = 18,014,398,509,481,984, ~1.8E16 combinations. The upper limit for the estimate of the number of ants alive on Earth is 10^16, so then they could give every ant a unique crankset and still have at least 8 quadrillion unused combinations.
  • 3 1
 Is the chain ring included for the $450 USD?
Dangerholm fan bois gonna be frothing for this!
  • 1 0
 Looks like the ring is seperate and $75. If I am understanding their website correctly..
  • 3 2
 guess you haven't seen the eeWings yet
  • 3 1
 Dangerholm fanbois will be complaing about lack of 50t direct mount ring.
  • 1 0
 so the Pole of cranks?
I think we went through this CNC stuff in the 90s and it all disappeared
Anyone remembers CODA or AC?
  • 3 0
 oooh, magic motorcycle
  • 1 0
 My garbaruk 12 speed cassette would not play nice with my XTR group out of the box on a brand new build, by my highly rated LBS. So im going to have to pass.
  • 2 0
 agreed...no thx
  • 2 0
 The bolts are already a bit much, but the logo is just way over the top Frown
  • 1 1
 Has The Top ever really been defined?
  • 2 0
 Next up sequined butt pockets on your riding shorts...
  • 2 0
 No 150 or 155 version, for that reason, I'm out.
  • 1 0
 Not to sure on the massive logo.
  • 1 0
 Kinda reminds me of a 32.1 mm seatpost
  • 1 0
 25.4 bars
  • 1 0
 $450 for cranks? f*ck this. Who is this for?
  • 1 0
 This is why I totally love mountain biking we never stop ☆
  • 1 0
 STOP USING BALL END MILLS FOR FLAT SURFACES
  • 1 0
 It would look cool on a single speed commuter
  • 1 1
 Pole bikes turned into this?
  • 1 3
 Super long, or even longer... I'm out
  • 1 3
 garrrrrrbitch
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