RaceFace Atlas FR chainset review£239.00

Limited edition light yet strong cranks

BikeRadar score4.5/5

RaceFace’s Atlas AM crank is tough enough, but this limited edition FR version is more robust than most manufacturers’ pure downhill racing set-ups.

We’ve logged years of trouble-free riding on the original Atlas AM, and this version gets a stronger chromoly axle for even more durability. 

Supplied with two tough alloy chainrings and etched alloy bashguard, it also features a removable inner ring spider to increase chain device clearance. The result is a rock solid, lifetime warrantied crankset at just over the kilo mark.

Short bottom bracket life – even with the new seals and Phil Wood grease – is a weak link, but it performs as sweetly as its laser etched contour design looks.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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