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The redesigned Race Face Turbine; (photo/Race Face)

Race Face Updates a Classic: Meet the Turbine MTB Crank

The next iteration of the beloved Turbine crank arrives today. Alloy-forged to be stiff and responsive, it appears to exemplify the form that the original 1993 crank sought.

Low on give and high on bash resistance, Race Face’s seminal MTB crank seeks to survive generational shredding — on your current bike, “the bike after that, and the bike after that,” the brand said.

Race Face forges and machines 7000-series aluminum to shape the approximately 595g set (claimed weight with 32t chainring). Its proprietary CINCH system helps you swap out chainrings between trips or even rides. And a lifetime warranty backs it up.

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(Photo/Race Face)

The newest Turbine constitutes a variation on an old theme. Race Face introduced it in 1993 for a growing segment of Vancouver MTB riders who wanted a stiff and responsive crank without the weight penalty. The crank’s latest iteration looks to draw from those roots with its practicality and grow from them with a few updates.

Race Face adapted the Turbine by narrowing the Q-Factor to more closely match the feel of modern cranks. An update to the preload collar seeks to make it more user-friendly, and it shaves 20 g off its predecessor. Finally, streamlined aesthetics help it look the part in 2022.

You can run the Race Face Turbine with a 52mm or 55mm chainline. The crank has a 30 x 136mm spindle, and it’s available with a direct-mount chainring. The kit comes with pedal washers and spindle spacers. And you can order it in 160, 165, or 170mm crank lengths. MSRP is $180.

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Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.