29
Jan
2014

Spotlight: 2014 Race Face SixC DH Carbon Crankset

1/29/2014 : sicklines

Race Face has been producing their SixC Carbon crankset in-house for some time now. Inside we take a closer look at what the SixC crankset brings to the table.

Race Face has been a strong proponent of carbon fiber products and their most recent investments in the Next SL crankset only illustrates this point even more. Carbon cranksets are here to stay and offers a lot of benefits to cyclists mainly in the weight and strength department.

The SixC crankset is available in a variety of configurations and lengths. Bottom bracket options are plentiful and these cranks can fit in most every modern AM/DH setup.

BUILT FOR: AM/DH Race

  • SIZE: 165, 170, 175mm & 68/73mm, 83mm BB shell.
  • Also available with BB92/BB107 press-fit, PF30 conversion or BB30 conversion
  • CHAINLINE:
  • 49-52mm (68/73)
  • 56-59mm (83)
  • RING CONFIGURATION:
  • 24/36/BASH
  • Single Ring / Bash
  • Single Ring
  • Colors: Matte Carbon, Turquoise, Green

SixC Pricing

  • SixC Crankarms 24/36/BASH $649
  • SixC Crankarms w/36t chainring $589
  • SixC Crankarms  $549
  • X-Type DH bottom bracket $49.99 (SixC cranks don’t include BB’s)

The SixC crank is a remarkable engineering achievement. It’s strength to weight ratio is unparalleled in the market today making it ideal for both All-Mountain and DH race ready setups. To allow us to push the envelope of this technology and to ensure the level of quality the customer expects from the Race Face brand, we are committed to making each and every carbon crank in our British Columbia, Canada manufacturing facility. – Race Face

Most gravity focused  riders benefit most  from a single ring setup so that’s what we’re going to be discussing mostly here.  Below you can see the single ring setup with Race Face’s Narrow-Wide chainring.  Race Face includes protective boots, pedal washers, and a granny ring tab adapter in the event you want to run a double-ring setup.

, Spotlight: 2014 Race Face SixC DH Carbon Crankset

We’ve ran the SixC cranks on numerous bikes without issue for quite a few years. Like any part, failures can happen but the SixC has been quite reliable for us and that’s something very important when you consider it’s a major contact point to the bike. At the onset, many people are quite hesitant to use carbon fiber cranksets for this reason but our experience has yielded confidence in the Race Face carbon crankset offering.

, Spotlight: 2014 Race Face SixC DH Carbon Crankset

SixC on our Knolly Podium Review

, Spotlight: 2014 Race Face SixC DH Carbon CranksetFat tab technology for increased strength and compatibility with all 4.5mm tab offset bashes.

CrMo pedal inserts eliminate the potential for stripped thread.

Removable granny spider offers better chainguide integration.

3mm of chainline adjustability ensures achieving the perfect drivetrain alignment and fine-tuning shifting chainguide set-ups is simple. Race Face is the only brand on the market today to offer this extremely useful feature.

 

CNC machined CrMo BB spindle is specifically engineered for the SixC crankset and permanently moulded to the drive side crank arm to minimize weight and maximize power transfer.

Full alloy T-30 Torx hardware

Race Face’s crank bolt puller cap makes removal and installation a snap with an 8mm hex wrench via the non-driveside.

Race Face also offers their Single Ring narrow-wide chainrings to help keep your chain on in the rough stuff. The chainring features CNC machining to help hold the chain. You can see the detailed profile of the chainring in the picture above as well as more photos in the gallery section.

When it comes to weight, there aren’t many cranksets on the market that we can think of that come close to the SixC weight. Our carbon SixC cranks in 83mm / 165mm arms weighed in at 486.1g. That’s ~270g lighter than Shimano Saint and ~43g lighter than Sram X0 DH cranks. Even when comparing these to AM/XC cranks, the SixC is often lighter still. You can compare the SixC weights to the competition in our dedicated weights section.

One of the major areas that often see damage are the ends of the crankarm. Race Face has a neat bootie that secures to the end of their cranks that helps protect this area quite well. Even if you’re not using Race Face cranks, these fit on a variety of other cransets as well. When you’re charging into rocky terrain it helps keep your cranks free from abrasions. The sides of the crank arms don’t have a clear rub-sticker on the sides of the crank arms to reduce shoe-rub but it’s been a non-issue for us personally.

, Spotlight: 2014 Race Face SixC DH Carbon Crankset

This year, Race Face debuted the Cinch system on their Next SL Carbon crankset. Will the Cinch system will eventually find its way onto the SixC product line given all of the benefits it offers?

Gallery

The SixC cranksets use the serviceable Race Face X-Type bottom bracket (sold separately) that often goes unnoticed as many good parts do. The BB Cups are forged & CNC machined from 6066 aluminum, feature their triple wiper seal, and are filled with Phil Wood waterproof grease to ensure long bearing life and performance.

, Spotlight: 2014 Race Face SixC DH Carbon Crankset

Overall the Race Face SixC are an easy crankset for us to recommend. Price wise they aren’t cheap in comparison to the some of the competition but they do offer a significantly lighter setup in comparison. They offer great stiffness, adjustability, and are available in a wide variety of sizes and colors to suit any modern bike.

Visit www.raceface.com to learn more and see the full range of Race Face products.

83MM BB DOWN TO 68/73MM

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