Today Race Face officially launched their popular SixC crankset and had it on display in Whistler Village during Crankworx. We’ve been testing out this new crankset for a short while now and you can read more about it inside.
We’ve taken a look at the Race Face Next SL crankset earlier this year that Race Face can barely keep on the shelves but this feature is a focus on their new SixC crankset. The previous SixC crankset was quite popular and this new one should be even more. It takes a lot of what they learned with the Next SL and supercharges it to meet the needs of gravity riders (or those Enduro riders) looking for a more burly crankset.
Introducing the lightest production DH rated carbon crankset on the planet. Proudly designed, tested and manufactured in our Canadian facility with US sourced carbon and aluminum. SIXC combines proven Race Face proprietary hollow arm technology with our new Cinch interface and the renowned strength to weight ratio of the original SixC crankset making it ideal for AM, Enduro and full DH race set-ups.Imagine interchangeable spiders, limitless ring combinations, a 30mm alloy spindle and compatibility across all relevant frame standards. Quite possibly the most versatile crankset you will ever own. – Race Face
Arm Lengths: 165, 170, 175mm
Current Spindle Options: 68 -73mm, 83mm
Chainring Options: Direct Mount Single Ring, Single Ring, Single Ring + bash, Double (22/36/Bash or 24/36/bash)
If you compare the new Next SL to the new SixC you can see some similarities but they’ve gone to another level with the SixC. The arms are beefed up quite a bit while still being quite light.
Like the NextSL it features their Cinch system that allows you to quickly swap between a multitude of configurations be it chainrings, direct mount rings, spindle widths to fit multiple bikes, and much more. The axle installs with an 8mm allen wrench and the spider or direct mount chainring is secured with a lockring that uses an ISIS bb tool to install.
The heart of the system is their 30mm spindle that works on just about every mountain bike out there today that is relevant. Whether you’ve got a PF30 style bottom bracket, or a 68/73/83mm screw in style BSA, or bb92 they’ve got you covered. You could even swap a single crank across multiple bikes easily the way they’ve designed it.
The modular design of the Cinch system allows for a wide range of configurations and compatibility including options for BMXers coming soon.
The pedal insert area has been updaded with a stronger alloy as well. Race Face includes black protective boots that help save the ends of your cranks. They also fit on other brands like SRAM as well. The boots are available in a variety of colors to compliment your color preferences.
Race Face has added some clear protection decals to the sides of the cranks as well that help reduce arm wear from your shoes or abrasion.
We’ve been riding on these cranks for a short while now but so far we’ve been impressed. They’re easy to setup and not only is the modularity and stiffness great on these cranks but they’re very lightweight. The cranks were easy to install and the modularity is great as these cranks easily work in many configurations. If you’re looking for a lightweight crankset for your downhill or enduro bike these cranks are hard to pass up if you can afford them.