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Race Face Turbine Cinch Crank Arms

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Play to your preference.

If you're as particular as we are about your crankset situation, then you're not keen to leave arm, ring, and spindle choice to the troglodytes who spec bikes in order to save big manufacturers money instead of meeting your exacting criteria. So ditch the selfsame slop in favor of Race Face's Turbine Cinch Crank Arms and start your journey toward a bespoke crank interface.

  • Durable alloy crank arms and spindle
  • Compatible with Race Face direct mount one-by chainrings
  • Add a four-bolt spider for double or triple setups
  • Item #RCF001S

Tech Specs

Arm Material
7050 aluminum alloy
Arm Length
170mm, 175mm
Claimed Weight
[170mm without BB] 522g
Recommended Use
cross-country, downhill, enduro, gravel, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years

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Creakiest cranks ever

    I ran these on a bronson for two seasons. First season they held up well, some creaks here and there but nothing to drive you crazy. Second season they sound like a creaky old bed frame with every pedal stroke. I've had chain ring replaced and bottom bracket replaced and all parts removed and cleaned...the creak returns in just a few mikes of service every time. Will never buy race face cranks again.

    Great Performance, Killer Value.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've always had great luck with Race Face products. These cranks are seriously light and plenty stiff and strong. The Cinch interface is great for chainring options as well as working on boost and non-boost bikes.

    Simply The Best Bang For Your Buck

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Looking for a lightweight, stiff, and durable crankset that works with boost and non-boost bikes? Look no further. You have found what you're looking for. These are the lightest alloy cranks I've found and they are also super stiff. In fact, I think I prefer these cranks to many of the carbon cranks I've run.

    Not sure if Race Face foresaw boost being a standard when they engineered this crankset, but it works perfect on boost bikes. You can dial in the chainline by flipping the chainring. Also, the Cinch system is amazing and allows you to run chainrings from 26T-42T. Oh, and you can get a few different colors which is awesome.

    Top Notch Price to Performance Ratio

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    It is alloy, durable, reasonably light, looks sharp, and is easy to install. This is the second Turbine Cinch set I've owned and I'm certain you can't find a better value right now.

    Best value in versatile crank

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've got turbine cranks on almost all my off road bikes (and I've got several). They've come on part of the parts kit on my Ibis and Santa Cruz rigs and I've bought them for my other steel and Ti bikes. Great combination of price, weight (low) and versatility with the cinch mounting system. They've proven bombproof on my bikes bouncing around trails from Targhee to to the Arizona trail and bikepacking trips in between. Easy to install, easy to change chain rings with a myriad of options in addition to the race face offerings (I'm often running absolute black oval boost, wolftooth oval and now planning to try to the wolftooth camo system).

    First thoughts are solid

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I'm a snob, no doubt. If it's not plastic, I don't ride it. That said, I tried a demo bike equipped with these cranks and I didn't even notice them. Don't take that the wrong way; that's a great thing! They're ultra stiff, decently light weight, and look swell on any bike. The versatility to run 1, 2, or 3x drive train with appropriate spider is a huge plus! It's a killer crank that will perfectly accompany your XC, trail, or all-mountain rig without breaking the bank!

    First thoughts are solid

    Best value!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    With a wealth of options on the market for light weight cranks; the Turbine stands out in price, stiffness, light weight; and especially compatibility as it will work with nearly any frame in existence.

    I have had these on my MTB this year, and am extremely impressed by their performance, especially given the cost.

    Best Alu crank in around?

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I think so. Really light for an aluminum crankset and no worries about smashing them against rocks all day. If you want to preserve the finish you can still get crankboots for them in a few different colors to add some flare. the only bummer is you have to run a Raceface BB. they are really fine but when you could've run a Chris King?

    Boost Ready

      When building my new Pivot Mach 6 choosing the right crank and chainring was important because the 2016 Mach 6 has Boost spacing (12x148 mm rear axle). Race Face cranks and chainrings already work with Boost; for both Shimano and SRAM you need special Boost cranksets with a 3mm offset. I paired these Turbine Crank Arms with the Race Face Narrow Wide Cinch Direct Mount Chainring in Black 30T, which is well suited for a 1x11 set-up riding in the mountains with lots of climbing.

      Big thanks to Joe Bolton in our Retail Store Bike Shop for getting my new Mach 6 put together. If you are ever in Salt Lake City definitely stop by our Retail Store to check out their bike selection and visit Joe (2607 S 3200 W, Suite A, West Valley UT 84119). Contact me with any questions about this Crankset, especially if you are interested in custom building a new mountain bike.

      Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337

      Frame - Pivot Mach 6, Large Stealth Black/Green
      Crankset - Race Face Turbine Crank Arms - Black, 175mm
      Chainring - Race Face Narrow Wide Cinch Direct Mount Chainring, 30T
      Bottom Bracket - Race Face Cinch BB92

      Boost Ready
      Unanswered Question

      I know the spiders and chainring are not included with the cranks. But how about the lock-ring? Does this come with the cranks? Thanks.

      Can I use a Shimano xt bottom bracket or I have to use RaceFace cinch bottom bracket for this crankarms?

      Are these cranks boost compatible?

      Hey Scott - Yes these Race Face Turbine cranks are compatible with Boost frames. I used them on my new Pivot Mach 6 with Boost. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

      - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337

      What is the Q-factor on this crank? Thanks!

      According to Race Face, Q-factor on this crank is 178. Wider than usual. Kinda odd since the Next SL is a more typical 168. Did not notice the difference though when I demo'd a Nomad with the Turbine from the Santa Cruz factory for 3 hours.

      Is this crankset compatible with the Chris King Pressfit 24mm BB, or is the SRAM GXP BB92 BB a better choice?

      Best Answer


      Unfortunately, neither of those BB options will work because of the oversized 30mm spindle used on RF Cinch cranks.

      If your frame uses the BB92 standard you'll actually need the RaceFace BB92 Bottom Bracket:

      This BB92 bottom bracket differs from all others in that it's designed to run 30mm spindles; all other BB92 BBs can only run a 24mm spindle.


      The description states that the spider isn't included with the crankset, can I purchase the spider on this site? I can't seem to find it's listing. Is this the 2015 model?