Race Face Deus Crankset

DESCRIPTION

The Deus XC crank continues Race Face?s legendary tradition for XC excellence in aluminum cranks. Featuring their signature I-Beam arm profiling & our smooth shifting, made in Canada ?Team? rings with patented Shift Technology, the Deus crank is an incred

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[May 31, 2013]
Martin

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Great looking.

Weakness:

Left hand crank to axle interface.

Great cranks if you can get them setup properly. An overcomplicated fitting procedure, compare it to shimano... Don't like the potential for excessive sideloading of bottom bracket bearings. Used 3 sets now, left hand crank on axle always ends up creaking like crazy. Have just hammered the factory fitted axle from the crank and refitted it with the strongest loctite I could find, if this doesn't do the trick then shimano will be fitted and I will never buy a raceface product again.

[Apr 22, 2011]
Rosscopeco
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Super stiff, low weight, bling effect

Weakness:

Just one fault from my perspective, but a MAJOR one.....the extractor bolt! Does not provide easy quick maintenance of BB.

Love the performance, feel and look of these cranks. Over the 15 months that I used them I cannot fault them in terms of being on the bike and cycling...however! I live in Scotland...it rains here....a lot....hence the need for some good timely maintenance to my Chris King BB (usually every 2/3 months or so). Everytime the cranks were removed, and is mentioned elsewhere, a very thin skim of metal seemed to come off the alu extractor bolt. Coming from an engineering background I bought a 14mm x 1mm tap and reemed out the crank spindle thinking that a small metal burr must have been left in following manufacture but sadly to no avail. Therefore after removal No3 the threads simply stripped off the bolt. I eventualy, managed to source a new bolt through Silverfish and again after removal No3 the bolt has again stripped its threads. If I calculate the amount of maintenance time I have to spent on the bike this one fault has accounted for circa 60% of my time. They were finally removed last night for the last time and a set of Shimano SLX (only 40g heavier but 100% stiffer than XT) went on. I cannot recommend this extractor system to anyone, if it wasn't for this defect they'd still be on the bike.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano XT / SLX / Truvativ

[May 30, 2010]
cvernon
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

As light as XTR, very stiff and rigid. Shifts well up and down.

Weakness:

I had the cranks loosen and nearly fall off in an enduro race in the first 4 km. I had to ride back and get an 8mm Allen key to tighten it up and restart with the next wave.

The incident where the cranks loosened only happened once and I've owned this set since about 2005. I bought a 2nd set too in about 2008 and I think they have been modified slightly since the earlier model.

I just did another race, yesterday and it was 50km of mud and rain - the inaugural Capital Punishment in Canberra. The bike was caked in mud and the chain suck was horrendous. I re-lubed the chain and it went better but to my horror I noticed the drive side crank was loose. It was wobbly and I thought it was going to come off until I borrowed an 8mm Allen key and found it was already tight! What the hell was going on here? One of the posters down below nailed it - the cap nut was loose. It takes a 10mm Allen key and has a reverse thread. I read that today ran back to the garage and tightened it and it was rock solid again. The later model one doesn't seem to need this as it came with a crank bolt and was never loose and I replaced it with a self extracting crank bolt and never had any wobble.

IF YOU DO HAVE A WOBBLE MAKE SURE THE CAP NUT IS TIGHT.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano XT (FC-M760 and FC-M770), Truvativ Stylo 3.3.

[Jan 12, 2010]
Tom-Q
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Looks good.

Weakness:

No matter how tight i got the bolt holding it on, it still creaked. I removed it twice (including the bottom bracket cups) and cleaned and lubed everything. Then put it back together getting each component tight. It still creaked. Then about 2 years into it (the bike sat in my closet more often than i'd like to admit) the splines rounded off. I'll report again after i talk to their warranty department. I've been a bike mechanic at a large bike retailer, and i've used lots of cranks, but even the old square taper performed better than this.

Never ever would I recommend these to anyone. I talked to someone in a shop in Durango who said he owned a shop in Oregon and that they had been mailed some kind of compound to put in the splines to make them last longer. He said he had a number of these come in, and that it was a known problem.

These are the most expensive garbage cranks I've ever used. I hope to give a good review of Race Face's warranty and customer service in the near future. I'll give an update after talking to them.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano Octolink, Shimano LX (new with outboard BB cups), Shimano Saint, Truvativ Firex (old square taper), Truvativ Hozfeller, Echo Front Freewheel Cranks, Shimano STX, Shimano XT, Race Face Prodigy DH Cranks

[Dec 16, 2009]
mare45
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

NONE!

Weakness:

Chain suck galore! Ruined my brand new frame!

I have a full XTR full-suspension bike built up quite nicely, but I bought this complete bike because it had quite a few parts that I would keep and that means upgrades would be minimal. I wanted to buy a 29er to try and they came with these cranks, and XT drivetrain. I took my bike out for its first ride 4 days ago and the chain suck wrecked the chainstay. I thought it was not adjusted properly, so I had that checked out. I rode it again today and the same darn thing! My new bike, on only its second ride, has awful gouges and afterwards I learn that Race Face cranks are notorious for this. Had I known, I would have changed the cranks before I took the bike out. These cranks are coming off and I am going back to Shimano, or trying Middleburns this time around. They have very nice options for 29ers.

Similar Products Used:

I have always used Shimano XT or XTR, neither of which are similar to these Race Face because the Shimanos work.

[Oct 26, 2009]
Anonymous
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lightweight! Stiff, smooth shifting, lighter and less expensive than XT.

Weakness:

Haven't seen any yet, I have read about the BB wearing out, but haven't seen that yet and absolutely no chainsuck at all.

Best upgrade dollars spent.

Similar Products Used:

XT, XTR, kooka, etc.

[Oct 02, 2009]
jdpowers
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Stiff and cheap

Weakness:

Chainsuck, chainsuck and more chainsuck

One and done.

These cranks were on a brand new Hei Hei I purchased or else I would have gone with trusty Shimano. One ride on these and three chainsuck episodes later the back was back in the shop getting the cranks swapped out. Maybe it was the frame's fault (but Shimano cranks fixed it) but having new equipment fail like this is always disappointing. I would/will stick with Shimano cranks.

Similar Products Used:

XT, SLX, XTR

[Dec 30, 2008]
tkehler
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Tough, stiff, good rings, no chainsuck (not once), crisp shifting every time (even after days of mud, dust, railbed gravel, rain and 40' long x 2' deep puddles)

Weakness:

None so far, though people say the BB is crap -- I've not had a single problem.

I use my bike for XC, single track, and other things like that. AND especially for long distance riding and touring. I've done many days on the Kettle Valley trail, in all kinds of conditions and I've had no trouble. (I have a nice Phil Wood external BB ready to install when I have to replace this BB, but I've done 3,000 km without any worries. And I expect to keep using the cranks for a long time.)

Similar Products Used:

Numerous

[Nov 17, 2008]
adept1
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lightweight, reasonable price, nice looking, good instructions (IF YOU READ THEM!)

Weakness:

Aluminum bolt is not suitable for the initial installation. It'll strip if you apply the necessary torque to get the bolt to bottom out all the way. I set my torque wrench to 50 ft/lbs and stripped it. Glad it was the bolt and not the spindle! Better to use a steel bolt for initial install, and replace with an aluminum or titanium one after if you want something lighter. I used an old steel bolt from a previous crankset and tightened it to 50 ft/lbs.

I really like the cranks, and have not experienced any of the problems other people have mentioned here. You need to follow the instructions properly! I think many of the problems may be because the cranks aren't torqued down hard enough, and this could result in loosening, wobbling, and improper chainlines. I think Race Face should supply a steel bolt for the initial install, and people would not have these problems. I'm deducting 1 point for this.

Similar Products Used:

Race Face Evolve XC

[Nov 02, 2008]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Super strong, looks great! Work flawlessly.

Weakness:

None that i can think of really.

To me this cranks got installed in about 5 mins no joke. Though i had small problems with the spindle at first. I would get a small play with the drive side crank arm and the spindle but that go fixed. I do have to check the cups here and there to see if any loose.

They can take abuse to the max, will stay true, never bend and will always be solid! They look great to. Yes heavy, but i don't mind weight for strength. I got a good deal and i can't be happier to have these cranks on my bike!

Similar Products Used:

Truvativ hussefelt, blaze

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