When specing out cranks for my Pivot Mach 6 I decided to go with Race Face’s new Next SL carbon cranks and a press fit RF bottom bracket. I had never had a carbon component on a mountain bike before so I figure buying a carbon frame meant I should go carbon in other areas where possible. As a bonus these state of the art cranks are made in Canada less than 100kms from where I live.
You can read a review over at NSMB that I agree with entirely. I’ll post my own review at the end of the summer mostly focused on durability issues. If the BB stays quiet and lasts a couple years of year round use I’ll be happy. If the crank arms can take some bashing into rocks as long as I keep the ends covered with silicone booties I’ll be happy.
Time will tell!
I’m running a 28T chainring on the Next SL cranks currently. I also have a 30T ring I may swap to over time. I’m not sure about that yet. So far the 28T x 36T is my normal techy steep climbing gear with the 42T held in reserve for steep smoother climbs like fireroads.