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Item # RCF001S

Turbo Turbine Time.

With the Turbine standing in as already one of the industry's go-to cranksets, Race Face knew it didn't need to drastically revamp the Turbine Cinch Crank Arms, yet in its typical counter-counter-rebellious Canadian fashion, it went ahead and did anyway. The wizards up in British Columbia made sure to redesign everything from the spindle out, employing their proprietary Cinch bottom bracket system for its reliability and for the flexibility the platform affords.

Made of ultrastrong but light alloy, the Turbine's arms are more than up for even your most aggressive cross-country, trail, or all-mountain rides. As mentioned, the crank is based on the company's Cinch interface, which allows for the installation of both direct-mount Race Face chainrings in a huge range of available sizes, or a four-bolt spider for the installation of any other two- or three-ring combinations. The 30mm spindle is CNC machined from 7050-series aluminum for excellent strength and solidity.

The Race Face Turbine Cinch Crank Arms are available in the colors Black, Blue, or Red, and in 170mm or 175mm lengths. The 30mm spindle is compatible with most 68/73mm bottom bracket shells. The arms do not include and chainrings, spiders, or the necessary Race Face Cinch bottom bracket, which is available for several different bottom bracket platforms.

  • 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

Tech Specs

Arm Material:
Bottom Bracket:
not included
BB Type:
Cinch (various versions available)
not included
30mm 7050-series aluminum
Actual Weight:
Black, 175mm: 564g; Red, 175mm: 567g; Blue, 175mm: 564g
Recommended Use:
cross-country, trail, all-mountain

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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?

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

Hey Jim,

You'll need a Cinch BB to be compatible with the Turbine crankset. Feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or want to figure out which bottom bracket will work for your bike!

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 - klivingston@backcountry.com - 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

    Smooth Crankin'

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I chose the Turbine Crank arms for my Santa Cruz 5010. Plenty stiff and for the price, reasonably light. Give me a shout if you want to talk shop.

    Smooth Crankin'

    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 - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

    24mm spindle for the Turbine Cinch?

    Do raceface make a 24mm spindle for this crank, as I would love to run this with my Chris King 24mm threadfit BB? Thanks

    They do make this with a 24mm spindle, but we do not have any right now.

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

    It would be a 168.

    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?