SINGLE RING CRANKS
SRAM Force 1 £224
Force 1 sits above Rival 1 and Apex 1 in the SRAM single-ring groupset hierarchy. The 598g chainset matches stiff carbon arms to either 24mm (GXP) or 30mm axles. The smooth running, super-secure, X-Sync narrow-wide chainrings are available in 38 to 54t sizes and sit on a forged five-arm spider.
Praxis Alba £149.99
Praxis has a big range of single-ring chainsets in the pipeline including carbon-armed Zayante and direct-mount options. Now, the Alba forged alloy crank, weighing 704g, retro-fitted with one of Praxis’ excellent 40 or 42t, ‘Wave tooth’ cyclo-cross chainrings has proved to be great for mono ring fans.
Easton EC90 SL £389.99
Based on the light but stiff and bombproof Race Face Next SL mountain bike cranks, this hollow carbon-armed, direct-mount ring design weighs just 445g. Cinch bottom bracket options mean the 30mm alloy axle fits all bottom bracket shells and the chainline is optimised for 135/142mm rear axle disc bikes.
Rotor 3D+ CX1 £406.35
The hollow-bored arms and universal fit 30mm UBB alloy axle and UBB bottom bracket system make the 3D+ a carbon weight competitor. The spread of 38-54t CX1 chainring options include ovalised QX1 rings, which can be adjusted in orientation to modify their smoothing effect on your pedalling.