Preview: Race Face’s 2011 Turbine Stem, Cranks, Bars

So many colors. So many Options.

Source: Race Face

Race Face recently launched its 2011 Turbine line of components.


It appears that Race Face had Shimano’s XT cranks directly in its sights whilst designing the Turbine cranks. Race Face claims that its Turbines have stronger pedal threads and a better warranty than XTs.

The cranks are available in a near dizzying array of options: 2×10, 3×10 and 3×9 setups, 170-, 175- and 180-millimeter lengths and three colors–red, silver and black.


As absurd as it may sound, the Turbine bars may have even more options than the cranks. There are four rise and width options–3/4 inch and 1 inch rises at 680 millimeters wide, and flat at either 600 or 700 millimeters. Each of those four options comes in seven color choices–black, red, blue, green, purple, orange, and pink.


While the cranks may have had the ever prestigious Shimano’s XTs in mind as the direction competition, the Turbine stem set an equally challenging benchmark–Thomsom’s X4. Race Face claims its stem to be lighter, but just as strong as the Thomson. There are plenty of lengths to choose from too (60, 70, 90, 100 and 110 millimeters), but only one rise option (+/- 6 degrees) and one color option (black).