The 9 Best Mountain Bike Cranksets

Updated November 30, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive
We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Any experienced rider knows that almost no bike comes with top of the line components as standard. If you are looking to improve the power transfer efficiency from your foot to the pedal, the best way to do that is by upgrading your crankset to one of the models on this list. We've included carbon fiber and aluminum options in a variety of price ranges, so there should be one to suit every need. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best mountain bike crankset on Amazon.

9. FSA Vero

8. Shimano FC-M785 XT

7. Shimano Zee

6. Sram XX1 GXP

5. RaceFace Turbine

4. FSA K-Force

3. Shimano 6800 Ultegra

2. Praxis Works Cadet Boost M30

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1. Sram Red GXP

Editor's Notes

November 27, 2018: A lot of factors go into identifying the best cranksets. The goal is to find the perfect balance of stiffness and weight. Ideally, they should not flex at all under heavy load, yet they need to be made of materials known for being lightweight, such as aluminum or carbon fiber. This often means that some compromise must be made. Our ranking only includes models that were able to balance those two aspects without compromising too far in one direction or another.


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Last updated on November 30, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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