Updated November 30, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

The 9 Best Mountain Bike Cranksets

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in November of 2018. 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 help fund the Wiki. 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.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on November 30, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously 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 has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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