New 2014 RaceFace Hard Goods

Words Morgan Taylor
Photos Morgan Taylor
Date Oct 17, 2013

RaceFace’s Turbine and Atlas groups have seen the spotlight for the past few years, but it’s time Next got its turn. For 2014 we’re seeing the formerly XC-oriented family move more towards the burly end of the spectrum, while maintaining its competitive light weight.

The highlight piece is a new carbon crankset that weighs in at a ghastly sub-500 grams with a 28T direct mount ring and BB92 bottom bracket – and a still-light 640 grams with a 104/64 double and PF30 BB.

Next also sees a widening in the handlebar department at 760mm, going to the 35mm clamp diameter at a weight of 180 grams. Both these and the cranks hit RaceFace’s strength targets for the burlier product families – a good sign indeed.

The other families did not go untouched; check the photos below for fresh colours on Atlas bars, new rise options for SixC, 35mm stems, and some comparisons between the Atlas and Aeffect pedals.


The Next SL crank weighs in at 425 grams with a 28T direct mount ring. Try to find a lighter, stronger option.


RaceFace’s Narrow Wide tooth profile is implemented on the direct mount rings, along with some beauty machining.


You want a double? You got it. You want a triple? (Really? Well, fine.) You got that too. 104/64 and 80/120 spiders available.


RaceFace’s new Cinch system simplifies pressfit bottom bracket adjustment.


The back side of the spiderless direct mount ring.


A standard cartridge BB tool pulls the ring – in case you were considering ridding your tool box of this one…


Lots of options in Next SL but the bottom line is: light and strong.


Of course you can still get your Narrow Wide single ring in standard 104 bolt circle.


The new Next handlebar goes to a 760mm width, with an 8×5 bend.


A scant 180 grams on the scales.


SixC is going to 35mm clamp and 800mm width at 210 grams and will see three different rise options: 10mm, 20mm, and 35mm.


The Atlas bars see a graphics refresh and a brightening in the colour department as well as the 35mm clamp and 800mm width.


Matching 35mm Atlas stem, 160 grams in 50mm. Hopefully a Turbine or Next version is on the way for the weight weenies.


New Atlas DM direct mount 35mm stem. 120 grams, zero rise or 5mm with supplied spacers.


And complementing Kash Money bar. Matches your stanchions…


Aeffect pedal on the left, Atlas on the right.


The Aeffect is the more affordable of the two pedal offerings and uses a bearing/bushing combo, weighing in at 375 grams a pair.


The Atlas pedal is the premium offering with four cartridge bearings and a double concave platform, weighing in at 355 grams a pair.


Both pedals use a chromoly spindle and aluminum pedal body.


The Atlas pedal lets you store a spare pin in the spindle cap.


The Aeffect pedal is 15mm thick in the centre and 17mm at the front and back.


A good look at the Atlas double concave. 12mm thick in the centre, 14.5mm on the corners.


We were told that Wade can usually be found in the RaceFace catalogue drinking a beer. Shall we have a game of Where’s Wade?

RaceFace is doing a great job with carbon lately. Could these be your next bar or crank?


Cr4w  - Dec. 9, 2013, 3:42 p.m.

Do we think the Next SL cranks are suitable for a 210lb rider on a long travel 29er? This class of componentry is so tough now maybe I could run these?


Oldfart  - Oct. 18, 2013, 9:39 a.m.

If those Next SL cranks don't give a guy middle of the day wood..he's dead. Damn. Can't wait to get the ones I ordered a few weeks ago. No 170's yet but the other length is in. Looking at those Atlas pedals, it looks like the hole in the platform opposite the spindle end is threaded. Is there a purpose for that like pressing off the cage from the spindle?


Dirk  - Oct. 20, 2013, 9:17 p.m.

Would imagine just cause its the same diameter as what the end cap threads into. Gets threaded when that gets threaded.


Bryce  - Oct. 17, 2013, 1:51 p.m.

no kidding eh? The old adage that 'if it doesn't kill you it just makes you stronger' really applies here. Can't wait to get my grubby hands on some of this stuff


Rob Gretchen  - Oct. 17, 2013, 9:07 a.m.

RF lineup is so solid… now with pedals FTW…


Jerry-Rig  - Oct. 17, 2013, 8:55 a.m.

Wow. What a couple of years of done. Great to see a local company having some of the best components in the biz.


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