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First Look

TRUVATIV Descendant TLD CoLab

Words Tim Coleman
Photos Tim Coleman
Date May 21, 2019

SRAM was once again a big presence for the opening of the Whistler Bike Park this year. Along side offering fantastic service to riders who came out for opening weekend, SRAM / TRUVATIV was also there to launch their new Troy Lee Designs collaboration on the TRUVATIV Descendant handle bar and cranks. The bars and cranks are the same structural design as the current Descendant, but the graphics package has been penned by Troy Lee Designs. The new bars and cranks will be available in June.

Descendant TLD CoLab Crankset:

  • Speeds - 11/12
  • Weight - 487 grams (175 mm crank with 32 tooth ring)
  • DUB BB Compatibility; BSA73, PF89.5, PF92, PF30 MTB73, BB30 MTB73, BSA MTB68SP
  • Crank Arm Length - 165 mm, 170 mm, 175 mm
  • Chainline - 52.0 mm
  • Direct Mount Chain Rings
  • Crank Arm Material - Carbon
  • Available in Black and Red
  • Price: $449.99 USD
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In the flesh the new cranks on display looked great

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Non-drive side of the same crank, but in black ... for those that don't like red

Descendant TLD CoLab DH Crankset:

  • Speeds - 10/11
  • Weight - 479 grams (DH73, 165 mm crank with 32 tooth ring) / 530 grams (DH83, 165 mm crank with 36 tooth ring)
  • BB Compatibility; DUB BSA MTB83, DUB PF MTB104.5/107, DUB:BSA73, PF89.5, PF92, PF30 MTB73, BB30 MTB73, BSA MTB68SP
  • Crank Arm Length - 165 mm, 170 mm
  • Chainline - 49.0 mm, 52.0 mm, 56.5 mm
  • Direct Mount Chain Rings
  • Crank Arm Material - Carbon
  • Available in Black and Red
  • Price: $449.99 USD
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I lucked out with a near perfect colour match to the red Norco Range

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Pretty!

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The finish is excellent no matter where you look

The graphical influence is said to be high tech camo, and I think it's really well executed. Par for the course from Troy Lee really. The cranks aren't the only part to get the Troy Lee Designs graphical treatment - so how about some handlebars to match your flashy cranks?

Descendant TLD CoLab Bar Carbon // Aluminum

  • 750 or 800 mm Wide
  • 20 or 25 mm Rise
  • 5° Rise
  • 7 or 9° Back Sweep
  • 31.8 or 35 mm Clamp Diameter
  • Weight - Carbon: 230 grams (35 mm clamp), 219 g (31.8 mm); Aluminum: 345 g (35 mm clamp), 310 g (31.8 mm)
  • Price - Carbon: $199.99 USD // Aluminum: $99.99 USD
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The new TLD CoLab bars are available in red or black on both the aluminium and carbon versions

Descendant TLD CoLab Bar Aluminum

  • 750 and 800 mm Wide
  • 20 and 25 mm Rise
  • 5° Up
  • 7 and 9° Back Sweep
  • 31.8 and 35 mm Clamp Diameter
  • Weight 345 grams for 35 mm Clamp Diameter, and 310 grams for the 31.8 mm version
  • Price: $99.99 USD
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The handle bars make for a great looking cockpit

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The new blacked out Descendant stem looks great, too.

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While the graphical design of the bar and cranks is flashy up close, the designs mesh nicely on the bike when viewed as a whole bike. Just the right amount of flair.

The TRUVATIV Descendant series has proven to be a solid range of parts over the past few years. Both the bars and the cranks are workhorse items in my view, offering stiff, precise and solid performance with a competitive weight and price. I'm looking forward to putting some time in on the new DUB bottom bracket to evaluate its longevity. This release of the Troy Lee Designs CoLab parts adds some fun and flair to what was already a good product. I've always thought bikes were about fun, and should be bright. So I tip my hat to SRAM and Troy Lee for pursuing more graphical collaborations on their products. I think the new stuff looks fantastic, and can't wait to go ride my bike some more with the flashy new bits on it.

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