Hi, I am a new member and a regular reader of content. I have been active on MTBR more recently and I have been on bikeforums for over 10 years. I'm getting more into the MTB and NSMB forums of late. This test product was the spark I needed to join and I look forward to contributing regularly.
1. Bike I own are many (road, track, fixed, cross, monster cross, fat, touring, vintage, modern etc...) but I would mount this on my 2015 Rocky Mountain Instinct 750 BC Edition, which currently has an XFusion Trace RL2, 140mm. The fork is currently at suspension werx and will come back with the RLX roughcut damper. I'm a 29er guy, I tried 650B when it was the new thing and went back to 29" ASAP. I'm 6'4 190lbs and live in Whitehorse, YT. Trail range from rolling XC, to all mountain (Carcross) to epic alpine. I like it all and like to get a bit rowdy but nothing to big.
2. I do not currently own any, SR suntour product, but am certainly familiar with the company from the Suntour of old (XC pro anyone) to the reformed SR suntour that came about in the 1990s.
3. Very comfortable setting up, I used to be a full time mechanic and regularly helped customers set-up. However, I wouldn't quite call myself advanced. I have serviced lowers and done dampers once with guidance. These days, time and tools keep me from digging deeper but it is a goal to start doing more of it myself. I would service the Suntour fork and document it for the purpose of this review. Only reason I didn't do my xfusion this time around is I wasn't expecting to blow the damper and Summer is my busy season at work so most of my spare time is riding with little to spare so I sent it off to Suspension Werx.
4. Currently, going ahead with the damper upgrade on my XFusion which would be a very relevant direct comparison to the SR Suntour fork. I'm consider a new 29er next season... maybe a hardtail.
5. I usually buy and sell as a whole, but begin changing parts almost immediately. I like the rocky BC editions because they tend to have a pretty good spec to start then I can change up the cockpit and whatever else. Currently, I have swapper, post, bar, stem, cranks and tires from stock on my bike since it has solid working DT and brakes. Next piece would be better wheels (I'd build myself). I am considering building a hardtail from the frame up, but it's hard to compete with the value of a complete bike.
6. RACE FACE AEFFECT CRANK SET
Race Face introduced the Aeffect crank as a budget-conscious direct mount crankset in 2016. The Aeffect utilizes the same cinch interface as their more expensive offerings, but at a much lower price. It uses a familiar 24mm spindle making it interchangeable with Shimano bottom brackets that can cost less than the Race Face offering and will typically last longer. Forged from 6066 aluminum, the Aeffect crank comes in at 650g (claimed) with a 32T chainring.
Spending about $100 more will get you a Turbine crank forged from 7050 alloy with a 30mm spindle. What does this mean? The claim is stiffness, but I dare you to tell the difference in a blind test. The extra CNC finishing and red and blue anodized options do give the Turbine some cool retro points, but as much as I love the 90’s, my wallet won me over to the Aeffect crank.
The Aeffect replaced the stock Ride crank on my 2015 Rocky Mountain Instinct BC Edition. The Ride crank has an unusually large protrusion around the spindle, and after a week of wet spring riding on the BC coast my ankles were bruised from knocking that protrusion during hasty dismounts. I needed to get a different crank and (let’s face it) the direct mount ring looks way cooler than the 4 bolt arms. Swapping cranks was straightforward and seamless. A couple spacers and one already installed self-extracting 8mm bolt and it all goes on in seconds. If you need to change the ring just grab your trusty old cartridge bottom bracket tool. Thanks for not making us buy another tool, Race Face. Over more than a year of riding the Aeffect it has performed flawlessly, meaning I never think about it when I’m riding. Chain retention on the Race Face 30T narrow wide ring is excellent also.
Expensive cranks save weight but often don’t offer any real performance advantage to the average rider. The Aeffect is a perfect budget crank that will perform loyally and save you some coin that will be better spent on fresh rubber or better wheels.