Mountain Gear

Gear: Rotor Agilis Cranks Upgraded for 2010

Rotor's Agilis crank is available to take double or triple rings for mountain bikes.


The Agilis is available in a two-chainring mountain bike version.
The Agilis is available in a two-chainring mountain bike version.

The Spanish fabrication wizards at Rotor are at it again, revising the Agilis crankset for both looks and performance.

Who knew machined aluminum cranks could be taken a step farther? Agilis cranks now share their axle and crank clamp design with 3D crank. The development also allows for a more conventional installation process.

Rotor’s clamping system uses a single oversized DTT bolt to do the job usually reserved for two conventional bolts. Happily for the ham-fisted, this system also integrates a replaceable threaded insert between the crank and the bolt, giving extra protection against product damage due to over-tightening.

Rotor says the updated interface and axle dramatically increases stiffness, fulfilling the expectations of even the most torque-ily gifted riders. And new graphics add even more appeal to the package.

The XC2 and XC3 (double or triple mountain bike) cranks in the 175 and 172.5mm lengths are available now and 170s will be available in mid-April. Weights vary between models and lengths, but hover between 500 and 550 grams without chainrings or bottom brackets.

The cranks will sell for $325 for cranks only, without chainrings or bearings.