The funny thing for me is, in 27 years of avid riding and racing, I've owned piles of bike stuff, and I think I only owned one RF product, an RF handlebar. Weird.
I've only owned a couple things as well, some piss poor designed cranks mostly, and then a weak stem that flexed way too much. Unfortunately the "innovate or die" thing does apply as least for them I found... And I've probably bought at least 10 sets of cranks over the last 4 year I figure...
I never felt the need to run their stuff on my bikes, but I've seen plenty of it cross my repair stands. They flourished in the late days of "cnc'ish" type cranks, but I'm still surprised by their closing because I thought they were still being used OEM on several brands?
I do have a Titus, but alas no Race Face....
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bummer, i have a RALLY old set of their cranks on my cross bike. never had any issues
I used to have a small collection of broken cranks so it doesn't really suprise me. I will miss their chainrings though. They have out lasted anything from Shimano or Truvativ. Their external bottom brackets are horrible.
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I put the last new Race Face bars and seatpost I had in stock on Travis' bike. I really liked those and had good luck with them. Their cranks, not so much.
I've really become a Truvativ, Avid, SRAM guy. But I still like White Brothers and Manitou forks better than Rock Shox.
used to love their cranks until had to buy rings, buy another crankset cheaper, also the carbon "decal" came off my next cranks. i know their carbon inside just seemed kinda cheap to put a decal on there. have a new carbon riser i just put on my xtc 29r though. guess the lifetime warranty dont mean nothin now. comfy bar though...
Bringing up this thread back from the dead because Raceface was salvaged/brought back to life and are offering a new set of other parts. I actually chose them, the Raceface Next SL carbon cranks (650grams -- 120 grams lighter than XTR), really solid design. And the turbine stem which is Thompson-esque and lighter and very stiff.
Basically, Raceface is back and doing better than ever in my opinion...
I haven't really followed the details, but it sounds like the employees stepped up to take control of the company. Not sure where the additional funding came from, but their rebirth is aggressive and they look to be back on track.