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Race BMX Cranks

A Freestyle BMX crankset should be able to take a beating

Cranksets are an important part of creating forward motion on a freestyle BMX. The crankset helps to transfer power from the rider’s legs to the sprocket. A crankset for freestyle BMX is typically made in a heavier and more durable construction than the cranksets used for race BMX.

Should I choose 1-piece, 2-piece or 3-piece crankset?

There are primarily three types of cranks for freestyle BMX bikes.

1-piece cranksets are held in place by the bearings, and as it’s 1-piece, there are no screws in these.

2-piece is the easiest cranksets to tighten, and they only have one crank bolt. Besides, they are also the most lightweight models, as the crankshaft is often hollow. 2-piece cranksets are often made in a very slim design.

The 3-piece is often a bit heavier than 2-piece cranksets, but they can be more solid since they are not welded together like a 2-piece crank. A 3-piece crank is often a bit wider.

 The 3-piece box design is for those who want more foot space on the actual crank.

Please be sure, that the crankset you wish to buy is compatible with your pedals. Don't hesitate to contact our customer service, if you have doubts about your pedals compatibility with the crankset.

The length matters

Many riders think that BMX bike crank arms only comes in one size - the one on their BMX bike crankset. The truth is that you can get a lot of different BMX crank arm lengths. It seems like the standard for freestyle BMX bike crank arms is 175mm, but choosing a shorter crank arm can give you certain benefits.

If you have a short chainstay, you’ll need to have a short crank arm to avoid the arm from hitting the pegs. A shorter crank arm also means a shorter distance between your feet, which make tricks like bunny hops and 180’s much easier to perform. Last but not least smaller crank arms mean less steel and therefore an easier BMX bike. It’s only a couple of grams, but in the world of freestyle BMX weight is a religion in itself.