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    Opinions on Race Face Deus SL titanium?

    I believe its a 2011 model, complete and new in box from a local bike club guy with BB and 3 ring set-up. I'll be running it as a single ring for a 1x10 but its pretty light, close to XTR weight.

    But it has a titanium crank shaft, is this going to be ok for a 230# rider doing XC and some racing?

    Found very little in the way of reviews on here, supposed to be a special edition titanium model, was expensive when it was new.
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    I've think the biggest issue with Ti in components is it is not as hard as steel alloys and thus easier to strip or round out if you over-torque something for example. I have never heard of anyone breaking a BB spindle assuming that's what you mean by "crank shaft". That said, it could be flexy compared to a steel spindle. I don't see any advantage to that set over say XTR, but if you're getting it for a song it seems like a good bet. I would bet the steel axle version of that same Race Face crankset is only slightly heavier but a lot less money.

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