Actofive Signature X Pinion CNC-machined gearbox bike crankset, Factory Tour, mid-machining step Just a couple months back we saw German machined aluminum experts Actofive add a 1/2-price, extra-strong Signature X crankset, and now they’re back with an even lower cost crankset upgrade for riders with Pinion gearbox bikes. Last week, we took a quick peek into Actofive’s Dresden workshop to see how the Signature X Pinion cranks went from prototype to batch production… Actofive Signature X Pinion machined gearbox bike crankset
(Photos/Cory Benson) The reason why Actofive created a Signature X Pinion upgrade option for gearbox riders essentially boiled down to… why not!
More and more performance mountain bikers are moving to Pinion gearboxes for their added durability, protection from the elements, and unique weight balance at the center of the bike. But there aren’t really many opportunities for customization. And we all know that the kind of people who buy a very niche Pinion gearbox mountain bike, are probably also the type who want their bike to be dripping with custom bits. (Photo/Pinion) Pinion’s stock forged 6061 alloy cranks are pretty boring. And their black anodized CNC 7075 upgrade cranks are that much cooler looking. Signature X Pinion (l) & Signature X (middle), vs. Pinion forged (r) crank arms And Simon Metzner of Actofive knew he could simply adapt his recent Signature X cranks for something with more shiny bling. Of course, they are also built tough, are lighter than either Pinion option, and can be had in a […]