Original Article: BikeRadar.com by Warren Rossiter.
For this year, Praxis has expanded its road line to include a new lower-priced crankset to sit alongside the highly respected (and Cycling Plus grouptest-winning) Zayante M30. The new Alba M30 is 2D-forged rather than hollow-forged like the Zayante, but it does retain the light-yet-super-stiff M30 axle.
Pricing is as yet unconfirmed but Praxis may have a serious rival to 105 and Ultegra with the Alba crankset.The cranks will be available in 165, 170, 172.5 and 175mm lengths and a big range of chain ring sizes: a choice of 52/36, 50/34, 46/36t for CX, single ring options in 40 and 42t, and a rather interesting 48/32t option aimed at the latest generation of gravel bikes.
Also on the road side are updated chainrings that are now cross-compatible between both 4- and 5-arm spiders. They’ve worked on the shift ramp positioning and also made the chain pin removable, and offer two positions depending on the type of crankset you're fitting them too.
On the off-road side, they have a very neat, very minimal and highly adjustable ISG05 compatible chain keeper, and the promise of a range of fittings to come.
The bigger news off-road however is Praxis’ first ever carbon fibre crank. The understated and classy looking Lyft uses the 3-bolt spline direct mount fitting so it can be easily switched between single and double ring setups and there are offset chainring options to make the Lyft Boost 148mm compatible too. For the Lyft, they’ve stayed with their M30 thru axle system, and instead of a traditional wavy washer have introduced a highly adjustable preload threaded ring.