Federal released the Vice cranks fairly recently, only a year or so ago. It’s clear they took their time in designing them, making them different to a lot of cranks out there.
Federal Bikes was launched by Seventies Distribution in the year 2000. It’s certainly been through a few different chapters as the landscape of the BMX industry down in Hastings has changed, but Federal continues to be, without question, one of the UK’s strongest BMX brands. Their team over the years has been consistently strong – from international big dogs like Davey Watson, Jared Washington, Stevie Churchill, Bruno Hoffmann and Steven Hamilton, to homegrown heroes such as Dan Lacey, Mark Love and Dan Cox. Federal has always maintained its status as a honourable brand to represent, which has translated into the success of its products, both in the UK and further afield. Federal has earned global respect.
“The boxed shape on the Federal Vice Cranks helps lock in crankarm grinds – the flatter surface makes them more stable.”
What Federal have gone for here is a box section crank. It’s a completely different style to the tubular profile of traditional three-piece cranks, and it allows them to fine tune the level of stiffness. Besides that, the shape genuinely helps lock in crankarm grinds – the flatter surface makes them more stable.
A nicely embossed logo faces out and is rounded enough to be purely aesthetic – you won’t be snagging your ankles on a stray ‘F’.