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Originally Posted by slisk
Thanks for the help. This is a high end project so the Shimano "no name" compact is not worthy. It is an Ultegra level crank I have heard. I have a nice set of new Ksyriums that are Shimano and may check to see if Mavic makes an adapter that will allow me to convert the freewheel body to Campy (like Zipp makes). I may build a Record bike. Either way, I want to be able to place a nice set of carbon compact cranks on it which Shimano doesn't make.
Well, excuse me, I didn't realize that a Shimano crank wouldn't meet your style requirements.
If you are going for Campy, they offer carbon compact cranks at both the Record and Chorus levels as well as specific compact fds. A recent test in the Australian bike magazine "Ride" showed that Campy carbon cranks were stiffer than the FSAs, even with their "old fashion" square taper bottom bracket design.
Another possibility with Campy is that you could get around your gearing problems with out switching big chainrings by using their 13x26 (or 13x29 if you want real low gears) cassette. A 50x13 high gear is actually slightly lower than a 48x12.