Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1979 Austro-Daimler
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I'm looking to replace my FSA Gossamer triple crankset with a CX-specific double. I'm looking for something in the $200-ish or less price range. I think I want an external bottom bracket unless someone can convince me I shouldn't want that.
I want this for CX racing, but I'm not particularly fast or powerful, and I'm not entire certain I could really distinguish Shimano Tourney from SRAM Red, but I want something nice. I've got Shimano 10-speed components on the bike right now.
It looks like the leading candidates are:
FSA SL-K ($220 on eBay?)
The only data I have two distinguish them are price, weight and gearing. I'd like to add your opinions and experiences to that.
I'd like to hear some input on the gearing choices. I like the idea of 46-36 better than 46-38, but I can see the advantages of the latter. I think I'd prefer 110-bcd because it give me the option of throwing on a smaller granny gear for road riding. I'm open to suggestion here.
I'd also like to hear some thoughts on crank length. I have 170mm cranks on all my bikes right now. I've used 175 before on a MTB-ish commuter and 165 on a fixie. I was considering 172.5 but I'm not sure what the advantages are.
So, talk to me.