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FSA vero to FSA energy crankset/bb replacement.

Old 03-28-13, 11:25 AM
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FSA vero to FSA energy crankset/bb replacement.

Hey guys, I'm currently running a FSA Vero compact crankset on my Diamondback podium 2 and I was wondering if I could replace the crankset/bb with a FSA energy. According to information online, the BB in the vero is 68mm and english threaded (does that mean the lbs can just thread in the new bb/crankset?) https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_551509_-1___

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Old 03-28-13, 11:53 AM
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As long as your frame is English threaded and has a 68 mm bb shell, yes, the FSA crank and bottom bracket you linked to will thread right in.
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If I might as a silly question, WHY? both those cranks are pretty darn similar, except the Vero is square taper, and the Energy is a 2-piece with external bearings.
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Originally Posted by pierce View Post
If I might as a silly question, WHY? both those cranks are pretty darn similar, except the Vero is square taper, and the Energy is a 2-piece with external bearings.
Well, everyone is going cray-cray about the external bearing cranks, the increased stiffness, less friction in the bearings etc, and square taper is something a velociraptor from the stone age would be using.
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I have felt absolutely no difference between them. I weigh 235 # and can push pretty good on the pedals. My guess is a pro can feel the diff, but not average joe. Save your mula and go buy a beer.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
I have felt absolutely no difference between them. I weigh 235 # and can push pretty good on the pedals. My guess is a pro can feel the diff, but not average joe. Save your mula and go buy a beer.
Hm alright then, the stiffness is most likely wasted on me as well (I weigh 140lbs) and spin more for speed then putting down large amounts of force with each stroke.
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the outboard stuff is nice in volume production as it can be assembled faster, using press-fit bearings, and fewer assembly steps to put the crank on the bike, the bike manufacturers save time/money....

I think thats the biggest advantage.
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Originally Posted by pierce View Post
If I might as a silly question, WHY? both those cranks are pretty darn similar, except the Vero is square taper, and the Energy is a 2-piece with external bearings.
I was going to ask exactly the same question as an addendum to my first post but decided I've asked it too many times in the past. I certainly agree that a good square taper bb spindle is PLENTY stiff for nearly any rider and the difference between it and an external bearing design is mostly theoretical.
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Originally Posted by pierce View Post
the outboard stuff is nice in volume production as it can be assembled faster, using press-fit bearings, and fewer assembly steps to put the crank on the bike, the bike manufacturers save time/money....

I think thats the biggest advantage.
+1.

A lot of things that reduce manufacturing costs are run through the marketing department to have them come up with a performance-related spin to help sell the change to the customers.
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IMO- the only drawback to sq. taper BBs and cranks is the lack of variety in lightweight parts. That's the only reason I switched things up, cuz I could tell no difference in stiffness. Spinning? can't tell the difference, but I do know a good sq. taper bottom bracket will "freespin" better.
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