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Replace FSA Gossamer with Shimano 105 crankset?

Old 10-21-19, 02:31 PM
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Replace FSA Gossamer with Shimano 105 crankset?

Hello,

The frame has a BB386 bottom bracket and a FSA gossamer crankset. I'm looking to change to shorter crank arms and slightly bigger gears. The rest of the drivetrain is Shimano 105. I'm thinking of switching the crankset to Shimano 105. I understand there are required adapters to run Shimano cranks on a BB386 frame.

Any opinion? I have a higher opinion of the Shimano 105 than the FSA and am wanting to switch sizes anyway.

Thank you.
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Old 10-22-19, 05:38 PM
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I made a similar swap for my wife’s tri bike (Cervelo P2) because she wanted to go to shorter cranks. The new 105 is the most cost effective quality set of 165’s I could find, but it required changing out the bottom bracket and an adaptor. I had a bike shop do it though.
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Old 10-23-19, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by genrlz View Post
Hello,

The frame has a BB386 bottom bracket and a FSA gossamer crankset. I'm looking to change to shorter crank arms and slightly bigger gears. The rest of the drivetrain is Shimano 105. I'm thinking of switching the crankset to Shimano 105. I understand there are required adapters to run Shimano cranks on a BB386 frame.

Any opinion? I have a higher opinion of the Shimano 105 than the FSA and am wanting to switch sizes anyway.

Thank you.
Pretty easy to swap the cranks for the 105 and use the appropriate Shimano bottom bracket for your frame. If you're not sure what to get bring your bike to a local shop.
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Old 10-25-19, 05:57 PM
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Press out the old BB screw this one in.

https://wheelsmfg.com/bottom-brackets/bb386evo.html
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Originally Posted by wsteve464 View Post
Press out the old BB screw this one in.

https://wheelsmfg.com/bottom-brackets/bb386evo.html

Sweet! Thank you!
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Old 10-26-19, 03:56 AM
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I had a similar FSA crank on my 2007 Tricross Comp. After wearing out some chain rings I decided to put a 105 crank on instead of replacing the rings. While it was satisfying to have all Shimano drivetrain (and I think it looked a bit better), it made zero difference in the performance of the bike. I didn't change the length of the cranks.
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
I had a similar FSA crank on my 2007 Tricross Comp. After wearing out some chain rings I decided to put a 105 crank on instead of replacing the rings. While it was satisfying to have all Shimano drivetrain (and I think it looked a bit better), it made zero difference in the performance of the bike. I didn't change the length of the cranks.
Thank you!
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
I had a similar FSA crank on my 2007 Tricross Comp. After wearing out some chain rings I decided to put a 105 crank on instead of replacing the rings. While it was satisfying to have all Shimano drivetrain (and I think it looked a bit better), it made zero difference in the performance of the bike. I didn't change the length of the cranks.
Not surprising. I made the change to Shimano because I wanted to shorten my cranks with a 105 set.

Iím in the process of building up a Specialized Allez Sprint and wanted to make the same change. I used the threaded Shimano adaptor shown above, and it was a pretty easy job. You need a specialty tool to push out the BB30 bottom bracket bearings; and then a bottom bracket wrench to screw together the new Shimano bearing sleeve. Pretty easy job.
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Originally Posted by drewtk View Post
Not surprising. I made the change to Shimano because I wanted to shorten my cranks with a 105 set.

Iím in the process of building up a Specialized Allez Sprint and wanted to make the same change. I used the threaded Shimano adaptor shown above, and it was a pretty easy job. You need a specialty tool to push out the BB30 bottom bracket bearings; and then a bottom bracket wrench to screw together the new Shimano bearing sleeve. Pretty easy job.

So, was it worth it? I thought that link above was for a conversion bottom bracket, not an adapter? I thought the adapters were just little pieces and you still used the BB386 bottom bracket? Thanks
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So, was it worth it? I thought that link above was for a conversion bottom bracket, not an adapter? I thought the adapters were just little pieces and you still used the BB386 bottom bracket? Thanks
I didnít use adaptors for the existing bearings. Thatís the easiest solution but Iíve heard they can creak. I removed the existing bearings and used a conversion bottom bracket.

Was it worth it? Well, I got to install the Shimano cranks I wanted. But Iím still in the process of building the bike so I have yet to do a single pedal on the bike.
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Originally Posted by drewtk View Post
I didnít use adaptors for the existing bearings. Thatís the easiest solution but Iíve heard they can creak. I removed the existing bearings and used a conversion bottom bracket.

Was it worth it? Well, I got to install the Shimano cranks I wanted. But Iím still in the process of building the bike so I have yet to do a single pedal on the bike.
Got it, thanks. Yeah, I'm leery of using adapters. It seems that the conversion bottom bracket is much better, but also more expensive. It's probably worth it though. Thank you
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