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How to make my FSA Gossamer crankset look cool?

Old 02-07-18, 04:45 PM
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How to make my FSA Gossamer crankset look cool?

Hi,

I just spent a bunch of money on getting my TT bike up to speed.

There is only one thing that bothers me: My FSA Gossamer Pro MegaExo 53/39 cranket looks kinda dull.

I originally wanted to get a used Ultra 6800 crankset and put it on just for the looks, but the hassle of getting my FSA crankset off and putting a new on (with all the compatibility issues) put me off. Plus, aside from the looks, my FSA crank works perfect.

Is there any way to make my FSA Gossamer cranket look better than even the Ultegra crankset without spending much money? Maybe a certain kind of chainring that you would recommend?
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Old 02-07-18, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by gazoome View Post
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Is there any way to make my FSA Gossamer cranket look better than even the Ultegra crankset without spending much money? Maybe a certain kind of chainring that you would recommend?
Yes, by constantly showing the other cyclists your rear tire during a race. Or showing the best times at your time trials
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Old 02-07-18, 05:11 PM
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Strip the coating off and polish it --- other than that, its hard to make it something its not

On the flip side though, -- I have one of these on my 'Dale, -- seems to work fine, -- I've been told its heavy -- but regarding looks? --- it just looks like any old black crankset to me

A FSA carbon crank from E-bay might make your TT rig look a little speedier though

A 60t front chainring would make anything look fast also

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Old 02-07-18, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
Yes, by constantly showing the other cyclists your rear tire during a race. Or showing the best times at your time trials
^This is the perfect answer.
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Old 02-07-18, 05:30 PM
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I think everyone is taking "up to speed" in a wrongful way.

Either way, to improve the looks, you might consider roughing it up, taping off the surrounding areas really well, & do the ole; primer, base, clear coat process.
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Old 02-07-18, 06:09 PM
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Drillium?
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Looks great to me. Besides, how can something named FSA Gossamer Pro MegaExo not be fabuloso?
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Define "Cool"
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Old 02-07-18, 08:09 PM
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Get on the bike and get the cranks turning. No one will see what you have.
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Old 02-07-18, 09:30 PM
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You could glue valve caps onto it.
I heard they are kinda cool.

Seriously dude get out there and lead the pack.
Then tell them it's because of your crankset.
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Everybody has more or less the same response. You'll look cool if you turn those babies at high cadence whilst in the 53/11

Going uphill.
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Old 02-07-18, 11:29 PM
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I don't know what's not cool with the FSA Gossamer line. It all looks fine to me.
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Strip the coating off and polish it --- other than that, its hard to make it something its not

On the flip side though, -- I have one of these on my 'Dale, -- seems to work fine, -- I've been told its heavy -- but regarding looks? --- it just looks like any old black crankset to me

A FSA carbon crank from E-bay might make your TT rig look a little speedier though
noting FSA has several different MegaExo bottom brackets with varying width



and that some "correct" bottom brackets won't install correctly with some cranks if you don't remove the overlapping portion of the wave washer.
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Old 02-08-18, 12:25 AM
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"Gossamer" just sounds awkward.

Looney Tunes had a Gossamer character...

I wonder how they finalized that product name?
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Old 02-08-18, 01:56 AM
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Well that's a bit standard. I mean, you haven't even cross-drilled the chain-rings yet...

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Originally Posted by gazoome View Post
Hi,Is there any way to make my FSA Gossamer cranket look better than even the Ultegra crankset ...
Do absolutely nothing. I really don't like the look of the Shimano cranksets and think that the FSA ones look much better. I think all modern cranksets looks rather chunky, though. I like my old (circa 2000) Campagnolo Chorus crankset which has a much more delicate and organic look to it. But beauty, as ever, is in the eye of the beholder.
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I've never given the appearance of a crankset a second thought. Cool? What makes it look cool, or not? Man...
Just go ride.
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Originally Posted by jgwilliams View Post
Do absolutely nothing. I really don't like the look of the Shimano cranksets and think that the FSA ones look much better. I think all modern cranksets looks rather chunky, though. I like my old (circa 2000) Campagnolo Chorus crankset which has a much more delicate and organic look to it. But beauty, as ever, is in the eye of the beholder.
+1

I think so too. The FSA Gossamer cranksets don't look bad at all. FSA makes good stuff for sure.
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Gossamer: used to refer to something very light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate.
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Originally Posted by gazoome View Post
I originally wanted to get a used Ultra 6800 crankset and put it on just for the looks, but the hassle of getting my FSA crankset off and putting a new on (with all the compatibility issues) put me off. Plus, aside from the looks, my FSA crank works perfect.
Fastest/easiest/cheapest solution is to pull the crank and replace it with something you think you will like better.

Half-a**ed cosmetic solutions almost always tend to look half-a**ed.
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Find some anodized chainrings?
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I've got a set on my Cannondale Synapse. I like the look of them, especially the scalloped contrast on the rings. So much so, I bought another set of rings off eBay for when these wear out. But that said I've never changed any component simply for 'looks'. Why throw away good money for fashion?
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Needs some purple, rattle can would be awesome.
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Have it chromed. That would add some bling bling to it.
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