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Recommend a compact crank

Old 07-01-15, 08:49 PM
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Recommend a compact crank

I need a compact double for my road bike. Need 170 mm, 50/34, and good operation with Campy 10 speed. Lightness and price are important, so FSA looks like a decent choice. Years ago I didn't go for FSA because I read about problems with FSA BBs and was not excited about the bright colorful logo graphics. What's the story with them now?

Also I'm concerned about whether the chainrings will work properly with the Campy chain and derailleur cage.

I'm about 190 lb and working my way back into shape - ride distances, not a lot of HIIT.

The frame has a traditional Italian BB.

There are some NOS Campy Veloce and other levels out there - seriously better than FSA? I'm historically a Campy only type, but not at current prices.

Some recommendations please?

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You can get a 10 speed campy crank for around $100 at Ribble
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do you want to stay with your current BB?

I've run FSA, Truvativ, and Shimano --GASP!-- cranksets with my Campy drivetrain. All work fine. Well, I had issues with an FSA Gossamer crankset, but that was a few years ago and honestly I don't know if they've gotten better for that model. Current setup is an FSA Carbon Team issue with an Octalink (english) BB. I think you're biggest constraint might be the BB?

Ebay ...?
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For the $$$ for design and reliability, you can't beat new Shimano 105 crank 11s which will work fine with a 10s driveline..any of them including Campy.
I just built a new Spesh Secteur for light touring and a supplemental training bike to my Roubaix I just rebuilt with Campy 11s. The Secteur came with FSA square taper crank which was clearly lower tier and the right side pedal came loose on a ride and spoiled the crank arm threads and so the crank had to go. Of all my riding years, I have never had a pedal come loose and I suspect the thread on that crank was either undersized or on the soft side. I didn't like the crank anyway so I wasn't plussed by it. Picked up a new Shimano 105 compact crank at Chain Reaction Cycling in the UK...best price on the web with Ultegra BB and it is outstanding as all Shimano cranks are. Even though I am a big Campy UT crank fan, to me Shimano makes the best cranks in the industry for a threaded BB because of their left arm pinch bolt design and robust BB's. Btw, I will soon be mounting Campy 10s on my Secteur and run with this Shimano 105 crank for the simple reason I don't like Shimano shifters...no other reason. New Tiagra shifts fine but when you ride a road bike your hands spend most of the time on the hoods...I ride a lot in the drops as well...and if you don't like the feel of the shifters then mount the shifters/groupset one prefers.

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I would pick up a used Campy Chorus crank on ebay rather than a new FSA. I have an FSA crank that I use with Campy and it's fine but it comes with a powermeter. I had another FSA crank with a wired SRM and had problems with it loosening even when torqued properly. I ended up finally getting it to work using a couple different types of loctite. It took a while. Never had a problem with a Campy crank.
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I have an r700 in 170mm I'm trying to unload. That would be mixing Shimano and Campy though...
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