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Which crankset would you recommend

Old 07-07-05, 11:05 AM
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Which crankset would you recommend

I'm looking to get a set of compact cranks instead of my current triple and I would like your opinion on which you would choose.
I'm looking at the Ritchy wcs and the FSA gossamer mega exo. They are both about the same price when you include a bb for the ritchey. Not sure what they weight or the pro's and cons of each is. Does anyone have an opinion?
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I've got the Gossamer Mega Exo, and I like it a lot (haven't had it too long though). There are several others with the same setup and there are also some with the Ritchey cranks. I liked the Gossamer due to the Mega Exo bottom bracket. I'd read in a few places that some users felt the compact cranks were "flexy", and the larger/stiffer bb would help with that. Just my .02 though, you'll get many other opinions too....
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I got the FSA energy compact and looked at the two cranks you got listed. Both have positive points. I am 170 lbs and the energy is not "flexy" and I would think that exo bb would be even stiffer, but I don't think it is something I would pick up on.

Why the move from triple to double compact?
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I have the Ritchey WCS on one of my bikes and they're great - no complaints or problems of any kind. Very smooth pedaling with my DA bottom bracket. The 50 tooth big ring makes taking smaller hills a breeze without shifting to the small ring. And of course, larger and longer hills are well taken with the 34 tooth small ring. However, since I have no experience with the FSA Gossamer I can't make a comparison.
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FWIW, I bought a Ritchey WCS and had my LBS install it with an Ultegra BB. I could not run it in a 53X17 - 53X21 (cassette is 12-25) without scrubbing the front derailleur. The LBS tried to resolve it and gave up. I used Sheldon Brown's testing and from that determined the spider was bent on the new crank.

I emailed Ritchey and a couple of weeks later they replied asking that I return it for them to look at it. By this time, I'd monkeyed with trying to bend the spider to make it work. It does work better, but still not as well as I think it should.

It's very possible that I can still return it to Ritchey for a replacement. But I bought a new bike in the interim and this crankset is on the older bike and I'm not yet motivated to pursue this.

I've read excellent reviews of the Ritchey WCS and it's about as light as any alloy crank out there.
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I'm switching because I rarely use either end of the spectrum on my gears. I should end up with something that shifts better is a little lighter and have gearing that fits my riding style better. If I get the Ritchey does anyone have any thoughts on the difference between a 105 bb and ultegra or DA bb. Thanks
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Originally Posted by weak
I'm switching because I rarely use either end of the spectrum on my gears. I should end up with something that shifts better is a little lighter and have gearing that fits my riding style better. If I get the Ritchey does anyone have any thoughts on the difference between a 105 bb and ultegra or DA bb. Thanks
I used the DA when I switched to the Ritchey WCS compact because I already had one that I wasn't using. The Ultegra is a great BB, but a little heavier. The 105 is good a well, but is somewhat heavier than the Ultegra. So it really boils down to weight versus dollars as to which one you choose. Since the Ritchey is light weight, you may want to enhance that by using a lighter BB as well.
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I was trying to make the same choice a couple of months ago. I was going to buy a Ritchey, but couldn't find one in stock for delivery as soon as I needed it (before I left on a trip.) So, I looked around and found a Gossamer with their MegaExo bottom bracket -- for less money than the Ritchey WCS

I'm *really* happy with the Gossamer. The bottom bracket is reputed to be very strong and the cranks are stiff. No shifting issues at all with my 105 front derailleur. It works great. I rode mountains in Colorado nthat i never could've gotten over without it! I say go with the FSA Gossamer.
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Originally Posted by weak
I'm looking to get a set of compact cranks instead of my current triple and I would like your opinion on which you would choose.
I'm looking at the Ritchy wcs and the FSA gossamer mega exo. They are both about the same price when you include a bb for the ritchey. Not sure what they weight or the pro's and cons of each is. Does anyone have an opinion?
If you have to buy a new BB too might as well get the Gossamer Mega-Exo, I can't think of any reasons why you shouldn't.

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Originally Posted by weak
I'm switching because I rarely use either end of the spectrum on my gears. I should end up with something that shifts better is a little lighter and have gearing that fits my riding style better. If I get the Ritchey does anyone have any thoughts on the difference between a 105 bb and ultegra or DA bb. Thanks
smart move. I also had a problem with the spider on my fsa energy as it was a bit bent. No probelm. Set it back and got a new one w/o any issues and got it in a week or two. 53-11's call on the b/b is also smart.
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The DA BB is not sealed so unless you have a mechanic, or want to be repacking your BB all the time, go for the Ultegra BB.

Buuut... I would get the FSA because of the Mega-Exo. I have a Truvativ Rouluer Carbon with the External BB design and Its really still and easy to maintain. Un-bolt the self extracting crank bolt, tap out the spindle, and there you go, your crank and half the BB is taken apart ready for regreasing (if you need to.
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Originally Posted by nitropowered
The DA BB is not sealed so unless you have a mechanic, or want to be repacking your BB all the time, go for the Ultegra BB.
You are talking about DA octalink 109.5 BB vs Ultegra octalink BB right?
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Thats correct.
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Well I have a few hundred miles on my Ritchey and I honestly feel that matched up to a 12-27 cassette as I have it that it is the perfect gearing for me. Judging by today I can climb anything I need to climb even when totally exausted (I got lost on my ride today and it wound up being 51 miles rather than 35 and had about 1500 ft more climbing than planned...oops ). I can run all but the smallest 2 cogs on the back when in the small ring with no rub on the big ring and I can run all but the 3 biggest cogs in the back before I run into more cross chaining than I would like. I went I got mine for $125.99 and Performance let me use a 20% off coupon even though they were price matching and I got an Ultegra BB for $32 from my LBS so as you said about the same cost as the FSA MegaEXO. The Ritchey is SUPER stiff as I noted in a thread I posted last week. Shifting has been easy, no need for the compact specific FD. I would vote for the Ritchey only because I have it...I am sure the FSA is a nice unit too.
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