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Well...took the compact crank plunge....

Old 02-23-06, 02:26 PM
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Well...took the compact crank plunge....

I was on the Excel Sports webpage, as I wanted to order up a Thomson Masterpiece seatpost for the 5200 (I need a post with 0 degree setback), and well, whaddaya know......they're having a closeout sale on FSA cranksets. So, I decided to relieve them of one of their 170mm Carbon Pro compact cranksets for only $177. Also picked up the FSA Platinum Pro Ti bottom bracket to complete the set. And yep....still got the Thomson Masterpiece as well.

I hope this package gets here before the girlfriend gets home from work....

I have mixed feelings about it right now though.....I mean, I KNOW I will need it for the upcoming brevet series and the BMB (along with at least a 12-27 rear cassette), but I kinda like my Ultegra crankset as well.

Ah well, time for a ride.
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Not to hijack, but yeah, thinking of taking the plunge too, but thinking of going with the Nashbar knockoff compact double. Says it'll work with my ISIS bb. Anyone used / using the Nashbar 50/34? Good? Bad? Hell, I know it's ugly...
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For the prices, you should check out www.excelsports.com and look at the FSA closeout deals they have going on.....I had my heart set on the K-Force MegaExo compact, but for like $200 less (including the cost of the FSA BB I bought), I picked up the Carbon Pro. They have cheaper ones as well....
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Originally Posted by Contra Fixie
Not to hijack, but yeah, thinking of taking the plunge too, but thinking of going with the Nashbar knockoff compact double. Says it'll work with my ISIS bb. Anyone used / using the Nashbar 50/34? Good? Bad? Hell, I know it's ugly...
I did try it for a very short period. I had too much 'play' wobble in my set, so I sent it back. But thinking back I now believe it was a BB problem, not so much the crankset.
I now have 2 FSA Gossamer compacts running on FSA TI Pro BBs and they are as steady as any cranks I've ridden. I think a good BB with the nashbar compact cranks would have been okay also. And its not that ugly
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Originally Posted by Contra Fixie
Not to hijack, but yeah, thinking of taking the plunge too, but thinking of going with the Nashbar knockoff compact double. Says it'll work with my ISIS bb. Anyone used / using the Nashbar 50/34? Good? Bad? Hell, I know it's ugly...

fsa gossomer is the best bang for the buck...its a crank with bb and some one here on BF will have a link for a good deal. The nashbar is not bad and it works...I put it on a bike for a friend who just wanted a cheap way to get some low gears...it works but he uses friction downtube shifters...
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The FSA pro Elite is a very nice little crank. I got the exact same one in 170mm for my wifes bike, with a Centaur 12-25 cassette. She loves it, and there are few hills she can't climb.

The 12-27 with a 50/34 CT will be a hill climbing animal.
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Originally Posted by ggg300
fsa gossomer is the best bang for the buck...its a crank with bb and some one here on BF will have a link for a good deal. The nashbar is not bad and it works...I put it on a bike for a friend who just wanted a cheap way to get some low gears...it works but he uses friction downtube shifters...

$179 including bottom bracket
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=CR4089 153.99....you can still find it @ 20 bucks less if you know where to look...another crank at a good price if it is ur size but no bb with it...http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=19619
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I took the leap at Excelsports on a FSA Gossamer Compact With Mega BB just today. I'm adding it to 8-speed STI. I didn't order the FSA compact front derailleur. I wonder if I should have. I have a clamp-on Dura-Ace FD now so I can lower it pretty easily. Hopefully it will arrive in time to have it installed and get in one weekend of riding before the Solvang ride.
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Originally Posted by ggg300
http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=CR4089 153.99....you can still find it @ 20 bucks less if you know where to look...another crank at a good price if it is ur size but no bb with it...http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=19619
Not too bad.....I paid $277 for the Carbon Pro crankset w/ a Platinum Pro Ti BB; just that crankset alone at AE is $280. So yeah....there are good deals all around.
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I can't believe you didn't buy that at your LBS.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
I can't believe you didn't buy that at your LBS.
I would if they carried FSA
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
I would if they carried FSA
Likely excuse. psst it was a joke
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper
Likely excuse. psst it was a joke
Yeah....it's ok, I was kinda joking too (I didn't check with my LBS to see if they had it )...
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Originally Posted by Dial_tone
I took the leap at Excelsports on a FSA Gossamer Compact With Mega BB just today. I'm adding it to 8-speed STI. I didn't order the FSA compact front derailleur. I wonder if I should have. I have a clamp-on Dura-Ace FD now so I can lower it pretty easily. Hopefully it will arrive in time to have it installed and get in one weekend of riding before the Solvang ride.

your good....your FD will work just fine....lower it a bit and tune it as you should...go to park tools site...let us know what you think....


hay GW that is a killer deal you got!!! What is the grams on your set up... that crank and bb combo sounds light and stiff...
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FYI....Shimano now makes a compact crank, it is "Ultegra quality" but not carbon obviously.
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which makes it ALL the MORE desirable. Crabon Cranks, Crytsal Cranks, same thing...

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FYI....Shimano now makes a compact crank, it is "Ultegra quality" but not carbon obviously.
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Originally Posted by ggg300
your good....your FD will work just fine....lower it a bit and tune it as you should...go to park tools site...let us know what you think....


hay GW that is a killer deal you got!!! What is the grams on your set up... that crank and bb combo sounds light and stiff...
Should be around 700 grams for the crankset and bottom bracket....going by FSA's weights.
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Originally Posted by DigitalRJH
FYI....Shimano now makes a compact crank, it is "Ultegra quality" but not carbon obviously.
The Shimano compact setup weights about 185 more grams than the FSA crank and bottom bracket I just bought....not huge, but ya know.....100 grams here, 100 grams there....starts adding up.
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
Should be around 700 grams for the crankset and bottom bracket....going by FSA's weights.
I have a FSA SLK compact crankset w/ BB and it comes in at 840 grams (comfirmed on my Alpine digital scale). Even the advertised weight of the K-FORCE COMPACT MEGAEXO is 780 grams. Where do you get 700 grams from?
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Originally Posted by 1955
I have a FSA SLK compact crankset w/ BB and it comes in at 840 grams (comfirmed on my Alpine digital scale). Even the advertised weight of the K-FORCE COMPACT MEGAEXO is 780 grams. Where do you get 700 grams from?
Crankset:

# FeaturesPatented Carbon composite crank arms
# One-piece carbon spider
# Precision CNC machined 7075/T6 chainrings, ramped and pinned for perfect shifting
# ISIS Spline Mounting Pattern
# 9/10 speed compatability
# 34-50 chainring size
# 110mm bolt circle diameter
# 7075 Torx T-30 alloy chainring bolts
# Weight - 521 grams
# Requires an FSA ISIS Bottom Bracket

Bottom Bracket:

# High quality bottom bracket for use with ISIS Cranksets from FSA.CNC'd hollow 6/4 Ti Spindle
# Cold Forged Alloy Cups
# 7075/T6 alloy crank bolts included
# Intergrated oversize ball bearing design
# Anti-creek sleeve
# Select English or Italian
# Weight: 187 grams
# Use with Full Speed Ahead ISIS Crankset

Now....as I stated before, I am going off the advertised weight of what FSA states. It could be heavier, it could be the same. If it weighs 740 grams instead of 708 grams, I'm not going to lose sleep over it.
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
The Shimano compact setup weights about 185 more grams than the FSA crank and bottom bracket I just bought....not huge, but ya know.....100 grams here, 100 grams there....starts adding up.
Agreed. The one thing I do like about the Shimano Ultegra and Dura Ace cranks is they are some of the stiffest out there, and you can really torque 'em.
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Aw what the ****.....not that I'm complaining about fast shipping or anything, but my gf opens the door and says "you have another package"....

I can't believe it got here so fast.
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looks nice post pic when you get it together
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