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Old 12-06-06, 10:12 AM
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FSA Pro Road Chainrings

I am looking to put a 50 tooth FSA Pro Road Chainring (130 BCD) to replace the Ultegra 53 tooth that came on my crankset. I am very happy with the way the Ultegra System shifts, even shifting while pedaling going up hills. I am wondering about the quality of the FSA chainring and how it will shift on my Ultegra system. My guess is it will be just as good. But it is just a guess.
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In my experience FSA chainrings shift fine with shimano 10 speed. It would probably shift better (once derailleur height is adjusted) because of the smaller gap between the 2 rings.

I gotta ask though why you would do this? If the 53's took big, switch to a larger cog, or drop to the small chain ring. I can't imagine your going to get that much more in the way of useable ratios.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
I gotta ask though why you would do this? If the 53's took big, switch to a larger cog, or drop to the small chain ring. I can't imagine your going to get that much more in the way of usable ratios.
Good question. I am a bit of a masher and I ride about 90% of the time in the large ring even pushing myself up moderate hills here on Long Island, NY. I only use the small front ring for the steeper hills. I don't know if it is a macho thing or just stupidity, probably the later. But I am comfortable most of the time riding this way. However too often I an cross chaining with my 25 in the rear. I figure the smaller front chainring will mostly eliminate the cross chaining (if that is what it is called) and give me the opportunity to do a few more hills in the large ring.
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Do the math, a change from 53 to 50 would be like changing your rear cog from 25 to 26.5 or from 17 to 18. It really won't make that much of a difference (less than one gear) to your cross chaining.
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probably better off getting a 12-27 cassette. Last two gears are 24 and 27.

Or you could put a 42 on the inner ring and downshift.
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Originally Posted by shider
Do the math, a change from 53 to 50 would be like changing your rear cog from 25 to 26.5 or from 17 to 18. It really won't make that much of a difference (less than one gear) to your cross chaining.
Yeah but it gives me a chance to spend some money.

I was considering a compact set up. I was close to getting the Shimano R700 crank since I am happy with the system and wouldn't have to change the BB. A lot of people get the compact to help on hills rather than get a triple. When I thought about it for me the main reason was to give me more range in the larger ring where I like to ride. Whether it makes sense or not to most people. So I figured for the $35 or so it cost me on ebay it was a good compromise.
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Well I received an FSA 50 tooth Pro Chaining Friday and used it on a 50 mile club ride. It had a different look but quality wise very comparable to the Ultegra ring it replaced. It seemed to have similar tooth design and pins in similar places. I was concerned I would have to adjust the front derailleur as I was confused about to exactly do it. Fortunately it shifted smoothly between the two rings. As far as performance there was only the slightest difference in how the gears shifted overall with a tiny edge to the Ultegra. However I was happy as I had no trouble shifting to a larger gear in the rear under load going up a hill. That was my main concern. The smaller front chainring suits my riding style perfectly. I am due a tuneup in the Spring so those very small differences may disappear. So for $30 I have half a compact crankset.
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Originally Posted by geraldatwork
I am looking to put a 50 tooth FSA Pro Road Chainring (130 BCD) to replace the Ultegra 53 tooth that came on my crankset. I am very happy with the way the Ultegra System shifts, even shifting while pedaling going up hills. I am wondering about the quality of the FSA chainring and how it will shift on my Ultegra system. My guess is it will be just as good. But it is just a guess.
I upgraded to an FSA Carbon Pro Team crank last fall and initially had problems. Mainly minor grinding noises and the drivetrain just felt rough. I thought the chainline was off and put a spacer in the bb but that did not solve the problems. I took my bike to the lbs and they weren't much help. Finally, I had a friend look it over and he changed the chain and cassette from SRAM back to Ultegra and now, everything is noise free and smooth. You should be fine as long as everything else is Ultegra.
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