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Why the bad rap on FSA cranksets?

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Old 01-19-08, 02:55 PM
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Why the bad rap on FSA cranksets?

I see them bashed frequently around here. They look pretty sexy, do they really perform that poorly?
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Old 01-19-08, 02:56 PM
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I've had mine for 1000 miles give or take, no problems at all. FSA team issue, i think... the ones with the removable spider.
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shimano cranks and campagnolo cranks work better with their respective drive trains.

additionally, bot shimano and campagnolo are easier on the eye.
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The crankset on my Cdale TT bike is an FSA manufactured carbon unit. Works fine. Looks great.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
additionally, bot shimano and campagnolo are easier on the eye.
IMO, my FSA Sl-k crank looks way better than any shimano crankset ive seen.
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Originally Posted by joecool2727 View Post
IMO, my FSA Sl-k crank looks way better than any shimano crankset ive seen.
The 07 shimano's (ultegra and dura ace) are very sexy, but as far as carbon goes i like FSA more than anything i've seen i'd say. The red accents would work well on my bike (and the FSA stem i suppose...)
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I have the FSA Carbon crankset with ceramic bearings. Just as smooth as my Dura Ace, which means it's not true that Dura Ace works better. Where do these people dream up this stuff?? Also they look way better than D/A!!

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Originally Posted by botto View Post
additionally, bot shimano and campagnolo are easier on the eye.
While I agree with you, this is an opinion, correct? There was a time when I was smitten with the bulky black carbon w/ striping of the FSA cranks.

Tastes evolve.


Ahh... it's the internet. You're right. Shimano and Campy cranks are much easier on the eye. Fact.
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Originally Posted by joecool2727 View Post
IMO, my FSA Sl-k crank looks way better than any shimano crankset ive seen.
bully for you.
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Originally Posted by CyLowe97 View Post
While I agree with you, this is an opinion, correct? There was a time when I was smitten with the bulky black carbon w/ striping of the FSA cranks.

Tastes evolve.


Ahh... it's the internet. You're right. Shimano and Campy cranks are much easier on the eye. Fact.
correct. an informed one at that.
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Originally Posted by WHOOOSSHHH... View Post
I have the FSA Carbon crankset with ceramic bearings. Just as smooth as my Dura Ace, which means it's not true that Dura Ace works better. where do these people dream up this stuff??
the same place where people dream up such things as "USMC RULES"?

*edit* you put shimano on a pinarello? that is just wrong, which is not an opinion, it is a fact.
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I know my Ultegra compact (50-34) shifts just a bit more smoothly than the FSA set I had. But I wouldn't bash FSA.
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I haven't had any issues with mine other than the dustcap thing coming off the left side. Shimano didn't have a compact at the time and I actually prefer the looks.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
the same place where people dream up such things as "USMC RULES"?

*edit* you put shimano on a pinarello? that is just wrong, which is not an opinion, it is a fact.
What if the Pinarello is made in Taiwan?
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
shimano cranks and campagnolo cranks work better with their respective drive trains.
That's a characteristic of the chainrings, and not the cranks.

Don't know if you can put Shimano chainrings on an FSA crank, though. Never tried.
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What if the Pinarello is made in Taiwan?
doesn't matter.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
That's a characteristic of the chainrings, and not the cranks.

Don't know if you can put Shimano chainrings on an FSA crank, though. Never tried.
considering the fact that you can put fsa rings on a shimano crank, i would assume that wouldn't be a problem.
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doesn't matter.
So is this the real why Rabobank had to abandon the Tour in 2007? The Shimano on Colnago Shame?
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So is this the real why Rabobank had to abandon the Tour in 2007? The Shimano on Colnago Shame?
shimano on colnago is fine.
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I don't know about Shimano on Pinarello but it would definitely be blasphemy on a Colnago.
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Taking notes here....

How about Campy on a Trek? Would the bike implode or what?
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Originally Posted by CyLowe97 View Post
Taking notes here....

How about Campy on a Trek? Would the bike implode or what?
Refer to post #3 in this thread: http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=380574
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I think the bad rap comes from those who didn't install their crankarms correctly, with enough torque on the bolts that hold it on.

It's really easy for FSA cranks to loosen and just fall off, or wreck the crankarm's grooves.
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Taking notes here....

How about Campy on a Trek? Would the bike implode or what?
Oh. My. God.

I've just been sick.
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Originally Posted by labman View Post
Refer to post #3 in this thread: http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=380574
Yeah, but everyone here already knows botto is full of the merde. I can't take that post seriously.
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