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Crankset help - FSA? Truvativ? What do people know?

Old 10-08-12, 09:04 PM
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Crankset help - FSA? Truvativ? What do people know?

So I was looking on BD for my first road bike. Yes, I know it might not be the best idea because I might have trouble assembling. Yes, I know some people find their frames questionable/low end. Yes, I know a good relationship with my LBS is important. Yes, I know the frames are made in Taiwan. Yes, I have extensively checked my local craigslist. Yes, there are no medium end road bikes for the price I can afford available. Yes, I know they put secret mind control chemicals in the drinking water.

Anyway, I'm looking at some road bikes for <1000$ and I found a few I like. Most have Ultegra 10speed groupos, or SRAM Apex which I've heard is on the same level as the 105's, which is a step down kinda sorta? But the thing is, the SRAM APEX bike, the Windsor Falkrirk comes with a Apex crank, as opposed to the Ultegras that come with FSA Gossamer and Truvativ.

I had never heard of FSA Gossamer crankset until now, which just shows how much of a cycling neophyte I am. Googleing them I read some forum posts that said the FSA Gossamers are noisy/need to be replaced/horrible/deargodpleasesomeonegetthemoffmybike and I couldn't find much on the Truvativ. So either I suck at searching or their isn't much, both of which are good reasons to ask you guys.

If any of you own one of these bikes, I'd be glad to hear any thoughts. I live in a pretty hill area and I'm planning on going long distances, a century in a few months if I'm in good shape. I'm young so there's gonna be a lot of torque (or at least I'd like to thing so) I don't have a lot of money and this is my transportation, so I need it to last for at least a year or two.

Here are the bikes I'm looking at:
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...e/sprint_x.htm Truvativ Elita Triple 52/39/30T Integrated / Truvativ GXP External BB
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...pro20_blue.htm FSA Gossamer Aluminum arms, 50/34T (110BCD) FSA MegaEXO External Bearing Sealed BB8000/6000
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...strada_xii.htm SRAM Apex Double 50/34T Integrated / GXP Team External Sealed Bearing BB
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...rk_xi_apex.htm SRAM Apex Black Polished Aluminum 50/34T Chainring/ SRAM External Sealed Bearing
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...rvus_al_xi.htm FSA Gossamer MegaEXO Triple 52/39/30T, 130BCD / FSA Mega EXO external bearing
https://bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/knight_x.htm TruVativ Elita GXP GigaXpipe 30/39/52T - Special Black Finish/ TruVativ GXP integrated external bearing

EDIT: TL : DR What do people know about the FSA Gossamer Aluminum arms, FSA Gossamer MegaEXO Triple, TruVativ Elita GXP GigaXpipe, and the Truvativ Elita Triple Integrated?

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Truvativ is SRAM's mountain line although the parts are interchangeable.

GXP is SRAM's bottom bracket for your standard english threaded BB.

I would really spend a ton less time worrying about what crank you're getting on your bargain bike and go ride the hell out of it until you need to replace the group (note: gruppo is an Italian word generally applied to Campy parts, not Japanese bits).

Everything that you've listed will last at least 2 years with proper care, don't sweat it.
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Thanks. But what about the FSA Gossamers? I've read terrible things, like awful things that happen right away. I think I'd prefer to get the Ultegras but if the crankset breaks/warps easily, it's not worth it.
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Can you find an equivalent bike with 5700 shifters? I like those better than the 6700 shifters. They feel exactly the same, but the shift cable on the 6700 shifters makes a sharp bend as it turns to the shift mechanism as it comes from the bars. I and at least one other cyclists I know have had problems with the right shift cable fraying inside the 6700 shifter body right at that bend. The cable bend inside the 5700 shifter has a much larger radius.

Take the money you save and get a better crankset. If you want a compact, try and find a Shimano FC-R700 crankset. It was sold outside the normal 105/Ultegra/Dura Ace lineup, but it was billed as Ultegra/Dura Ace quality. You can still find them here and there on eBay and online bike shops.
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I have a Gossamer on my Lynskey. Not a like of trouble yet. Yes, I'll upgrade it, when it wears out or the lawyer for my rich aunt in Zimbabwe (who I never met or heard of) sends me her life savings. That should be any day now!
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You are not likely to overpower the crankset.
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I had the FSA SLK on my bike and put over 4000 miles on it with no problem. Switched it out because I wanted to get a compact for the NC mountains. You should have no problem with it.
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Originally Posted by johono
Thanks. But what about the FSA Gossamers? I've read terrible things, like awful things that happen right away. I think I'd prefer to get the Ultegras but if the crankset breaks/warps easily, it's not worth it.
They aren't as stiff as an Ultegra, nor will have as quick of shifting.

But it shouldn't explode. Good beginner bike crankset. I got about 8k out of the Gossamer on my Fuji before I got tired of it's fickleness and switched out stuff to have a pure Shimano drivetrain.
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The FSA Gossamer crankset or a Truvativ crankset are fine. They are both heavy and low end, but you will be fine with either.
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a few seasons back a guy on the CSC team, by the name of Fabian Cancellara, rode a Gossamer Crankset for a whole season.
a few seasons back ANdy Schleck also rode the Gossamer.
don;t know about the recent weight comparos, but the Gossamer has been a fairly light weight crankset, a bit lighter than the Ultegra...
Ultegra cranks are very, very nice and well worth the dosh. Gossamer is not quite as finely finished but is sure a very servicebale unit.
I have both Ultegra and Gossamer and have run each well over 10K miles in the recent seasons - never had a probem with either...
The shimano BB does last a bit longer... it has over 15K miles and continues on without issue. Recently I replaced the FSA BB on the Gossamer at 13K - but the crank is still solid and the rings are true and show very little wear.
They both shift very well. Never really think about either much when I'm ridin - they just work.
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I have the bb30 style gossamer crank. I have found it to be kinda noisy. What I mean is that it creaks while riding. I have cleaned and lubed it and still find some creaking. Its nothing major but I notice it. I don't in anyway feel that it may break or that its not solid and I have full confidence in it. Now that all being said it may be the bb30 setup more so than the gossamer crank. I have read here on bikeforums that a lot of people have problems with the bb30 being noisy. That being said you might be look into the bb(Bottom Bracket) if you think the creaking might bug you.
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You probably won't be able to tell the difference between any of those cranks.
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