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FSA Team Issue cranks(16 posts)

FSA Team Issue cranksmaddog17
Aug 11, 2002 6:09 AM
anybody have these cranks? if so, do you like them? and any suggestions on which bottom bracket to get, I know that the crank has the Isis system. does shimano make one in the Dura Ace group? thanks all for your help.
re: FSA Team Issue cranksgray8110
Aug 11, 2002 10:35 AM
I don't have the cranks, but FSA does make a Shimano Octalink compatible team issue crank meaning you can use a standard Dura Ace or Ultegra BB.

re: FSA Team Issue cranksIAmtnbikr
Aug 11, 2002 10:39 AM
I have nothing but good things to say regarding the crankset. Mine is the Octalink (Shimano splined) type, and I use the Ultegra bottom bracket. Shimano 105/Ultegra/Dura Ace road stuff all is now Octalink, they do not make an ISIS bb. I have no experience with the ISIS, but have seen some serious quality issues on the FSA ISIS bb on the MTBR website. One other suggestion is to use steel bolts to draw the crankset on with, then remove them if you are a weight-weenie and install the FSA alloy ones. The fit on the Octalink bb was snug to say the least, and I did not feel comfortable using the FSA bolts for the installation. Shifting performance is excellent, and weight is a big plus to drop that much over the Shimano crankset.
I have the same SPD pedals. How do you like them? Will thePaul
Aug 12, 2002 3:51 AM
cleat scratch the carbon? I thought about these cranks, but wonder if the metal cleat will tear them up. I have two sets of these pdals, and have had good luck so far.
I don't see how cleats will damage the arms? As for..IAmtnbikr
Aug 12, 2002 9:18 AM
the Forte Mg Ti's I love them. I had been using Time ATAC's, as I have them on my two other (mountain and commuter) bikes, but even with ti and aluminum parts they still weighed 286 grams. It was an easy and fairly inexpensive way to drop 86 grams, and get a bit more pedal clearance. I first used SPD's when I got back into biking some time ago, then went to the Time pedals for their mud performance. But, the SPD's are fine for the road.
I was thinking if the metal cleat came in contact with thePaul
Aug 13, 2002 3:55 AM
carbon crank arm, like if you slipped geting into the pedal. I've noticed I have scratches on my crank arms due to the cleat. Carbon will scratch easily when metal hits it. I have both Shimano and Forte pedals, and still am using the same cleats from 6 years ago. That's one thing I like about SPD's, if you use the pontoons, cleats will last forever.
re: FSA Team Issue cranksAkirasho
Aug 11, 2002 2:08 PM
... I gots a set... and there's fundamentally no reason to chose these over Ultegra or Dura Ace... 'cept they look sooooooo schweeeeeeet!!!!

Mine are Shimano Octalink compatible too... and far easier to install than ZIPP's old CF cranks (got a set of those on another ride).

These cranks are a shear indulgence... go ahead... be good to yourself.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: FSA Team Issue cranksmerckx56
Aug 11, 2002 4:24 PM
if you want something that's more expensive and not as stiff as a d/a crank, then the fsa is the way to go! rode mine twice and sold 'em to a junior. not very stiff under 180 lbs while climbing or sprinting.
you're correct on one point.....IAmtnbikr
Aug 11, 2002 5:11 PM
yes, they are expensive, but the stiffness issue I disagree with you on. I kind of doubt you'll find anyone else who would say they flex. BTW I am at the 170 pound weight.....just curious as to your feeling they were flexy.....I just don't see that.
you're correct on one point.....merckx56
Aug 12, 2002 4:22 AM
rode 'em back to back with dura-ace cranks. both 175 lengths. i did the same loop. i found the dura-ace to be stiff than the fsa cranks. next day, put the fsa's back on and did 3 hours. did the same loop the following day. @3500 ft of climbing and a big sprint at the end. i just feel that they are kinda noodly and really not worth the money if you produce any kind of power!
wow, I still find that hard to believe! NMIAmtnbikr
Aug 12, 2002 9:14 AM
Aug 12, 2002 10:21 AM
it was merely my observation on an over-priced component that one really doesn't need!
nice attitude, who pissed in your Cheerios?IAmtnbikr
Aug 12, 2002 2:10 PM
yes, I was interested in your observation, save the attitude for someone else!
nice attitude, who pissed in your Cheerios?merckx56
Aug 12, 2002 5:01 PM
no one pissed in my cheerios! i just don't appreciate when doubts are voiced more than once. you found it hard to believe the first time. i gave my personal use observation and you still found it hard to believe. it's great that you like your fsa cranks and have the jack to ride high $ stuff. i just don't think they are right for me nd my style of riding.
most of the components we use are overpriced and not needed (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 13, 2002 6:22 AM
check these out..julio
Aug 12, 2002 9:48 AM
Go to:

I've seen these in person and they're super light and stiff, though they weren't installed so I couldn't really test them. They have their own special "bottom bracket" built into the arms from hollowed out titanium and they roll on ceramic bearings. Underneath the carbon weave outer layer it's all unidirectional plies. All the Ti has been machined in and out to remove any excess weight. I don't think they'll fit in a normal frame but I thought you may enjoy some more carbon to drool over. I don't think they're selling them yet and I know they'll cost way more than I'll be willing to spend.