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Carbon Fiber cranks, are they worth it ??(6 posts)

Carbon Fiber cranks, are they worth it ??Proboscis
Feb 19, 2002 4:43 PM
considering that I can get a complete Dura Ace crankset for $175, are the carbon fiber cranks worth the extra expense? I am around 165lbs, and 158 at peak competition weight. Would I notice much difference in performance? It seems that most of the Pro's still use the Dura Ace. Is it still a matter of proven reliability over fluff? Thanks for any personal experience advise.
They can be incredibly stiff.Leisure
Feb 19, 2002 7:45 PM
I wouldn't say it's proven reliability or even measurable performance. I mean, how do you go about making cranks much more reliable than Dura-Ace? Even so, I will almost certainly be getting the FSA carbons for my road bike eventually. I'll mate it with FSA's new ultralight Ti BB in the ISIS format. Sure, it's mostly going to be aesthetic (between feeling stiff and looking nice), but that's enough for me. The question is whether or not you feel like coughing up the dough. I can't for a while since I'm saving up for another mtb.
re: Carbon Fiber cranks, are they worth it ??RollinFast
Feb 19, 2002 8:00 PM
Carbon fiber doesn't have the fatigue element like alloy does. Not likely that you will break an alloy crank, but it has happened. Thery are stiffer and lighter. Worth the money? If you like people to ooo and awe then worth it. They look really cool. Are you going to tell a difference? I felt a minor difference, but not enough to describe.
re: Carbon Fiber cranks, are they worth it ??Elefantino
Feb 19, 2002 8:58 PM
After reading all the negatives about CarbonLORD, and reading the review that says it's basically not that much different than a Dura-Ace Hollowtech crank, I'd go Dura-Ace. Carbon looks cool. Dura-Ace IS cool.

FWIW,
Mike
Two pair hereTroyboy
Feb 19, 2002 10:12 PM
I love them. FSA. I've seen them for $260. Weight savings if I remember correctly when I weighed them vs. DA, were about 40 grams before the bolts were added in, thus, about 140 grams. Had a pair for a Campy rig too before I bought my full Ergo group. Sold them for $210 plus shipping. I recommend them and wouldn't be averse to going with Carbonlord either.
NO- DA = lighter stronger, cheaper, much better ringsstr8dum1
Feb 20, 2002 11:05 AM
unless you get the Pro Team full carbon spider with DA rings, its not worth it.

the carbon armed/ al spider model is heavier than the DA, rings are not as nice and is more money. True you could use the new ISIS BB that is lighter than the DA. But why pay over $150 more to save 60g.

esp if you race, you gear is going to get scratched and abused. I would buy the team pro cranks if i was a fred and just toured. That why Pros dont use chi chi parts. They actually ride bikes. Just look at your cranks now.