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FSA Superlight vs. Team Issue Carbon(5 posts)

FSA Superlight vs. Team Issue CarbonBergMann
Aug 30, 2003 10:10 AM
Has anyone out there ridden the (510g) FSA Superlight Carbon crankset?

How does the stiffness compare to the regular (580g) Team Issue crank?

I weigh 165, and am building up a dream bike that I hope to build up in the 15-16 lb. range (around a 58 cm frame), so I am interested in the weight savings as long as the Superlights don't have any known reliability probs. and aren't too flexy.

While the reviews here on RBR for the Team Issue cranks raved about their stiffness, there was unfortunatly no separate listing for the Superlight.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has put in some miles on the Superlights.
re: FSA Superlight vs. Team Issue Carbontirider
Aug 30, 2003 11:01 AM
I'd call FSA directly with that question. They are in Woodinville, WA and the phone number is 425-488-8653.
distrust corporate spin ... anyone w/ first-hand experience?BergMann
Aug 30, 2003 11:26 AM
If no one out there has actually ridden the cranks I just might have to call FSA directly. They *might* be willing/able to quantify the stiffness issue, but I highly doubt they'll level with me regarding whether the cranks have had problems in the past.
distrust corporate spin ... anyone w/ first-hand experience?tirider
Aug 30, 2003 5:29 PM
I understand your thoughts concerning this, however I must say I found the folks there refreshingly frank concerning a bottom bracket purchase I made recently. I was buying a crankset direct from them and also wanted the Platinum Pro Ti BB ($100). They suggested I go the Platinum version ($40) due to it's better bearing design and reliability, unless I was completely hooked on saving 50 or so grams. Perhaps I talked to the one honest person there that day.
FWIW: FSA claims Superlight is lighter & stiffer!BergMann
Sep 2, 2003 10:28 PM
Just talked to the people at FSA, who claimed that the design used to make the Superlight crank lighter also resulted in a stiffer crank vis-a-vis the Team Issue!

Sounds too good to be true, but I guess I'll just have to get a pair and see for myself.
The Team Issue is supposed to be more stout than 2003 Dura-Ace, and as long as the Superlights meet or beat Dura Ace performance, I'll be a happy camper.