FSA Carbon Pro Compact (50/34)

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eddd
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by eddd

Fairly new to the road and have been ridding a Shimano Ultegra triple (rings 30/42/52 cassette 12-27). I would like to know peoples opinion of the FSA Compact Crank. I am looking to keep about the same range of gears I presently have but reduce weight and improve quality. Is there any reason to switch the rings that come with the crank? Who makes cassettes with a large range and which do people recommend. Anything else that would be pertinent will be appreciated.

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mises
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by mises

If you want about the same gearing range you should keep the triple. The high gear is no problem with a 50x11 but to match the low end you are going to need about a 30 low which would create very wide gaps on the cassette which kind of defeats the purpose of the compact crank design.

drew
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by drew

Hit the gym all winter so you can ride 53/39 and a 11-19 cassette. WAAY lighter :D

Just kidding, the compact is not nearly as useful as a triple. Do you really need all those gears though. Seriously think about it

Joel
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by Joel

With an 12-26/11-25 cassette you can ride everywhere.

drew
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by drew

Joel wrote:With an 12-26/11-25 cassette you can ride everywhere.


Thats not really true is it? if you are 200lbs > and not fit a 39x25T aint gonna cut it is it?

Joel
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by Joel

I meant 34*25/26, so it's like 39*29/30; when you're well trained you you can use this everywhere except for Angliru, Zoncolan,...

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