FSA Elite 2 piece crank

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by msummers, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. msummers

    msummers New Member

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    I noticed that the FSA caarbon pro elite is really a 2 piece crank. There is a crank arm on the drive side with a seperate carbon spider that appears to be notched to accept the crank arm. This is a pretty light set up, however, I wonder if that design is as strong and stiff as a one piece. It would seem to me that what is the advantage of a carbon crank if you give up the touted stiffness properties of the material through a 2 piece set-up. I'm trying to decide between the Mega Exo compact set up and the Elite. The Elite is definitely a 1/4 pound lighter and the ISIS BB has been improved to be consistent with Shimano. Also it's cheaper than the Mega Exo. That 2 piece crank makes me hinky about the whole affair.

    mickeymike
     
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  2. Insight Driver

    Insight Driver New Member

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    What you give up when you take the weight out is absolute strength. Now you must decide what is important to you. Basically 1/4 pound is insignificant as far as performance is concerned. As far as stiffness is concerned there is no difference in a properly assembled two piece crank and a one-piece crank. Between the two cranks the lighter one is about as stiff. You don't get something for nothing, something to keep in mind.
     
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