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FSA Alpha Drive Crankset

2.42/5 (31 Reviews)
Weight : 721 grams MSRP : $49.99


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Alpha Drive is new for 2002 and is designed to meet the needs of mid-level enthusiasts as well as folks who just need a better shifting crankset. Available in two versions: 3 steel chainrings or 2 alloy and 1 steel chainring. The Alpha Drive offers great styling and quality at an affordable price.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by casualrider a Weekend Warrior from New York

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2011

Strengths:    Great looking crankset, adds a distinctive look to any bike, especially with black rims. quick shift between gears

Weaknesses:    Cheap alloy that flexes under any sort of load

Bottom Line:   
This crankest, other than looking amazing on a bike really serves no purpose other than looking good. with casual around town riding on my commuter mtb it works ok at best for my purpose. but as soon as any sort of strain is applied to it, being a hard takeoff at a red light to beat traffic or pedal up hill, the flex is very noticeable. Even for light riding on city roads this product has a distinctive amount of flex, in 3rd gear under heavy pedaling it will flex over 1/4 an inch on the down stroke and cause the chain to rub the derailleur for 1/2 a rotation until its going back up on the up stroke. I am half tempted to take a crankset off my walmart bike and use that for now

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano cranksets

Bike Setup:   Gt Idrive converted for city commuting

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by David Macdonald a Racer

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2010

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Poor Alloy. Heavy. Weak thread. Unusable within 3 months and 2,500 miles. Would not recommend to anyone

Bottom Line:   
Avoid

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   On to Shimano

Bike Setup:   Difficult, with a tendance to jam into the frame and ball bearings

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mikerod87 a Weekend Warrior from Hollywood, Florida

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2010

Strengths:    light

Weaknesses:    A Maleable Piece of @#$#

Bottom Line:   
This is a great crank if you don't like to mountain bike. If you are sidewalk riding. I have tried to bend this thing back several times and it sux. I cannot believe GT would put this piece of @#$% on a Force 3.0. I have bent this thing at least 3 times. Changed the rings. and chains twice in two months. Stay away if at all possible.

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Favorite Trail:   Markham

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Shimano SLX

Bike Setup:   GT Force 3.0/ This came with the bike.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by schneidie a Downhiller from Storrs, Ct

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2009

Strengths:    Weight, price

Weaknesses:    stiffness, strength

Bottom Line:   
These cranks would probably be good on an XC or maybe an all mountain bike, but steer clear of these if you ride a lot of DH. They might be a good disposable part, but nowhere as good as even a cheap Race Face DH crankset or SLX.

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Favorite Trail:   Tempest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Came on used bike

Similar Products Used:   Race Face Atlas, Race Face Ride DH, Race Face Evolve DH, Shimano SLX

Bike Setup:   Sinister R9, 888, Rockshox Vivid, SRAM x7

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by xxtruepain18xx a Downhiller from reading

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2009

Strengths:    light kinda, chaing rings bash guard

Weaknesses:    easily bent

Bottom Line:   
do not like them at all after 3 weeks they bent ar e horible bent do wn and torked. great for light riding drops and jumps is a no i weigh 130 AND these r trashed altho they have yet to snap

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Favorite Trail:   local

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came on komodo

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   Jamis Komodo 2007 2.0, 130 front travel

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Manosaur a Weekend Warrior from australia

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2008

Strengths:    good if ur into the normal trail riding and the occasional long jump

Weaknesses:    not good for anything extreme

Bottom Line:   
i bent my crank doing a 5 meter jump, need sumthing stronger.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sjpendleton a Cross Country Rider from Los Alamos, NM

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2008

Strengths:    Relatively lightweight, relatively durable

Weaknesses:    Bad Marketing

Bottom Line:   
I don't know what on earth FSA is doing marketing this as a FR/DH crank. This is clearly an XC crank, and it works quite well for that. It's plenty durable for that and is fairly lightweight at the same time. I have the acrylic bashguard and I love it (I know, strange for XC, but it works for me).

Also, there seem to be several versions out there. Some have complained about the lack of a cro-mo insert causing the stripping of the pedal threads; mine actually do have just such a cro-mo insert. I would recommend making sure they've got that, otherwise pass on them.

Bottom line, it works well for XC but don't buy this for FR/DH.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything with lots of climbing

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Deore LX, Truvativ, lots


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by the doglet from hong kong

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2008

Strengths:    stiff, light, cheap, problem free for 4 years except for natural wear and tear and a bent inner chain ring. my drivetrain was the envy of my riding buddies because it came with the bike and has been faultless for years without an upgrade.

Weaknesses:    trouser guard had to go. looked poor quality in my eyes and did not fit the image of a fearless trail king! Had to replace the bb every 6 months because it would get clicky. Went for RPM BB made by FSA. Cheap and great while they last.

Bottom Line:   
I ride exclusively in Hong Kong and the trails here are very unforgiving. This crank just kept on going...and still is. Respect. Great for skillful XCers who ride hard, even though I do say so myself.

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Favorite Trail:   any: just as long as it has me on it

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   friendly bike shop, mui wo,lantau,HK

Similar Products Used:   Upgraded to a deore lx 2008 just because it was time even though the alpha drive was still going strong. will re-use it elsewhere.

Bike Setup:   NRS G,revelation coil 85-130, gravity dropper 4",mavic x223, avid cable discs, thomson 50mm stem and EA70 monkey bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charlie H a Weekend Warrior from Minnesota

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2008

Strengths:    Strong, forged (not cast), anodized finish holds up well, poly bash guard came with it ($35.00 @ jensenusa.com), cro-mo pedal inserts

Weaknesses:    Kinda heavy

Bottom Line:   
Great crankset for the money (would have paid twice as much as I did and still thought I got a great deal)
I got the complete crankset for less then the cost of the poly. bashgaurd. I am 6'6" tall and weigh 250lbs and these cranks don't flex under my weight (unlike the Truvativ cranks)and found my bike shifts beter and faster.
To think some people spend hundreds of dollars for cranks?

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Favorite Trail:   Hill Side Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore, Alivio, and Cheap Truvativ

Bike Setup:   DiamondBack Response with Sram 9sp. x.5 drivetrain, Titec Hellbent bar, stem and grips, FSA Alpha crankset, Avid bb5 brakes

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Greg Phillips a Weekend Warrior from Australian in Indonesia

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2007

Strengths:    worked well until it busted

Weaknesses:    I busted 2 teeth off the granie chain ring and one off the middle. Product lasted 6months x 1.5 rides /week approx 50km /week is (very) approx 1200km - combination urban and very rough - rocky, muddy offroad cross country.

Bottom Line:   
Seems that nothing has changed since they first released this product. I'm a little dissappointed that Giant chose to put it on a full suspenion Anthem3 late06 model when (as noted by another reviewer) they only seem good for grannie to ride down to the shops.
Dont buy it. You can do better. If it comes with your bike, use it till it breaks.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX and XT (on other bikes)

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem3 2006/7 with SRAM chain and Diore LX derallieur (yeah what a mongrel setup)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by TJ H a Weekend Warrior from BELLEVUE,WA

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2007

Strengths:    isis

Weaknesses:    bent bad

Bottom Line:   
they bent off a 11 stairs I know that thats not whar they are made for but thats weak

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Favorite Trail:   urban

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   hussfelt

Bike Setup:   yakusa set up for urban riding

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rodney M a Weekend Warrior from Manila, Philippines

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2007

Strengths:    i dunno yet

Weaknesses:    i dunno yet

Bottom Line:   
i just got this crankset today, i got the one with the dual rings and clear bashguard.(looks great!) it came off a 2007 jamis komodo 1.0. i havent installed it yet.

im just wondering,what kind of bottom bracket is this? its like a thin version of isis. what do u call this kind of bb? can i buy a new one if ever i wreck it?

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Favorite Trail:   Maarat San Mateo Rizal

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $50.00

Similar Products Used:   truvative

Bike Setup:   freeride

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alan a Downhiller from Mexico City

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2006

Strengths:    They look cool with the bashguard
Bashguard is pretty sturdy
They dont flex much under my weight (110lbs)


Weaknesses:    Chainrings bend easily under heavy abuse
I ruined the pedal thread on one side (may have been rider error)


Bottom Line:   
These cranks are not very suited to riding which involves heavy abuse of the bike. I am very light and Ive bent the chainrings a couple of times.
I dont think that they suck. Actually, I think that they would be very good cranks for a xc/am bike on a budget.

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Favorite Trail:   SNT

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Truvativ Isoflow, Truvativ Firex

Bike Setup:   Ironhorse Yakuza Chimpira

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mindaugas Shutavichius a Weekend Warrior from Vilnius, Lithuania

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2006

Strengths:    You think I will write "cheap" yes? Well NO! They are not worth even that amount of money. They are quite light though

Weaknesses:    they are total crap. dont buy them. They have bent after few not very rough rides. What kind of metal is that? Probably crapmetal

Bottom Line:   
dont buy them. Make a wooden crancks yourselves, they will be better than these..

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Favorite Trail:   padvalas

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   gerasdviratis

Similar Products Used:   truvativs (hussefelt crancks are better but still crap, because their inserts are falling out quite soon), some cheap shimano's

Bike Setup:   dj3, alex, fsa, quando..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Nasium a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Aus

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2005

Strengths:    light, cheap, havent had any problem with them so far

Weaknesses:    ... None yet

Bottom Line:   
For the first six months i used these cranks i ran them with the two smaller chain rings and the FSA bac plate. I found this worked really well and even though my chain was falling off the chain rings did not bend. I do heavy freeriding and light downhill and i have had no troubles so far. After getting the chian guide and new bash plate the performance has risen even more. Now i am not losing chains and the cranks are doing a great job

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Favorite Trail:   oxford falls

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came stock

Bike Setup:   VERY custom 2004 haro escape 8.2 Used with chain guide, and e13 bash plate

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