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FSA V-Drive Megaexo Crankset

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Product Description

-Integrated MegaExo BB
-Cold forged aluminum crank arms
-Monocoque crankarm/spider
-Precision 100% CNC machined 7075/T6 chainrings
-AL7075 Torx T-30 alloy chainring bolts
-MegaExo oversize external cartridge bearings
-Oversize splined integrated chromoly BB Axle
-MegaExo alloy bearing cups
-Ø24mm spindle
-Length - L170mm or 175mm
-Q-Factor - 169mm
-104/64mm bolt circle diameter
-Chainrings - 44/32/22T
-Chainline - 48mm


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TexPete

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2012

Strengths:    Strong chainrings, easy to install, pinch interface doesn't loosen

Weaknesses:    BB could be much better, pinch bolts prone to weld to crankarm

Bottom Line:   
This crankset is fairly stiff considering the plastic shims in the bottom bracket. One pinch bold head (not the threads) became welded to the non-drive crank arm and required a dip in hot alum water to burn out the bolt (yikes!). The bolts were installed with medium threadloc to prevent corrosion welding. The seals and bearings on the bottom bracket aren't that great and let in dirt and water fairly easily. Replaced the blued steel pinch bolts with stainless bolts. The bearings themselves are poorly sealed, the non-drive side cartridge bearing seal was missing a 10mm section of 'lip' on the seal that looked like a manufacturing defect. The cartridge bearings can be replaced, but are a size that isn't very common. The cranks stay pretty solid without loosening much on the non-drive arm. The chainrings seem pretty solid, and will outlast the BB bearings several times over. Will most likely buy Race Face crankarms and transfer the chainrings to it.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by natestar a Cross Country Rider from Omaha, NE

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2008

Strengths:    Stiff, responsive and very low maintence

Weaknesses:    No major issues

Bottom Line:   
I am very pleased with the crank. Once installed it is very low maintence. I bent the second chain ring right after I purchased it. I'm not sure how this happened, but it was bent bad in two places. Easy repair but hassle none the less.

After that no problems!

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Favorite Trail:   Platte River SP

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   na

Bike Setup:   turner 5 spot with Fox Talas RLC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dave a Cross Country Rider from earth

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2008

Strengths:    light, shifting,value

Weaknesses:    press in BB would be heavenly

Bottom Line:   
I just purchased a 2nd one the 2005 model at a great price, really debated about buying the new xt as it is a very good crank too however I have had such good luck with the FSA and at 40 buck less a good deal, chainrings are more durable than shimano.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   cbo

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, race face.

Bike Setup:   will have on both bikes an Ibex hardtail and a Heckler.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Durango, CO

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2007

Strengths:    stiff, light, good rings, look good. bought because of the reviews (topped shimano's by far) off of MTBR.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
the reviews are right. i had to get something b/c the race face evolves that came with the bike were coming apart...just as all the reviewers on here were talking about. good price for a great product!

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Favorite Trail:   telegraph

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   shimano xt, lx. race face evolve exo (garbage), turbine lp (sweet)

Bike Setup:   surly karate monkey 29er single. avid juicy 7, rock shox reba race, easton carbon post, hope pro II hubs, fleegle bar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dave from boise

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2007

Strengths:    performance,quality, price

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
this is the only crank I have ever owned that will downshift under load, did not realize what crap shimano and raceface were until I bought this crank, I know how to tune a drivetrain....real good lookin too.great value because they are heavily discounted especially the 2005 model.race face better than shimano only because the rings last alot longer.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $179.00

Purchased At:   cbo

Similar Products Used:   shimano, raceface

Bike Setup:   2005 heckler,xt rear derailur front too, wipperman mid range price chain,delta aztec shift cables.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Fehman a Cross Country Rider from Fort Wayne, In.

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2006

Strengths:    BB design, easy to install

Weaknesses:    None noticed

Bottom Line:   
For the price you can't beat these cranks. The intergrated BB is such a better design then the cartridge bb design.

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Favorite Trail:   The Red Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   smartbike

Similar Products Used:   Tru Vadiv, strong arm

Bike Setup:   Specialized M4 hardtail

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mr Earwig a Cross Country Rider from United Kingdom

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff cranks, tough chain rings, no chain suck, rings last a long time with good shifting. Paid about 100 UK pounds

Weaknesses:    Bottom bracket bearings, alloy cups. The cups are very easy to damage with the tool at the high torques required for fitting. The bearings last about 500-600 miles before they start creaking and developing play. After 1000+ miles they are finished.

Bottom Line:   
A very nice stiff crank, lovely chain rings but the bearing quality is absolute gash. Wades told me straight out that there was no way in hell that I would get the product sorted under warranty (as I installed myself) and I didn't want to be without my bike for weeks while trying. Windwave (UK distributor) said they probaly would have. In the end I bought 2 new cartridge bearings of superior quality for £20 from Binson Bearings Leeds and put it all back together. Since then no worries. Would not bother with any FSA bb again. OK for headsets but bearings in bb not up to job. Avoid unless you like a creak like a speed freak in a very old wooden rocking chair! P.S for those who think any home mechs are idiots, I am trained in light engineering and work on my own car, bike and scuba gear no problems.

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Favorite Trail:   slug trails

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   wades cycles

Similar Products Used:   XT square taper.

Bike Setup:   Trek 8500, Formula oro puro, some other bits

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Scott a Racer from New Orleans Area

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2006

Strengths:    Customer Service. Not too heavy. Strong arms.

Weaknesses:    Can't seem to take a beating like others.

Bottom Line:   
I want to state first that customer service was the best. I emailed and then a day later phoned just in case. Brian returned my call and email asking for my address to handle the bottom bracket issue. You can't beat that! I would buy FSA again just for that reason. Regarding the product...the (crankset) hasn't held up like a previous one. In all fairness I race and, at the moment, train on the same trail bike so the bike and its parts take some hits. First, the big ring bent when connecting with a log and my mechanic straightened it out, and since have had no problems. Second, the bearings have worn prematurely. Maybe you could say water from the trail or washing the bike entered and that was the result but I'm very conscious about taking care of my ride. The last crankset, although heavier, took a great deal longer for the bearings to wear. Hopefully, the new bracket will last longer.

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Favorite Trail:   Devil's Backbone

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $155.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   Truvativ

Bike Setup:   '04 Specialized Epic. Higher end SRAM componentry, Mavic Crossland wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gonzalo a Cross Country Rider from Buenos Aires

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2006

Strengths:    Never let me down

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I´ve been using them since I got my last bike, and I got to say, it´s nice.
The bottom Bracket is so good, but I think I´ll try the new Ceramic one for a change...


FSA BB is superior to shimano...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   they came with my bike

Similar Products Used:   Truvativ.


Bike Setup:   Merida Matts Lite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian from Westers Massachusetts

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff, external bottom bracket, extreemly well made chain rings, they shift great, look cool...

Weaknesses:    finish scratches of kind of easy... pretty common with cranks. This is not so much a product weakness as it is a need for revision of the instructions.. the instructions say use grease on the threads of the crank adjustment bolt, when infact they reccomend loctite. If grease is used the bolt will losen.

Bottom Line:   
These cranks are very strong, and very good quality for the money.. the chainrings are better made than much more expensive cranks. the bottom bracket is also very well made as well. Top notch product, and I am very happy with them. 5 chillies for value, and quality

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $149.00

Purchased At:   smartbikeparts.com

Similar Products Used:   suntour shimano XT

Bike Setup:   Vanilla rlc forks Vanilla r rear shock, avid BB7 brakes XT hubs

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jay a Racer from Pine City,N.Y.

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2006

Strengths:    These carnks are in fact stiff. They are my first external bearing cranks.

Weaknesses:    Weight,1 season out of my bottom bracket(1000 miles or so)End cap stripped(fsa replaced for free)

Bottom Line:   
They are a great stiff outboard bearing crank. 1000 miles and the rings look great but the bottom bracket did not hold up. Price point is great at $149 compared to $300 for others. Alittle heavy for a xc race bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $149.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   04 Specialized epic comp with upgrades.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Victor Komma a Weekend Warrior from Tokyo

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2006

Strengths:    Very stiff, good power transfer great workmanship overall.

Weaknesses:    So far none.

Bottom Line:   
I wanted to give FSA a go after being a Shimano crankset rider for 10 years. Dropped the XT 2004 Hollowtech II crankset out, put in the FSA and bingo, initial impression feels stiffer and smoother, same frame and bike spec. Cranking up hills I can really feel the difference. I suspect the bearings are better quality. Identical bearing design to XT. Cannot comment on the chainrings, I use my own but they look very well made. Overall, using XT 2004 cranks as the benchmark, a notch above and the Hollowtechs will now be put in storage.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $145.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT Hollowtech II, Hollowtech I, Truvative Stylo GXP.

Bike Setup:   Giant MCM Team carbon, Sram X-7 shifters / der, rigid fork, 1.00 slicks, urban assault spec, XT discs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Oviedo

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff isn't a strong enough word to describe these cranks. No flex whatsoever, and that is from a 200lb rider. You can feel the quality of the bearings and cups in your hands, and so much more on the bike. Spins freely unlike the Bontrager garbage that cane with the bike. I wish Trek would have opted to put these on as original equipment. No more traditional bottom bracket and cranks for me.

Weaknesses:    Too soon to say. Aluminum inner chain ring might be a concern.

Bottom Line:   
Get these cheap from eBay. Came very quick from bikemech13. For $150 with shipping, this is a much better crank and botttom bracket than the new Shimano offerings at $200+. Make sure you have the Shimano or Park tool for the Shimano outboard bearings or you will be making a visit to the bike shop in the middle of the install. Would recommend this crank to everyone.

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Favorite Trail:   DuPont Epic

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   eBay-bikemech13

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager, Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   Fuel 98, RS Sid, XT/XTR, Easton CF handlebars (what can I say, I love crbon fiber).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd Clevenger a Weekend Warrior from Pensacola Fl. USA

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2005

Strengths:    Silky smooth, good looks, easy install, solid

Weaknesses:    Replacement bearing cups dont seem to be as readily available as some other brands.

Bottom Line:   
Had to change spacer configuration a couple of times to get chainline straight but no big deal. The outboard bearing design seems to be the best for durability and strength.

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Favorite Trail:   wantz way

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   Mongoose wing,Avid mech disc and cheap stuff that came with it.Next upgrade will probably be Marzocchi marathon forks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt Fehman a Weekend Warrior from Fort Wayne, In.

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2005

Strengths:    Very easy to install and un-install. Smooth as butter and very very rigid

Weaknesses:    none detected yet

Bottom Line:   
This new BB design rocks! It is a snap to install and they spin like nobodys business. The bearings are huge and with the increased span in-between the bearings the crankset becomes incredably rigid. This BB and crank design really gets the power to the ground when you stand on the pedals. With out a doubt I will go with the externial BB design for my road bike next spring.

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Favorite Trail:   FC

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Smartbikeparts.com

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Specialized M4 HT

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