FSA Gap crankset review£129.99

Credit crunch cranks

BikeRadar score3/5

FSA’s Gap is an old warhorse in crank terms and the latest developments definitely put it out to pasture in performance terms.

It’s certainly a beefy beast, with broad arms and steel inserts in the tips to lock your pedals into. Double row Mega Exo Quad bearings give it a broad footing in the frame. A full range of 165, 170 and 175mm arms lengths and 68/73mm or 83mm axle lengths are available.

Despite massive weight (1,330g –100g more than FSA claim) it’s only got an average rating in terms of strength from long-term users though. Then again, the price is cheaper than average so it’s a potential credit crunch option.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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