FSA Moto crankset review£79.99

A good looker for the money

BikeRadar score3.5/5

FSA have done a great job of making this budget crank look more expensive than it is. Performance is less outstanding though.

The shiny anodised finish certainly stands out in this price range, although those good looks won’t last long if you’re an ankle scuffer. 

The cold-forged and heat-treated 6061 aluminium arms and fixed steel axle are stiff enough to stomp power through without noticeable warp, and the crankset is reasonably light.

Unfortunately, the stamped alloy middle chainring doesn’t last long in gritty conditions and FSA bottom brackets rely on accurate installation and crank tightening not to squeeze the bearings and unduly shorten life.

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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