FSA V Drive crankset review£162.32

Average but well made performer

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This mid-price crank is a good looker that delivers decent if not outstanding performance for the price. For the extra £55 over FSA's Moto crankset, you get a broader arm profile, cold-forged in stronger 7050 alloy.

The scooped back of the arms drops 30g compared to the Moto, stiffness is increased and you get a shinier final finish too. 

The same Pro chainrings as the more expensive Afterburner mean impressive rigidity and durability when you wind the power up. Laser-etched recessed centre fixing bolts look sweet and T30 chainring bolts give anti-strip security. 

The matching Torx key and a handy plastic bottom bracket (BB) cup installer are included as well. Careful installation is vital to stop squeezed bearings, though, and even then BB life is only average, as is weight for the cost.

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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