FSA SL-K Light EVO 386 Crankset - Road Bike Shop
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FSA SL-K Light EVO 386 Crankset
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The cycling industry's canned reaction to introductions of new standards--especially those of the bottom bracket variety, are usually met with a mix of head-scratching and a heavy dose of skepticism. The EVO 386 from FSA was no different, but a closer inspection reveals a carefully engineered answer to alleviate some of the more nitpicky issues found with the BB30 platform. The FSA SL-K Light EVO 386 Crankset connects you to FSA's new 386 BB standard, while delivering prime stiffness and drivetrain power transfer--both hallmarks of the SL-K Light series. Among the benefits of BB386 is the larger diameter, and its stiffer spindle. At 30mm, it's the same diameter as a BB30 spindle. The big difference between them is that the BB386 spindle is longer to allow its use in a bottom bracket shell width of 86mm. In allowing for greater shell widths, frame manufacturers have more leeway in creating stiffer and more durable drivetrain platforms. With this crank spindle, FSA uses a low speed extrusion to form the 7075 alloy spindle before they machine it to its final shape. It is co-molded into the 5-arm spider on the drive side arm. The composite spider is hollow to save precious extra grams, as are the crankarms. FSA molds a transverse rib into each hollow crankarm. It's an exacting process, but worth it since it increases the torsional rigidity -- you'll appreciate the rock-solid feel when you stomp on the pedals. The FSA SL-K Light EVO 386 crankset differs from its K-Force Light only in that of aesthetics, and bearing fitment. The K-Force Light is fitted with FSA's silky smooth ceramic bearings, while this SL-K Light comes with standard steel cartridge bearings--certainly no slouch in their own right, however. In terms of weight, roughly 30 grams separate the two cranksets, and the slightly heavier SL-K Light has more subtle FSA branding on the arms. The unidirectional carbon on the SL-K crank gives it a silky appearance, in contrast to the woven outer layer on the K-F...