The new FSA Adventure Cranks take their full line of crank arms and pair them with Super Compact road chainrings for the gravel and touring crowd. Choose from 32/48 or 30/46 combos, the idea was to let you keep the standard road cassette and derailleurs but provide massive range for climbing those sketchy dirt access roads. Meaning, there’s only one part to change, not half your drivetrain. They’ll be available across the range from K-Force down to Vero. Top three use direct mount chainrings, others use a four- or five bolt spider. All use the BB386EVO spindle, which will work with all major BB standards by using various bottom brackets to match your frame…and FSA makes all necessary BB variants.
Reducing the tooth counts on the large chainring along with the small (instead of keeping it at 50 teeth like on standard compacts) let them maintain the same spacing between chainrings and full front derailleur compatibility.
The top level option will be K-Force Light (572g), which gets their hollow carbon arms with lightweight CNC machined chainrings. These new modular crank arms are a departure from the standard 4-bolt carbon versions used with their regular chainrings. The design was introduced on their mountain bike cranks last April.
The SL-K Adventure Cranks also use a hollow carbon arm and get 7075 CNC’d chainrings. These will retain for $399 / €379 and weigh in at a claimed 617g.
The Energy Modular Adventure crankset (755g) is the last to use the direct mount chainring setup, using hollow forged arms with similarly shaped but slightly less refined CNC’d chainrings than the SL-K. Below it, the Gossamer Adventure Cranks, which are shown here with 50/36 rings because not all of them are available just yet, starts the transition to 110BCD 4-bolt chainrings.
On left is the Gossamer crankset, also shown with a 50/36 for now. On the right is the Tempo Adventure crankset, with a street price under $100 and made for 9-speed setups. Not shown, the Vero Pro sits above the Tempo model and works with 9/10/11 speeds. All others are optimized for 10/11 speed drivetrains. Full specs and pricing for everything but the SL-K model will come a little later. All of them are compatible with their WE electronic shifting group.
The PowerBox cranksets, however, should be shipping in February and come in both carbon fiber and alloy arm options. We covered the tech detail when they were announced at Eurobike last fall. The short of it is this: They’ve paired a custom Power2Max power meter with their own arms and chainrings. They’ll also have 1x and 2x mountain bike power meter cranksets available.