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On a ride today I was stopped at a stoplight when another road biker walked his Giant carbon bike across the street in front of me. I figured he had some sort of mechanical problem so asked him if I could help. He held up his right hand holding his left crank arm and said, "I don't think so." He said it snapped off at the top of a small climb near Calero reseviour (SF Bay area) about 9 miles back. It was a new FSA crank with the outboard bb set up. The axle was snapped off flush with the bb cup. I didn't see what model FSA it was and I didn't have time to talk more with him as I was late to meet my riding buddies.

The rider was a stout guy about 210 lbs. Has anyone ever heard of this happening before with FSA cranks? I was thinking of using an FSA compact crank on a new frame I'm building up but this sorta makes me wonder if I should go with the Shimano compact crank.
 

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It can happen

If you've been around long enough, you can hear about this happening with any brand. It seems there were some reports about ISIS BB axles failing a bit more, but that seems to have faded. This is not reported as a common problem for FSA.
 

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The good news is that FSA has a 10 year warranty

for defects. I'm a clydesdale and have ridden FSA cranks for years. Now have the MegaExo, and one of the reasons I went that way was the warranty (just in case). Still would suck to be caught out on a ride, but these things don't break on the workstand, do they!
 
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