FSA Gimondi chainset, £79.95, www.windwave.com
With the trend for retro-styled bike building showing no signs of wavering, FSA has released this classic-looking 48T chainset. Named after Felice Gimondi – one of only five riders to have won all three ‘Grand Tours’ — the others being Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Alberto Contador — it will add cool to any revamped singlespeed or fixie.
It comes in three crankarm lengths (165/170/175mm) and we opted for the shortest length due to ‘clearance issues’ on our old frame. These polished aluminium crankarms are mated to a silver anodised alloy chainring (3/32 chain compatible) and finished with black anodised bolts — all told it weighs a very impressive 631g.
The chainset needs to be paired with an appropriate square-tapered bottom bracket; we opted for a 68mm FSA model, but similar units are available at most bike shops for about 20 quid. With the appropriate tools fitting takes just a few minutes, but otherwise any shop can do the job.
We used the chainset in combination with 18T rear cogs on a flip-flop hub, which is perhaps the best combination for London’s streets and hills.
In use the chainset helps revitalise the overall ride, proving stiff under continual pedalling, a million miles better that the 30-year-old unit it replaced. The combo of new chainset and bottom bracket worked solidly together, eliminating the graunchiness of before. Powering over the City cobbles you could almost imagine you were Gimondi himself steaming to victory in the Paris-Roubaix. JK
PROS superb value, styling
CONS one chainring size only