Shimano 105-FC 5700 Crankset $199.95
Hardly a compromise.
The prices of road bike components can, at times, be a bit daunting. A pair of crankarms that will run you a couple car payments or a month's mortgage may not fit into the budget or slide past the spouse unnoticed. That's why there's Shimano 105. Make no mistake–this isn't budget gear. This is race-worthy equipment designed to be affordable without compromising performance. While the Shimano 105-FC 5700 Crankset tips the scales at around 100 grams more than its top-end sibling, it's also less than half the price, and it's still nowhere near what you'd call heavy.
Shimano Hollowtech hollow crank arms reduce weight while adding stiffness for more direct power transfer and greater pedaling efficiency. Hyperdrive SG-X chainrings with Dual SIS front index shifting deliver instant assertive shifts and unheard-of shifting reliability. Shimano has also increased the space between the large and small rings to reduce chain rub in the small-small gear. While we don't advocate this particular gear combo, it's nice to know that you won't have to suffer the annoyance of hearing the chain rub if you find yourself here in the heat of battle.
The Shimano 105 FC 5700 Crankset is available as standard or compact. The standard, 130mm bolt circle diameter version comes with a 39/53 combination. The compact, 110mm bolt circle diameter version comes with a 34/50 chain ring combination. Both versions of this crankset can be had with 170, 172.5, or 175mm crankarms.
Reviews & Community
Very good but not Ultegra
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I'm a bit of a tinkerer. Pulled off the OEM crank (FSA Gossamer) that was originally on my Ridley Dean RS. Replaced it with this. It's better than the FSA. But on my other bike, I put on the Ultegra crank and have to say it's head and shoulders better than the 105. Stronger, smoother, better shifting. Makes me wish I had spent the extra $ and just got the Ultegra for both bikes.
Ninja Quiet, Built to Perform
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This was an upgrade from the Shimano R565 non-series crank that came on my bike, which is essentially Tiagra level. Ultegra and Dura-Ace have both seen multiple updates (11-speed, electronic) since the 105 5700 Groupset release in 2011. With all the new tech out there prices on Shimano 105 components have started to go down.
I went with the standard 53/39T cranks. I do a lot of climbing, and no doubt I will be suffering more with the 39T small ring on the steep grades come spring. On the other hand, the 50-11 high gear on the compact is just not fast enough for me. Spinning out at 36mph simply does not cut it these days. Mid-compact, 52/36 rings, are ideal hilly terrain and high speed descents where you need the versatility of a wide gear spread. Unfortunately Shimano have not made the 105 52/36 combo available for individual sale. I am excited about having a little more top end though, and the bigger inner ring will have advantages too.
Right out of the gate I could feel that my pedal stroke was smoother and more efficient with the 105 crankset. This puppy is stiff. If you think your frame is lacking stiffness at the bottom bracket, do yourself a huge favor an upgrade that entry level crankset first, see if that doesn't change your mind. Best of all, it was ninja quiet. I did not hear any chain rubbing noise, so long as I remembered to trim when slightly cross-chaining. The matte black, almost wrinkle, finish with a gloss highlight strip makes a strong impression and should match nicely with many color schemes. Stoked.
I have a shimano 105 triple 2006 vintage...
I have a shimano 105 triple 2006 vintage and the left crankarm was bent in a fall. Is it possible to buy only a replacement arm.