Shimano Tiagra FC 4550 Compact Crankset

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Shimano Tiagra Compact CranksetThe Shimano FC 4550 compact crankset is a Tiagra level component aimed at recreational riders. Tiagra is one Shimano’s least expensive road groups. It comes in below 105 and above Sora.

The Tiagra 50/34 crankset is perfect for recreational and fitness riders who don’t need the weight savings of 105 or Ultegra level parts and won’t ride enough to benefit from the better durability that those more expensive cranksets offer. The great thing about this crankset is that it uses the same Hollowtech II technology found in more expensive Shimano cranksets. Hollowtech II means hollow forged crankarms which offer a lighter weight and enhanced stiffness.


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Like all Shimano cranksets, the Tiagra 4550 shifts flawlessly when paired with a full Shimano drivetrain. Shimano seems to put a priority on clean, reliable shifting over things like appearance and weight. This crankset might not be the sexiest in the price range, but if you value performance over aesthetics, you can’t go wrong with the FC 4550.

The Tiagra FC 4550 compact crankset is one of the few widely available cranksets made specifically for 9 speed drivetrains. With 10 and 11 speed drivetrains the norm, it’s becoming very difficult to find 9-speed specific drivetrain parts. The Tiagra 4550 is a perfect upgrade for an older 9-speed bike.

2 Reviews for “Shimano Tiagra FC 4550 Compact Crankset”

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  2. utah roadie says:

    I’ve always been a fan of Shimano components. My wife has Tiagra on her road bike and I’ve been impressed with the overall performance and durability. This shifting action isn’t as light or quick as Ultegra, but still pretty decent for the price. Just bought a Tiagra compact crank for my beater bike and seems to be solid so far. The price was right and it is made specifically for 9-speed drivetrains. Not sure if that’s an issue at all. A buddy of mine installed a new 105 crank with his 9 speed stuff and didn’t have any problems. The Tiagra crankset isn’t light by any stretch of the imagination, but it feels stiff and shifts smoothly with my old 105 group.

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