Eurobike: Full Speed Ahead in 2010

New 'cross brakes and refinements

Full Speed Ahead (FSA) add a new set of cyclo-cross brakes to their lineup just in time for the mudslinging to begin (and yes, they're supposedly available in stores right now), in addition to refining their SL-K line of stems and seatposts, plus two-ring mountain cranks.

The new SL-K cantilevers sport a popular wide-profile architecture for extra mud clearance, triangulated aluminium arms and single-bolt pad mounting (albeit with mountain bike-style cartridge holders, not road ones) for easy setup.

Adjustments are plentiful on the new brake, including independent spring tension and a built-in barrel adjuster on one arm to account for pad wear. The separate straddle carrier will allow for more fine-tuning than one-piece straddle assemblies, too. Claimed weight for the SL-K cantilever is a reasonable 180g per wheel.

FSA's SL-K line in general has adopted a more cohesive look for 2010, with all included componentry now boasting a bigger and bolder graphics package. 

The fsa sl-k stem will be offered in this trick anodised finish.:

Carbon SL-K components all share the same chopped carbon fibre cosmetic layer, and the new SL-K stem will be offered in an optional sleek grey anodised finish we first spotted back at this year's Giro d'Italia.

Two-bolt SL-K seatposts get FSA's 'Minimal Top Clamp' head, which uses two separate upper clamps instead of last year's bigger and heavier single unit. Two-bolt K-Force posts will get the MTC treatment as well. 

FSA's new '386' dedicated two-ring mountain bike cranksets feature a new three-bolt 86mm bcd chainring mounting pattern.:

Crankset-wise, FSA continue to champion the BB30 system with 13 different models now in the stable. Also coming for the 2010 season are the new 386 two-ring mountain bike cranks with FSA's new three-bolt 86mm BCD chainring standard, to be offered in both BB30 and MegaExo configurations. 

FSA has revised its chainring range for smoother shifts - and full compatibility with campagnolo 11-spd cranksets.:

Chainrings have been updated as well with new spacings that allow FSA (and other 130mm and 110mm BCD) cranksets to work with Campagnolo's 11-speed drivetrains.

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James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
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