Eurobike: Full Speed Ahead in 2010
By James Huang, technical editor | Friday, September 11, 2009 11.46pm
Just in time for 'cross season is a new set of SL-K cantilevers with wide-profile arms. James Huang
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.
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.
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.
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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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