Sampson’s new 11-speed cassette will be available in an 11-23, 11-25 and 11-28, with more coming soon. Price is $150, making it a great training or budget option for Shimano’s new Dura-Ace. Sampson says he hasn’t tested with Campy’s chain yet, and it’s only available in a Shimano/SRAM freehub body.

As usual, Eric had more than just one trick up his sleeves, and his FS pedals set a new standard in adjustability and are likely to become a fitter’s best friend. Check them out and more after the break…




The Stratics FS (full spectrum) is a new pedal that’s adjustable in three planes. They offer 11mm of fore/aft adjustment on the pedal. Add the cleat’s adjustment range and you have around 20mm of movement. The spindle is extended length and uses 1mm washers (red) to push the pedal up to 10mm out from the crank arm.


The cleat’s platform bolts to the spindle body with four screws that can put any combination of 1mm washers to change the angle of the foot. They’ll offer longer bolts with up to a half-inch of spacers to accommodate riders with leg length discrepancies.

They’re also working on a measurement based fitting system (as opposed to subjective) that can help get the rider’s foot in exactly the right position, as we’ll as the rest of your body. Available in May, price will be about $239.

There’s also a new light action Stratics pedal that clips in super easy but still holds the shoe securely in place. I was able to easily clip the shoe in by hand without holding the cranks steady, which says a lot about how easy the pedal entry is on these.


New 35mm OS handlebar and stem use a 35mm diameter at the clamp, then flatten to a large ergonomic perch.


The bar and stem together weigh in at a competitive 358g.


New hollow carbon cranks claim to be super stiff thanks to box section construction. Shifting should be crisp, too, thanks to deep chainring profiles. Crank and BB are $699 with a 24mm spindle. A BB30 version will come soon. Weight is around 710g with compact 50/34 rings and bottom bracket.


  1. Antsonline on

    Would the cassette be designed to work only on the ‘new standard’ 11spd freehub bodies, or is able to be fitted to an ‘old school’ 10spd freehub body. Sorry if this seems a dumb question….

  2. Pancakes on


    I was wondering the same thing. Seems like it would need the width if it’s for Shimano 11, but maybe they figured something out.

  3. ericm on

    The cassette lockring, spacers and blue plastic carrier look like IRD pieces. As do the cogs themselves. IRD make a great array of cassettes but they’re not always the best shifting.

  4. Bog on

    That crank looks a whole lot like the never-hit-production Shimano Dura Ace carbon crank. It isn’t exactly the same but definitely modeled after it.

  5. Zach on

    @ericm How do you figure IRD makes a great array of cassettes if their shifting is not always that great? I’d rather have good shifting on a Tiagra cassette instead of some over price paper weight that looks cool.

  6. Dave on

    Why, oh why, does every cassette maker insist on starting with an 11T cog? How many riders can make any reasonable use of it, even with a compact crank, and they sacrifice the 16T cog with any wider range version.

    Campy at least offers a 12×29 in their 11-speed but most of the others swwm compelled to uase the nearly useless 11T .

  7. Podi-ummmmz on

    I rock a 11-28 shimano cassette with 46/36 (cyclocross) rings. i hit 46/11 on the road too much. makes me want a 48t ring, but then i loose some versatility off-road. i think the 11 is useful for a mixed use bike like my road-cross setup.

  8. Matt on

    Those pedals look fantastic. Would be fantastic to have the stance width and stack height/angle set in the pedals. That would ave a huge faff when switching cleats.

    Speaking of which… What cleats does it use? Are they proprietary (if so, hiw much float?), or are they Keos?


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