FSA’s PowerBox power meter cranks are currently ANT+ only, which makes it difficult for iOS users to see data on apps like Strava it without a dongle. But, coming in September, there’ll be a $50 upgrade to make it transmit via Bluetooth, too. There’s also a $50 update that’ll let it send separate left and right power data via an algorithm update that estimates left leg while continuing to get exact right leg data. Both updates are software only, the hardware is already in there to make both work. Units start at $648.99 with a Gossamer level alloy arms and chainrings, up to $1,189.99 with K-Force level carbon arms and chainrings.
That’s not all they’ve updated, their room at PressCamp was full of small tweaks to road and mountain bike parts…
They’re offering a co-branded a stem-bolt mounted out-front computer mount from Topeak, which also has a slide-on camera/light mount.
New Vision Metron 55 SL wheels come in both rim and disc brake versions, both using the same rim, but with different treatments. For now, both use a 3K woven layer on the outside at the brake track, and rim brake versions will have the outer resin layer laser etched off for better brake pad friction. Eventually, disc brake models will get a cosmetic UD layer covering that, but the 3K section also offers strength improvements to counter the tire pressure pushing outward against the sidewall.
2018 FSA MOUNTAIN BIKE COMPONENT UPDATES
FSA Dropper post gets an updated cartridge with an aluminum body rather than steel, so it drops 90-100g. Look for it to get OEM spec on Devinci mountain bikes. It’s $248.99 and comes in 100mm and 125mm travel with 30.9 and 31.6 diameters. It’s got a black stanchion to match the post body, and only comes with cable actuated stealth routing.
Afterburner Wide R now comes in Boost models. It’s an asymmetrical hookless alloy rim with 27mm inside width. It uses just 24 spokes per wheel to keep weight down, but stays strong thanks to its offset rim profile. The hub has their PRA collar, which lets you adjust the bearing preload then lock it down. $628.99 for 27.5 or 29er, Boost or Standard.
SL-K is their carbon trail wheel with a 21mm internal width and also gets the Boost hub option. It, too, uses an offset rim profile and PRA feature. Price is $1,428.99 for 29er with either hub width, and $1,358.99 for 27.5 in standard, and $1,428.99 for Boost.
Hubs are available with XD or Shimano freehubs and have 54 points of engagement. Shipping now.