The big news from FSA at Sea Otter earlier this year came in the form of wider wheels and a new “gravel” range. Called AGX, the line up borrows a lot of tech from their previous mountain bike components in order to offer a range of light weight components which are fully offroad certified for those times you get sendy on your drop bar rig.
Shown in three tiers, the AGX line will sit alongside the new WideR mountain bike wheels of the same level. The top end is the usual K-Force AGX with 25mm deep carbon rims and 6 bolt PRA hubs.
The SL-K AGX wheels add a few grams for a bit less money, but at least by the specs you’re largely getting a very similar wheel.
And the line is rounded out by the AGX alloy wheelset with the same 21.5mm wide, 25mm deep rim profile. Note that all of the AGX models are available in either 700c or 650b for all of your gravel needs.
New since Sea otter is the FSA K-Wing AGX carbon bar which blends a riser flat top, ergo positioning, and flared drops.
Directly underneath the K-Wing AGX is the new Direct Mount Rim Brake which uses a dual pivot design and is compatible with modern frames. The brake has a claimed weight of 192g, and is compatible with all mounting positions.
Elsewhere in their cockpit line, FSA showed us an early sample of a new stem that would be compatible with both 1 1/8″ and 1 1/4″ steerers. This isn’t a new concept, but it does make their stems more versatile, and it should also make them more carbon friendly since it eliminates any “windows” in the stem clamp that could cause stress risers in the steerer.
As usual, FSA’s product updates are as sprawling as their catalog, and that includes updates to their PowerBox power meter cranks. In addition to a new super compact version and stealth black colors ways, you’ll also find they now include R/L power balance and bluetooth connectivity.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the WE Wireless drivetrain for Tri and TT bikes, but the system is definitely closer to production. Using the same derailleurs and system “brain” as the road and disc brake versions, the Tri group includes shifters for both the brake levers and the aero bar extensions. Each shifter has two buttons, and appear to all be wired to a small junction box that will be hidden in the stem. From there, the system is wireless back to the derailleurs continuing FSA’s wired/wireless hybrid set up. No word on final availability just yet.