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SOC15: FSA Teases New Dual Pivot K-Force Brake, Vision adds Tri Max Aero Brakes, Carbon SI Aerobars, Updates Metron TT Crank

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Vision tri max aero carbon si metron tt brakes (19)

With all of the excitement around road disc brakes, you’d almost forget that the majority of road bikes are still running traditional rim brakes. If you find yourself in that majority, FSA is working on a new version of their K-Force rim brake that has been updated to accept all of the new, wider rims. Still using a traditional center mount, the K-Force moves to a completely new construction that’s meant to be more versatile, powerful, and lower profile…

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Utilizing a box section construction, the caliper should be lightweight but still rigid enough for powerful braking. The quick release has been relocated to the center of the brake for improved aerodynamics. Currently in production, we’ll have more details on these later.

fullspeedahead.com

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Speaking of aerodynamic brakes, Vision was showing their new TriMax Aero brake caliper which looks like a great option for any tri bikes where the brakes are exposed. Using extensive CFD testing to validate the aerodynamics of the calipers, Vision also found that the design resulted in one of the stiffest calipers that they had tested. Built with a 40-50mm reach, the brakes will sell for $160 a pair.

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Not brand new, but on the newer end of the spectrum is the accompanying TriMax Carbon Si R-Bend aero bar. The main goal of the new design was to increase the range of adjustment in both height and width of the arm pads which has been accomplished with 12 positions in the arm rests with 47mm of width adjustment and 80+mm of stack height adjustment. The arm rests are designed so that as you get wider, the pads rotate inwards to always create a proper angle towards the extensions.

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On the subject of aerodynamics, the Vision Metron TT 386 crankset is getting a major overhaul with a wild new full carbon shell. Compared to the original below, the new Metron is meant to be more slippery while still being available in 53/39, 54/42, 55/42, and 58/42t combinations. Details including weight and pricing are still to come.

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We’re told this new Metron Stem was developed with newly sponsored Mark Cavendish so we may be seeing this on his race bike sometime soon.

visiontechusa.com

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Tim
Tim
7 years ago

K-Force? Will they have a nicer version called K-Red?

pmurf
pmurf
7 years ago

@Tim If I’m not mistaken, K-Force has actually been around longer than any of Sram’s road gruppos. I think…

I’m not crazy about the aesthetics of that caliper.

Morgan
Morgan
7 years ago

Extensive CFD on that aero caliper but they still left the cable hanging out on the side? Fail.

mateo
mateo
7 years ago

@pmurf – Not sure exactly how long K-Force has been around, but at least since 2004/5.

@morgan – would you prefer this one?

https://bikerumor.com/2014/09/11/ib14-new-aero-road-direct-mount-brakes-and-triathlon-hydration-system-from-fsa/

Rico
Rico
7 years ago

Are they gonna show the groupset before Giro or wait til TdF?

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
7 years ago

My guess is that caliper is a good 30-50% better in the tunnel. Of course, a crappy brake, vs the best center mount brake(omega with perfectly centered cable) only gives you 6 seconds in a 40k. I still think it looks cool and if it works as advertised, I’d be willing to buy it if its not too heavy…especially at $160 for a pair

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
7 years ago

These will be ebay gold in a few years when nobody is using rim brakes anymore.

|Rory
|Rory
7 years ago

Still developing rim brakes – might as well release some new 26″ wheels while your there…

sideburnz
sideburnz
7 years ago

Were the pedal inserts in that Metron crank falling out yet? Heeeyooo!

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