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TPE16: FSA Continues with WideR Afterburners, extraLight bars and stems, plus Vision’s Metron 5D bar/stem and hydration system

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If you want your wheels to be noticed, at this point they had better be wide. After launching the Afterburner wheel line in 2014/15, FSA’s aluminum MTB wheelset is getting a wider, sorry WideR, upgrade…

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Compared to the 21mm internal width of the originals, the asymmetric WideR rims come in at 27mm internally with a depth of 25mm. Using a hookless bead system, the wheels are tubeless compatible and will be offered in 27.5 or 29″ models. Sold with either Shimano 9-11 or SRAM XD free hubs, claimed weight is listed as 1,640/1,720g.

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A big chunk of this huge wave of new product comes in the form of stems for MTB. Meant for XC/Trail riding the line includes wider face plates, a 50/60mm drop stem, and even a -12º drop stem for getting that bar as low as possible.

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Road bikes will benefit from the new extraLight bars and K-Force Light Stem. Offered in a compact or ergo bend, the bars have a 150mm drop, 80mm reach, and 2 degree outward bend. With claimed weights of 169/170g (40c), the bars will include tags with verified weights for each individual bar. FSA admits the K-Force Light stem isn’t the lightest, but it’s a great options for those that want the most stiffness or the look of carbon in a 140g package.

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To go completely integrated, step into the new Metron 5D bar/stem from Vision. The one piece carbon system includes full internal cable routing plus storage under the stem for Shimano Di2 junction boxes as well as a removable Garmin mount. The bars are shaped with a 5mm offset to the drop and include an integrated spacer system with 10 and 20mm sizes with standard or custom fits.

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Triathlon hydration isn’t something you typically associate with design awards, but that’s exactly what landed Vision a d&i award. That’s due to near universal fit, integrated Garmin or universal accessory mount, easy fill bottle, magnetic bento box for easy cleaning, and an articulating straw. The system is even compatible with standard bottles and cages if that’s more your speed.

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Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
6 years ago

Ok, on the FSA wheels it says “hookless”, the photo of the rim bead definitely looks hookless, but all the placards show a schematic with bead hooks. So, what’s the real story?

Bonk Bike
Bonk Bike
6 years ago

The real story is its an OEM brand that is barely good at following and no idea how to lead. They do not truly understand their market so they miss simple things like placards. Nothing cutting edge here. Sorry, aero drink holder apparently is. Also what’s the deal between their gravity and fsa brand? Is it one and the same or different?

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
6 years ago
Reply to  Bonk Bike

Really? One of the most popular aerobars on the market, one of the only aero cranks left. BB386 that fits in nearly everything. They also make a lot of other brands stuff, maybe for companies YOU think are innovative

Mick
Mick
6 years ago
Reply to  Veganpotter

correction: “was” one of the most popular aerobars brands on the market…predominately due to its aggressive OEM spec on brands like Cervelo, Cannondale, QR and alike for the better part of a decade. . Has been the #1 aerobar brand spec to be removed from bikes in the last decade. Their aerobars are completely off trend and their market share currently reflects that. They are a smart company and i would expect that to change at some point.

Bonk Bike
Bonk Bike
6 years ago

You mean the 386 system Chris Cocalis/BH, had fsa develop for them? It was not their idea, it was his. Like you said, they make a lot of other brands products per their specifications – OEM, not innovative. Didn’t say they could not produce good products. They follow after the path is paved. No big deal, it is what it is. I have a few fsa parts on my bike because they are super cheap on ebay. How many dealers have fsa in their shops these days? A long time ago every shop had cockpit since they pushed compact so hard. Again not their idea. Great for OE but not an aftermarket brand. Hey I like your website: http://www.theveganpotter.com/

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