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FSA Gruppo?

Old 10-05-06, 04:50 AM
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FSA Gruppo?

I swear I read on cyclingnews a while back that FSA was planning on coming out with a full group set in the next year or two....

Does anyone else remember this, and if so, do you have any details?

I'd be nice to know I'm not bonkers.
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You're not thinking of SRAM, are you?
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You're not thinking of SRAM, are you?
Nope, I swear I read about this in one of their tech updates.. because I began to think "ok, how the hell will they shift now?"
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I believe you're right, but I can't say for certain. However, that does sound very familiar...
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Cyclingnews - April, '06

FSA to introduce complete road and MTB drivetrains

It has long been speculated that FSA would develop a complete drivetrain, including shifters and derailleurs, but details have been few and far between with little other than rumor and hearsay to go on. However, FSA’s Ric Hjertberg offered Cyclingnews some rare information on what lies in store.

FSA will not only offer a complete 10-speed road drivetrain, but also a 9-speed off-road one as well. The road kit will include FSA’s own integrated shift/brake levers of an as-yet undisclosed configuration, rear derailleur, dual-pivot brake calipers, chain, as well as the front derailleur, crankset, and bottom bracket components that they already offer. Newly-devloped mountain bike components will include front and rear derailleurs, shifters, and chain.

Hjertberg did not offer up much in the way of details, but he did mention that the road brakes will resemble those from Mavic (and now SRAM) with an integrated reinforcing strut. FSA’s new chain design is said to be a “reinvention” of sorts, to the point where FSA will likely have to look outside the typical collection of bicycle chain manufacturers in order to get it produced.

The new drivetrains are a truly international collaboration that involves engineers and designers from five different countries. The development crew comprises a hand-selected group and Hjertberg likens the process to putting something on the big screen. “This group was put together specifically to work on this project," said Hjertberg, "but like a film production, these people may never work together in this arrangement again.”

Details on the new kit would obviously be nice, but at the very least, word that there will now be a fourth road component option and a third mountain bike option is certainly exciting news and we will report more as soon as information becomes available.
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Well two levels of brakes are being shown on their site.
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bah, as if I don't already have enough to choose from, thankfully I'm currently in love with Campy. Hopefully I wont' feel the need for an affair.
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bah, as if I don't already have enough to choose from, thankfully I'm currently in love with Campy. Hopefully I wont' feel the need for an affair.
Amen!!
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Given the spotty performance of their cranks I fear and loathe a gruppo.
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How can they really get better than the Dura-Ace's, Record's, and Rival's? 15-speed , carbon belt driven, computerized shifting, made of carbon nanotubes?
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How can they really get better than the Dura-Ace's, Record's, and Rival's? 15-speed , carbon belt driven, computerized shifting, made of carbon nanotubes?
That's what I keep thinking about SRAM's stuff. Where's the incentive to move away from a proven performer?
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