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Interbike 2016 Part 3 – FSA, DT Swiss, 4iiii, Burley

by Paul Newitt

September 30, 2016 (Las Vegas, NV) – Here’s our next installment of 2017 products direct from the show floor of Interbike, North America’s biggest cycling trade show, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre in Las Vegas from Sept. 21-23.

FSA K-Force WE  ©  pedalmag.com

Full Speed Ahead (FSA)

FSA electrifies their lines with the introduction of the K-Force WE wireless road group set. The K-Force WE is an elegantly designed, high-tech, electronic drive system that makes use of wireless communication between the shifters and the derailleurs. That’s right, no communication cables.

K-Force WE front Derailleur  ©  Paul Newitt
The K-Force WE shifters feature UD carbon levers, available in small and large, and make use of ANT+ Wireless technology. A light weight, coin-cell battery offers power to relay info to the front and rear derailleurs.

The derailleurs are independently powered by a seat-post battery, which offers the advantage of a larger battery for heavy shifting, and according to FSA, approximately 4,000 to 6,000 km of ride per charge (depending on a rider’s shifting habits).

K-Force WE rear Derailleur  ©  Paul Newitt
Shifting is monitored and analyzed by the K-Force WE system and through computer algorithms, provide an estimate of battery charge remaining. Charge levels are communicated through four LED’s on the top of the front derailleur and can be fully charged through an interface on the rear derailleur in about an hour.

The K-Force WE rear derailleur is an 11-speed system with a 30T total capacity and Max. sprocket size of 28T. The front derailleur is a Ti body with stainless steel hardware.

Other components in the K-Force WE group include a crankset, with hollow carbon arms (165, 170, 172.5, 174, 177.5, and 180mm), forged AL 7050 BB386EVO spindle and CNC chain rings. (53/39, 52/36, 50/34), and a K-Force brake set, cassette, and chain.

There is also an Android App available for customized adjustments to your K-Force drive train, and for storing your adjustment settings for future reference. Visit here for more on FSA.

DT Swiss

DT Swiss introduces their new PR 1400 Dicut Oxic aluminum road wheels that feature a ceramic Oxic surface coating for unmatched performance on rim brakes. The coating is applied electrochemically to the rim surface making it extremely hard and wear resistant.

DT Swiss PR 1400 DICUT® OXIC Performance Road Wheel  ©  Paul Newitt
The rims are wide (622 x 18), asymmetric, and lightweight and offer an excellent stiffness to weight ratio with radial laced DT Aero Comp spokes, and DT Pro Lock aluminum nipples.

The PR 1400 makes use of a 5/100mm RWS/QR, straight pull hub system designed for straight spokes with no bend at the head for a durable and reliable system.

At 1,435 g PR 1400 Dicut® OXIC wheel-set also features 5mm RWS, tubeless-ready Tape, tubeless valve, and OXIC brake pads for a competitive performance package. Visit here for more details.

4iiii Innovations

Alberta-based 4iiii introduces the dual-sided Precision Pro power meter that delivers a complete picture of your power output. Features include exceptional accuracy, lightweight design, ANT+ and Bluetooth compatibility, and 3D power meter technology. The Precision Pro is built to endure, with a robust design that holds up under rugged conditions and nasty weather.

4iiii Precision Pro  ©  Paul Newitt
According to 4iiii leg imbalances tend to create inaccurate measurements at high watts output. The Precision Pro captures independent wattage from both left and right legs together and separately, providing more accurate feedback while allowing riders to maximize power transfer and pedaling efficiency.

The Precision Pro runs off of a CR2032 coin battery which the company says it will run for about 150 hours before needing a change. An App for the system is also in the works and will be released soon.

You can choose the Precision Pro Ride Ready, which comes pre-installed on a new Shimano DURA-ACE FC-9000 series crankset, or the Precision Pro Factory Install, which is installed on your existing crankset at the 4iiii factory.

4iiii’s partnership with the Etixx-Quick Step World Pro Tour Cycling Team means their products are tested and trusted by pro athletes. Check here for more details.

Burley Design

You can now take your Burley on new adventures thanks to a new 16” Wheel Kit Accessory which includes two 16 x 3” push-button mounted wheels with a knobby thread pattern for grip. The wheels can be installed and removed in seconds. The wider, more rugged tires perform excellent on pavement but offer superior handling in rugged conditions, such as snow, sand, and gravel.

Burley 16” Wheel Kit Accessory  ©  Paul Newitt
Burley is also offering several other accessories for 2017, including: a Walking and Hiking kit, that transforms your bike trailer into a hike trailer with a soft mesh waist band; a set of Travoy wheel guards, to protect your cargo from your wheels; a new 600D polyester Trailer Storage bag, that stores and protects any of the Burley trailers; and a new Thru Axle – Burley’s official adaptor for bikes with 12mm thru axles. For more Burley click here.

Interbike 2016 part 1 here.
Interbike 2016 part 2 here.

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