Sampson’s new 11-speed cassette will be available in an 11-23, 11-25 and 11-28, with more coming soon. Price is $150, making it a great training or budget option for Shimano’s new Dura-Ace. Sampson says he hasn’t tested with Campy’s chain yet, and it’s only available in a Shimano/SRAM freehub body.
As usual, Eric had more than just one trick up his sleeves, and his FS pedals set a new standard in adjustability and are likely to become a fitter’s best friend. Check them out and more after the break…
The Stratics FS (full spectrum) is a new pedal that’s adjustable in three planes. They offer 11mm of fore/aft adjustment on the pedal. Add the cleat’s adjustment range and you have around 20mm of movement. The spindle is extended length and uses 1mm washers (red) to push the pedal up to 10mm out from the crank arm.
The cleat’s platform bolts to the spindle body with four screws that can put any combination of 1mm washers to change the angle of the foot. They’ll offer longer bolts with up to a half-inch of spacers to accommodate riders with leg length discrepancies.
They’re also working on a measurement based fitting system (as opposed to subjective) that can help get the rider’s foot in exactly the right position, as we’ll as the rest of your body. Available in May, price will be about $239.
There’s also a new light action Stratics pedal that clips in super easy but still holds the shoe securely in place. I was able to easily clip the shoe in by hand without holding the cranks steady, which says a lot about how easy the pedal entry is on these.
New 35mm OS handlebar and stem use a 35mm diameter at the clamp, then flatten to a large ergonomic perch.
The bar and stem together weigh in at a competitive 358g.
New hollow carbon cranks claim to be super stiff thanks to box section construction. Shifting should be crisp, too, thanks to deep chainring profiles. Crank and BB are $699 with a 24mm spindle. A BB30 version will come soon. Weight is around 710g with compact 50/34 rings and bottom bracket.