SEA OTTER CLASSIC 2010 – The internally geared Metropolis Patterson Transmission crankset wasn’t the only new thing FSA showed off.  They had a smattering of updated and new bars, stems, cranksets and more for both the road and triathlete crowd and the mountain bikers.

Above are the redesigned Vision aero base bars that have been redesigned to comply with the UCI’s 3:1 rule.  Available in carbon fiber ($250, 207g) and aluminum ($79, 237g), they’re both available now for those looking to get back in compliance with the bicycle rules juggernaut.

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fsa-afterburner-386-mtb-2x10-cranksetOn the mountain bike side, FSA has redesigned their chainrings on the 386 series of cranksets to work with the new 10 speed chains.

This includes the Afterburner alloy set (shown, left, 750g w/BB, $269) and their upper end K-Force Light carbon crankset (739g w/BB, $799).  The bottom bracket in both cases contributes about 100g of that weight, and both are available with 40/27 and 42/27 chainring combos.

FSA’s marketing manager Max Ralph said they hadn’t done testing specifically with the directional 10-speed chains from Shimano, but our guess is they’ll work fine.

Both cranksets are available in BB30 and MegaExo (external BB cup) versions.


For the Gravity line, they’ve introduced a new 777 flat bar that’s, wait for it, 777mm wide.  Kona Rider Barry Wicks is apparently a fan, and it should be great for 29ers.  Weight is 327g and MSRP is $89.99.


The 777 joins their extensive line of freeride, all-mountain and DH handlebars in the Gravity line.


The GAP Gravity Light line, made for slopestyle and light downhill, gets a new white color for the seatpost.  $59.99.


fsa-k-wing-compact-carbon-handlebarOther new goodies include two new smaller sizes of their K-Wing Compact carbon handlebars.  Smaller riders will now be able to get either a 36cm or 38cm width (center to center) with proportionally sized flat sections.  These are in addition to the 40, 42 and 44cm widths previously offered.

FSA will also offer BB30 versions of their Energy hollow forged aluminum cranksets (not shown) in standard, compact and cyclocross specific chainring combos.


    • More leverage to combat the additional (albeit slight) effort required to turn the larger wheels. Truthfully, wider bars are generally going to improve the handling/control of any bike, but 29er riders, and especially those on rigid forks, seem to like wider bars. Maybe they soak up a little more trail rattle, too.

  1. I don’t ride a 29er, I’m small, but I LOVE wide bars. They make me feel more in control. Until I’m going between two trees that are too close together. LOL!!

What do you think?