By Paul Norman
FSA K-Force WE groupset
In development for five years, FSA is now shipping its first full groupset, with WE standing for Wireless Electron. The levers are available in two sizes to suit different hands and communicate wirelessly via ANT+ with the derailleurs. This also means that they are compatible with a wide range of bike computers to display shifter data, without risk of interference.
The front and rear mechs are powered via wires to a seatpost-mounted battery pack, giving a claimed range of up to 6000km. There’s a companion app to allow customisation and analysis of shifting patterns.
For more info on K-Force WE click here.
Shimano Dura-Ace power meter
Another eagerly awaited product for your transmission is the new Dura-Ace power meter. It provides separate left and right side power measurement to give accurate analysis of pedalling dynamics and performance.
A key benefit is the weight: Shimano says it’s only 70 grams more than a non-metered Dura-Ace chainset, making it one of the lightest power meters available.
Read our first ride impressions of new Dura-Ace R9100 mechanical and R9150 Di2 groupsets.
Lightweight Wegweiser wheelset
For its new Wegweiser wheelset, Lightweight has developed a new production method, using a machine to manufacture the rim in one piece. Lightweight then glues its carbon spokes to the outside edge of the rim. Lightweight says its new design results in a stronger build.
The Wegweiser is available for rim or disc brakes and comes with a 24mm rim width to support wider tyres better.
Giro Prolight Techlace shoes
Weighing just 138 grams per shoe for a size 8.5, the Prolight Techlace uses a new carbon sole design which maintains stiffness. The Prolight Techlace also uses Giro’s closure system – a mix of velcro and laces, for a close, comfortable fit.
We reckon they're one of the coolest new cycling shoe designs of 2017.
Shimano Dura-Ace hydraulic disc brakes
Another new option released as part of the new Shimano Dura-Ace is its hydraulic disc brakeset. It’s the first Dura-Ace level disc brakeset offered by Shimano and offers smaller levers and better heat dissipation than its previous hydraulic disc brake systems. It’s also lighter, with Shimano saying it weighs just 338 grams more than a rim braked Dura-Ace groupset.
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