Cane Creek's New OPT and Dropper Post Remotes
Cane Creek has debuted their first handlebar-mounted remote to control the Climb Switch function on their DBinline and DBcoil [IL] shocks, and in typical Cane Creek fashion, it functions in a very different way to how other suspension remotes on the market work.
Rather than an on/off switch, or even a three-position lever, the OPT remote is a non-indexed slider that gives a rider the ability to set their shock's Climb Switch anywhere between fully open and fully closed. The remote is intended to sit up against your grip, and the lever has a wide U-shape to it that is designed to be intuitive and easy to find with your thumb. You could push on the outer ends of the button, but the shape 'captures' your thumb inside the lever.
The remote itself uses a hinged, split clamp to attach to the handlebar, and a barrel adjuster at both the remote and the shock itself means there's plenty of room for adjustment if needed. Current DBinline and DBcoil [IL] shocks can be retro-fitted to work with the OPT remote.
FSA Powerbox MTB Carbon Crankset and Afterburner WideR Wheelset
Cane Creek was also showing off this nice looking dropper post remote that can share a mounting bracket with the OPT remote, thereby keeping things as uncluttered as possible relative to having both shock and seat post controls on your handlebar. The dropper post remote can also be run solo if you don't want to use the OPT switch.
The remote's thumb paddle rotates on a sealed bearing to keep it from getting loose and rattly over time, and it can be used to control the majority of dropper posts on the market.
Power is all the rage when it comes to training, but it doesn't come cheap: FSA's new Powerbox MTB Carbon crankset integrates a power2max power meter and costs $1,322.50 USD.
The power2max company says that their power meter is all about ease of use; you can change the battery easily, replace the chain ring without needing to recalibrate the system, and it's said to be waterproof.
The ANT+ power meter is combined with FSA's MegaTooth narrow-wide chainring, and it's all attached to their hollow carbon fiber crankarms that are basically the company's high-end SL-K arms and their 392 spindle that fits pretty much every bottom bracket. Total weight? Just 485-grams.
The rims on FSA's new Afterburner WideR wheelset fall between the wiiiiiide options out that only work well with certain tires and skinnier rims that are too narrow for those who like high-volume rubber and lower pressures. The 27mm wide rims (internal) have an asymmetrical profile and an offset spoke pattern that, according to FSA, boosts wheel rigidity by 17-percent. The 24-spoke rims have hookless sidewalls and are tubeless-compatible, although the rim bed has to be taped. Tubeless valves and the required tape are both included.
The front hub can be run in a 9mm QR or 15mm thru-axle fork, and the rear can go into 135mm QR or 12 x 142mm rear-ends. Total weight comes in at a claimed 1,640-grams per pair, which makes their $649.99 USD price tag look pretty damn reasonable.