Cane Creek's New Remotes and FSA's Power Meter Cranks - Eurobike 2016

Sep 2, 2016
by Mike Levy  
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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.
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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.
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FSA Powerbox MTB Carbon Crankset and Afterburner WideR Wheelset

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.
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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.


MENTIONS: @FSA-MTB / @CaneCreekCyclingComponents




51 Comments

  • + 57
 i need a remote for my dropper post that automatically mails it back to dirt labs for a re-build...
  • + 7
 yes!

dropper should automatically send a "broken-need service" signal to the service centre, which dispatches drone to collect your faulty dropper.

Lets make the technology do something useful for a change?
  • + 27
 Make that Cane Creek remote work off your dropper remote to correlate with your dropper post height and then we'll be talking!
Slammed = full open, mid= half open, up= climb switch on.
  • + 4
 Not too bad of an idea...
  • - 3
 What about when you stumble across some dirt jumps? Or you wanna ride that skatepark that you always see on your root or if your riding a technical but pedaly trail?
  • + 5
 @Scotj009: have a small little lever to the side that just does the same adjustments but minus the dropper
  • + 6
 I wouldn't want this. There are plenty of times when I have my seat fully extended and climb switch off. Bumpy flat sections , mellow climbs, punchy gullies etc.
  • + 3
 @chillrider199: then what's the point in the first place, not sure why I got downvoted
  • + 1
 @Scotj009: As an entreprenuer this is just inventing at its finest. You think, you try, you make. Just like when dropper posts first came out. Everyone thought "How f*cking dumb is this? A suspension seat post. Thatll probably never catch on." And well, look at the bikes now days.
  • + 1
 Then make it electric and let some rain get in it....

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  • + 9
 SRAM please for the love all that is fucking holy make a fucking remote kit for your Monarch shocks!!! and yes I know the XX has one but honestly... who has an XX on their bike.
  • + 2
 I have an XX sid fork on my hard tail. It's rubbish, but I CBF doing anything about it....
  • + 1
 I do lol
  • + 1
 @mhoshal: it's even in your bloody profile that you are riding an XX lol
  • + 2
 Amen brother! I own Monarch RL I this basic shock really needs a remot for lockout.
  • + 1
 @2bigwheels: ya the rl that came on my reign shit the bed so I got an xx through warrantee. It's a great shock!!!
  • + 6
 Anyone know if there's a plan for a standard Dbcoil or DbAir? The assembly is surely pretty basic at the shock end and all other parts would transfer straight over, so perhaps I'm missing something?
  • + 5
 I don't see the need for a remote climb switch.

1) Pedal bob is extremely minimal on most modern geos/suspension designs.
2) In the rare cases I do want to flick the CS on my CCDB Coil..I just reach down. I don't race XC..I don't care about losing 1.5s
3) I want my bar to be as free of clutter as possible.
  • + 9
 Luckily you can OPT out of this product
  • + 5
 @sngltrkmnd: I see what you did there
  • + 5
 Was kinda hoping that the shock and dropper are connected in a way that when you use the dropper remote it also unlocks the shock, then locks it when it's up again.
  • + 6
 Interesting idea, one which I bet somebody in the industry is thinking about. For me there is definitely times when I want an active shock while my seat is up though. It could get annoying if you're riding a pedally section which still has rough tread and the only way to get an active shock is to drop the post. Still would be interesting to see a single remote do both. That's the kind of thing electronics can probably achieve way easier than cable or hydraulic. Hell, at that point it could probably toggle the switch incrementally according to the height your post is so the shock is fully open when the post is at bottom and increases in firmness until it's a full extension / full lock. Its a brave new world.
  • + 3
 Interesting that I got neg propped for it. Effectively, I was just curious if we will enter an age where mechanically (not electrically), thing will be connected for certain positions, shock activity, and dropper relation. Seems like there could be some potential there.
  • + 2
 Love the CC remote--I use the range of the climb switch frequently. I like the idea mentioned about a sliding control for the dropper, although since my LEV failed, I've since found that the 3 positions of my "back-up" Command Post are all that I need.
  • + 5
 Dear suspeonsiongods. If you're listening, please make a lever for my DBair cs too.
  • + 3
 Saw in another site the dropper remote can handle both butted and fastened cable ends and is MMX compatible. Will be replacing the lever on my giant post.
  • + 1
 I just use the KS lev end piece on end of the post and then I can use any remote that uses the cable end. It is like a $6 part but you have to buy the end and the screw seperate at least I did. I personally use the KS southpaw remote.
  • + 1
 i love all this new tech. It feels like christmass being able to gaze at all the awesome stuff our bike crazed engineering brethren come up with. Inlcuding all the not so great ideas as well.
  • + 4
 Those cranks are fucking gorgeous!
  • - 1
 Team Robot's Charlie Sponsel raced the same FSA rim seen on the WideR all season last year in Washington's Cascadia Dirt Cup and never had a single issue. Because the rim profile is asymmetrical and the spokes are offset for increased lateral and torsional stiffness, the spoke count can be lower and still retain a great amount of durability! Cant beat it for $649.99!
  • + 7
 Yeah, but TEAM ROBOT sucks.
  • + 3
 That whole press releas....... Sorry, comment, by you is cringey.
  • + 4
 @TEAM-ROBOT: Update your blog losers.
  • + 2
 Price for the remote kit? SO happy that a company is producing new product which is backward compatible!
  • + 1
 Never use the climb switch on my cc DBA. Actually just about to swap it for with a cc db coil with no switch, I'm not going to miss it.
  • + 14
 Use mine all the time. It makes climbing better on my frame.
  • + 9
 I had no idea that the Climb Switch was adjustable in increments. Thought it was either on or off. Then again I have an Inline so it might not be working at all.
  • + 4
 @twozerosix: The inline CS is also progressive through its range. Makes the bike even more adjustable when you plan your tuning around the use of the full range.
  • + 1
 @triptex: can you expand on that? do you mean you could tune your shock with the CS halfway open instead of all the way, so that you have the ability to close it more or open it more?
  • + 3
 @xeren: yep, that's pretty much what I'm saying. You're not limited to open or closed so can use the range of the switch to get more from the bike. I'd still set sag and do a baseline tune in the open mode.
  • + 1
 @triptex: makes sense, thanks!
  • + 2
 Used the switch from time to time. Could be interested in the remote.
  • + 2
 I want a remote for my RS DPA.
  • + 1
 You can get it with a 135 QR, so should I assume it's also available in 26?
  • + 1
 Why having a climbing remote when I have a chairlift Wink
  • + 0
 24 spokes. Are we in road bikes territory now?
  • + 3
 New Spesh Enduros are 24/28 spoke F/R. I run 24 up front and have zero problems. 24 in the rear was a disaster though...
  • + 4
 @Happymtbfr : Mavic and Sram wheelsets are both 24 spokes, and they currently use them at the EWS so I think they're fine
  • - 3
 still gonna break
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