FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — FSA’s electronic road group has been raced for a few seasons, but the company wanted to launch the drivetrain as part of an entirely new group before riders got their hands on it. So in addition to electronic shifting, Kforce WE gets hollow carbon cranks, a titanium/steel 11-speed cassette, redesigned brakes and an Android app to tune the system.
Not being the first on the market allowed FSA to choose aspects of its competitors’ groups it liked and to avoid what it felt were missteps. The group could be spec’d on bikes as early as May, but all the company is saying about pricing is it will be at Shimano and SRAM levels.
FSA’s Kforce WE system is wireless between the levers and the derailleurs, so there are no wires to run from the handlebars to the shifters. But Kforce WE uses a large seatpost battery with wires to both derailleurs to distribute power. The levers use small coin-style batteries to power their wireless function.
“The advantage of using a big battery for shifting is its range. We estimate between 4,000 and 6,000 kilometers on a charge, depending on how the rider shifts,” said Maurizio …read more