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This week in bike stuff: Eurobike special

Cyclist magazine
9 Sep 2016

Our pick of the best of new products at Eurobike, featuring Argon 18, FSA, Lightweight, Storck and Stages.

Argon 18 FWD concept bike

Perhaps the most eye-catching bike display at Eurobike belonged to Canadian outfit Argon-18, whose 'FWD' concept bike held centre stage. The frame is made entirely of 3D-printed plastic, and is a representation of the technology that Argon-18 would like to see implemented in their bikes of the future. The aero shapes of the bike are evident to see, and to combat the possible harsh ride quality there is a modified seatpost design, where the contact point is moved much further down and a rubber bushing used to secure the seatpost at the toptube junction. Radiator vents can be seen around the disc callipers, which sit halfway into either the fork or chain stay for improved aerodynamics. 

Along with the FWD concept bike there is a rideable machine that uses 22 sensors ranging from the ability to read air density (the stick protruding from the head tube) to the ability to measure yaw angles when cornering, enabling a real-time visualisation of aerodynamic drag outside of the confines of a wind-tunnel.

FSA K-Force We groupset

Brand new from FSA is the K-Force We electronic groupset. The 'We' stands for wireless electronic, with the transmission between shifter and derailleur indeed being wireless, while an 'invisible' battery hid in the seatube feeds both the front and rear mech via internal cable routing. There is a lot of potential for customisation for the user, including choice in lever length and control over which derailleur respective levers operate, as well as automatic microshifting. The rear mech itself differs from the norm too, steering away from the traditional parallelogram design in favour of a gearbox to move the derailleur up and down the cassette. There are design updates in the K-Force crankset and brake callipers too, adding to a big entry to the groupset market from FSA. Read more about the details on FSA's breakdown here.

Lightweight Wegweiser

Brand new from Lightweight is the Wegweiser wheel, which is basically being marketed as an aero disc wheel - although it's available in a rim brake version as well. With a very wide rim width it differs from Lightweight's previous aero disc wheels, and by virtue of being manufactured mostly by machine - rather than by hand, as is the Lightweight tradition - costs a little less than usual too at €3,500. There's an updated hub design too, which is pentagonal in shape as an extra strength precaution against the hub shell coming unstuck against the hub body.

Storck Fascenario 3

Storck has unveiled the latest edition of its top-end superbike, the Fascenario F.3. Building on what the company learnt from the Aerfast and Aernario, the F.3 aims to marry slick aerodynamics with a dash of comfort, all while staying under 750g for the frame and keeping the same levels of bottom bracket stiffness. The most striking thing about the F.3 (other than the price...) is the new wide-legged fork that helps smooth the airflow passing the wheel. And the price? Around £10,500 for a Dura-Ace build, or £17,000 for the special-edition Sram eTap equipped Aston Martin version.

Stages Dash and Link

Stages Power, one of the pioneers of "accessible power" when it launched four years ago, is now bringing a head unit and training software to the market. Stages told us they wanted to keep everything in a package that they could control, and these were the obvious solutions. The €399 Stages Dash is the head unit, is both ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible, and comes with a comprehensive, if data-heavy, interface, with a basic mapping function and an impressive 30 hour battery life. Stages Link meanwhile is the software, developed by Australian company Today's Plan, and will be run on a subscription basis.

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