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Interbike 2017: FSA, TRP And Ergon

FSA's new dropper post, TRP partners with Aaron Gwin and Ergon has a new pack

Full Speed Ahead Flowtron

The Flowtron remote is designed for comfort and accessibility.

FSA’s last dropper was a solid step in the right direction, but not exactly where they wanted it to be. With the newest dropper, FSA has updated the design and fixed the shortcomings of their original iteration. Starting with the cockpit, when designing the new ‘Flowtron,’ FSA took notes from the ergonomics riders looked for in aftermarket remotes and put the same specifications into theirs. A large, shifter-style remote with defined edges and a textured surface make for easy and comfortable dropper adjustment.

The post will feature three different setting for remote sensitivity.

Taking cues from the popular Fox Transfer, when installing the Flowtron dropper post, the cable is cut at the bars and not on the bottom of the post, making measuring housing and cable a breeze.

The Flowtron dropper post will be available in January for $300 with 125- or 150-millimeter drops and 30.9- or 31.6-millimeter seatpost diameters.

Moving back from the cockpit, the Flowtron features an adjustable torsion spring installed next to where the cable meets the post. This allows for the rider to change between three settings from light to firm, affecting how hard you need to push on the remote before the post begins to drop.

TRP G-Spec Quadiem

The G-Spec Quadiem is a gravity-focused brake retailing for $400.

There’s no question that Aaron Gwin can ride a bike at high speeds, which means he also knows what it takes to stop a bike at high speeds. TRP decided to tap this wealth of knowledge by partnering with Gwin for its latest G-Spec Quadiem, four-piston brake. Adjusting, testing and then more adjusting, TRP and Gwin took the G-Spec from World Cup races to the factory and back to get exactly the performance they were looking for. What they came up with is a CNC’d, anodized and polished brake with a dimpled lever, cooling fins, tool-less reach adjustment and hybrid ceramic and steel brake pads.

Ergon BA2

Ergon’s BA2 is a 10-liter pack in which every feature is designed with riders in mind.

Ergon’s new 10-liter BA2 is a solid showing of Ergon’s engineering prowess. Coming in a one-size-fits-all configuration, the upper back panel can be adjusted to four different positions that significantly change the length of the pack. The shoulder straps wrap behind the bottom of the pack in one large loop, balancing the bag and pulling it closer to the body no matter how it is adjusted. Similarly, the hip belt is an overly long strap that secures first with Velcro and then a buckle. The longer strap is designed to sit more comfortably and uniformly on the rider, while offering extra security.

The new BA2 will retail for $130 and will be available early 2018.

Ergon has also gone all in with camera mounts on its new pack. On the back of the pack, on top of the helmet-carry system, a GoPro mount is positioned to capture get camera footage behind the rider. For the front, a separately sold chest strap attaches to the shoulder straps, snugging a mount up to the middle of your chest for full video coverage of the trail in front of you.

With a video mount in the back and the separate chest mount in the front, you won’t miss a moment of action.