Full Speed Ahead Flowtron
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.
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.
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
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’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.
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.