10/24/2013 - NEWS!

Other positive impressions about K-Force and Afterburner disc brakes

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FSA's $289 USD Afterburner brakes are a less expensive alternative to their high-end, $369 USD K-Force stoppers that we showed you while at Crankworx, but don't let the lower price fool you, as they utilize the exact same technology but forgo the carbon fiber lever blades and titanium hardware for aluminum and steel. Adjustments include both reach and and free-stroke, with both dials being positioned out of harms way to limit the chance of damaging them in crash, and they mount via handy split perches. Anyone who has had trouble figuring out an ergonomic setup when mixing shifters, brakes, and a dropper post lever from different brands will also appreciate the lengths FSA has gone to in order to create a compact master cylinder, with the whole setup looking remarkably small compared to a lot of other options on the market. At the other end, the two piston, post mount caliper features top loading pads of FSA's own design.

There are also a few details that aren't as obvious to the eye, including the slightly stiffer hose used for the rear brake line that FSA says helps to create a more even brake feel when comparing front and rear modulation. This is done by employing a slightly stiffer plastic inner liner, as well as a different sheath layup for the middle layer in contrast to the front brake line. A look inside the lever body also reveals that FSA has placed the brake's timing ports closer to the primary seal than the norm, a setup that makes for less dead-band compared to other brakes on the market.

FSA is well aware that Shimano and Avid have the lion's share of the brake marketplace, but the company is adamant that there is not only room for another manufacturer, but also that they are approaching the situation from a different angle than the competition from the get-go. Despite the new Afterburner and K-Force brakes not even being in consumer's hands yet, they are already a number of tech how-to videos to watch, and testers have had the brakes in their hands for evaluation for quite some time now. FSA's plan is to lay down the groundwork before they release the brakes to consumers, meaning that mechanics will be well versed in maintenance, and distributors will already be fully stocked with spare parts. We're hoping to get on a set of Afterburner test brakes soon, and you'll be able to read a review of them once we've spent some proper trail time putting them to the test.


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