Innovative design combined with the latest technology, materials and manufacturing processes ensure that FSA deliver technically superior components. This means we can offer the ultimate performance that our consumers demand at a competitive price.
Our history in the sport and innovation in design and manufacturing is important to us. We’re proud that we constantly invest in our products and range to ensure that we provide the best components for our enthusiastic customers and it is this investment that has ensured we stay ahead of others, developing industry leading components that you, our customers, demand.
We invest heavily in research and development, to ensure that all FSA products are manufactured using the very latest cutting edge technologies to develop and deliver the best products possible. They are tested to stringent standards and meet the highest certification. Below is more detail about our processes and technologies.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
FSA’s R&D team uses the very latest techniques to ensure we produce the best performing products.
Our 3D modelling team uses the most modern Surface Modelling software to design, evaluate and validate the product design before tooling is opened. The 3D Measurement facility allows exact analysis of dimensions, whereby precise attention to the tolerances and accuracy of our products results in optimal performance and durability. First developed for the aerospace and nuclear industries where the safety of structures is critical, FEA – Finite Element Analysis – has formerly been the purview of only specialized analysts, and later, Formula 1 teams. FSA has long been in the vanguard of the cycling industry, making FEA an integral part of our R&D process.
As part of our R&D department, FSA employs a metallography team, who study the microstructure of various components of metals, ceramics and polymeric materials. After sectioning, mounting, grinding and polishing, a specimen is ready for examination under high magnification with various chemical and electrolytic etchants. Some microstructural constituents, such as nitrides and inclusions, are revealed using cross-polarized light. This window into materials helps us to control quality and push the envelope of advanced design in cycling.
PROCESS & MANUFACTURING
Ensuring that the innovative design and development concepts come to fruition, FSA’s manufacturing facilities use the most advanced processes.
At FSA we use the most advanced techniques when working with carbon fiber alone, aluminum alone, and with carbon fiber and aluminum combined. FSA manipulates a single block of high grade aluminum to yield a hollow crankset with superior strength to weight ratio – we call this Hollow Forged Technology. The outstanding results improve further when the process is applied to 7050-T6 aluminum. Hollow Molded Carbon technology is the unique air bladder molding technology FSA uses for all K-Force and SL-K cranksets. It yields a hollow crank arm and spider with an I-beam down the length of the arm: FSA’s hollow cranksets are true monocoque structures delivering great strength and light weight.
Carbon Structural Integration – CSI – is our fusion of carbon fiber and aluminum. Once an aluminum component is wrapped in carbon fiber, the fiber becomes an integral part of the structure and increases the overall stiffness of the component.
CERTIFICATION & TESTING
FSA ensures that as well as meeting or exceeding CEN Certification standards, our in-house testing procedures continually push the safety and performance capabilities of all products.
CEN is the European Committee for Standardization of the materials, safety and design of bicycle components. The CEN norm is currently the most rigorous standard for safety in the bicycle industry. FSA regularly works with external test laboratories and uses its own test machines to ensure that every component meets or exceeds CEN and other industry standards.
FSA’s extensive in-house testing facilities include techniques such as Pneumatic Fatigue Testing – whereby products are extensively tested to prove their durability, thereby ensuring we meet or exceed all industry standards. Using the Yield Strength testing process we push all FSA products well beyond the point of normal use so that when you push to your limits, you can be comfortable in knowing your FSA components will respond as intended.
Handlebars are put through harsh Drop Impact destructive tests to ensure durability meets the highest standards. All products are extensively tested to prove the materials and design strengths turn out as engineered, like with carbon layups – we call this Material Fatigue Strength Testing. After many hundreds of hours working Computational Fluid Dynamics (a virtual wind tunnel), FSA spends days in the wind tunnel proving our designs to achieve maximum aerodynamic efficiency.
FSA’s very latest cutting edge technologies include:
Superlight carbon technology
Top-shelf carbon construction for MTB components minimizes weight while optimizing stiffness and strength.
Shimano® compatible freewheel
Freehubs for use with Shimano® cassettes and drive train.
Side by Side seatpost clamp
Full Speed Ahead’s Side By Side (SBS) seat post clamp combines safety and security with elegant aesthetics.
Resistant to corrosion
Engineered for maximum durability and use in corrosive conditions such as exposure to road de-icing chemicals.
PowerDrive bottom bracket interface standard
PowerDrive bottom brackets have a proprietary arc-splined, forged hollow SCM4130 steel spindle, with industrial 6002KRS sealed cartridge bearings and oversized 3/16” diameter ball bearings.
Press-fit composite cups with BB30 bearings fit BB30 cranksets to press-fit standard frames.
Nano tube carbon technology
A proprietary nano tube carbon construction yields incredible weight reduction of carbon parts.
Superfine adjustment system
2-bolt NANO adjust seatposts allow for micro angle adjustment for a more precise saddle fit.
Minimal top clamp
FSA’s Minimal Top Clamp (MTC) seatpost head adjusts easily and securely and reduces the amount of material for weight savings of up to 30 grams over other FSA seatpost models.
FSA Seatposts designed to fit the carbon single rail Monolink® saddle design from Selle Italia.
ISIS spindle bottom brackets with 4 bearings: a heavy-duty BB for use where higher strength and durability are required.
MegaExo bottom bracket
MegaExo outboard bearing bottom bracket fortified with double row bearings for each side. For use with downhill MegaExo cranks.
MegaExo bottom brackets featuring external bearings
FSA’s 24mm spindle crank & bottom bracket system: MegaExo cranks are available for road and mountain applications and compatible with 68, 73, and 83mm English thread, 70mm Italian thread, and several press-fit bottom bracket standards. MegaExo bottom brackets are available in all thread standards and offer compatibility with Shimano cranks.
An outboard bearing bottom bracket that adapts 68mm English threaded BB shells to BB386 MegaEvo cranks.
Engineered to minimize friction for lower rolling resistance.
Engineered for maximum durability and a longer usable life.
Low Drag Construction
Engineered to reduce drag for maximum efficiency.
JIS Square Taper bottom bracket interface standard
JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) bottom brackets are characterized by their traditional square taper spindles. Full Speed Ahead’s JIS bottom brackets are cost-effective and robust.
ISO6 Rotors are compatible with 6-bolt international standard disc flanges.
Hollow Forging Aluminum technology
FSA manipulates a single block of 7050-T6 aluminum to yield a hollow crankarm with a superior strength-to-weight ratio.
Hollow Molded Carbon Technology
K-Force and SL-K cranksets are molded using a unique air bladder technology to create crankarms containing two long, hollow chambers separated by a structural “I-beam.” FSA’s hollow cranksets are true monocoque structures delivering great strength and featherlight weight.
Engineered to optimize stiffness with resulting efficient energy transfer.
Flat Top Clamp
Increases the clearance between the bottom of the saddle shell and the top of the seatpost to allow for full flex of a saddle without interference.
Full Speed Ahead Wheel Systems
FSA and Vision wheels are engineered, manufactured, and hand-built in-house. The FSA Wheel Tech system allows for careful control of every part of the wheel-making process.
Fully Adjustable Slider Technology
Vision’s F.A.S.T. aerobar reach adjustment system allows for easy extension length adjustment.
Dual Adjust Tilt Angle
Independently adjustable front and rear seatpost bolts allow for easy saddle angle adjustment.
Carbon Wrapping Technology
Carbon Structural Integration (CSI) is a fusion of carbon fiber and aluminum. A structural outer layer of carbon fiber is wrapped around a component’s aluminum core to increase the part’s stiffness and create an elegant carbon aesthetic.
Components equipped with ceramic ball bearings
Ceramic bearings are smoother, more durable and overall faster than their steel counterparts. FSA pioneered ceramics in bicycle parts using them in hubs, bottom brackets, headsets, and derailleur pulleys. Ceramic bearings are standard equipment on K-FORCE components and optional upgrades for most of our other product families.
Freehubs for use with Campagnolo cassettes and drive train.
130mm BCD Cranksets
Standard bolt pattern road and time trial/triathlon cranks are available in 53/39 tooth configurations and have several higher tooth count upgrade options.
110 BCD Cranksets
Compact cranks, popular in road and cyclocross applications, are available in 46/36, 50/34 and 52/36 tooth configurations.
FSA’s road crank line-up includes several models that are compatible with Cervelo’s proprietary BBRight asymmetric BB and crank system.
An 86.5mm wide PF30 BB designed for our BB386 EVO crank sets
All for One, One for All: FSA’s latest evolution in bottom brackets spans press-fit and threaded standards. With the proper BB and/or adapter, this crank will work with almost any BB shell standard. 386EVO’s symmetric BB shell has the same overall width of a BSA BB including the cups. This allows the ultimate optimization for stiffness of the frame-shell-crankset assembly.
The longer 30mm spindle and a wide variety of optional spacers and bottom brackets provide unmatched adaptability for nearly all bicycle frames.
The International Splined Interface Standard bottom brackets and cranks have options available for use in most English and Italian threaded bottom bracket standards.