8 Apr 2021
TEAM ATHERTON RACING CHOOSES FSA GRADIENT COCKPITS!
A new important step on the partnership between Full Speed Ahead and Team Atherton Racing has done. From 2021 racing season the team founded by the UK downhill legends Rachel, Gee and Dan Atherton has chosen top-of-the-line FSA Gradient handlebars and stems.
Team Atherton Racing riders in particular will feature in preview the brandnew Gradient OS35 Riser handlebars, available in carbon and alloy version, as well as Gradient OS35 DH direct mount and Gradient 35 DH Team LTD stems, designed specifically for Downhill and Enduro usage.
Gradient Carbon OS35 riser features carbon composite construction and reinforced and textured clamping areas, while the Gradient Alloy OS35 riser has unique and bold design not seen in aluminium handlebars, and new look and compliance of carbon.
Gradient OS35 DH direct mount stem has unique 2pc faceplate design that combines both handlebar and for clamping surfaces, while Gradient 35 DH Team LTD has been already spotted on some FSA sponsored athletes during the 2020 racing season.
«I had the pleasure of introducing FSA to the Atherton Race Program three years ago, when we started a collaboration that has been very impactful for FSA. – said Davide Riva, FSA OEM sales manager and product development. - When you work with the best riders in the world, you always discover how to continually improve your product offerings, which has always been our mission at FSA. The Atherton's have an incredible wealth of experience and an exciting desire to grow and continue to improve both on and off the track. We decided to strengthen our relationship and will offer our full range of FSA cockpit components to the Team. The Gradient carbon and Gradient alloy cockpit families will now be featured on Atherton team bikes, along with FSA Cranks and Seatposts that we have been currently supplying to the team. FSA is amped up for the opportunity to work with this team in 2021 and beyond, and even more stoked to watch their season unfold on the race track! »
Team Director Dan Brown said: “We have built a strong foundation with FSA over the last three years and have the greatest respect for the integrity of their products. We are excited to see the Gradient alloy and Carbon ranges transform the cockpits of our team bikes.”
“This will be a true collaboration with all of us striving to make the strongest product, R&D is a core part of our partnership and we welcome the chance to input to such an enthusiastic and forward looking company’s plans” said the DH legend Gee Atherton.
THE OTHER FSA PRODUCTS:
In order to guarantee performances up to the Atherton champions expectations, FSA will provide to the team some of its top-of-the-line products and cooperation to develop solution for the DH and Enduro drivetrain components. Besides the carbon cockpits, the team will continue to ride on
Gradient Modular Crankset BB392 Direct Mount 1X, improved thanks to the team over the last racing seasons and their experience on race field, as well as the Flowtron, a pretty cool and easy to use dropper seatpost. This is compact and light and has a nice high mechanical advantage so it’s easy to actuate.