FSA Working On E-Shifting
TAICHUNG, Taiwan – Will FSA be the next to launch electronic shifting? Strong rumours in the road-racing cycling scene report that the new Belgian Etixx-Quick-Step team signed a drivetrain contract with Full Speed Ahead.
The American VeloNews website reported this week that FSA has confirmed the development of a complete drivetrain including an electronic version. It is a long term ambition of FSA to enter the groupset market. As part of that strategy the company announced the start of its own chain development and production last November at Taichung Bike Week.
The electronic shifting topic popped up after the road race website VeloNews published the latest news on possible sponsoring of the team that succeeds Omega Pharma-Quickstep, Etixx-Quick-Step.
During the 2014 season Omega Pharma-Quickstep was sponsored by SRAM but that might change. SRAM is still working on an electronic groupset for the road market but the presentation of this system not expected before the start of the road race season.
Rumours on the new Etixx-Quick-Step drivetrain sponsor became even stronger when the team mechanic mentioned in an interview that next season the team bikes will be specified with Shimano electronic shifting. But if it is still months ahead before FSA will introduce e-shifting, the team might spend most of the year on its purchased Shimano drivetrains.