FSA Focuses on Chains
TAICHUNG, Taiwan – At next week’s Taichung Bike Week FSA will present (among other new components for MY 2016) its new line-up of chains. After making a modest start in chains in 2012 the brand’s production company Tien Hsin Industries showed today its expanded range.
At today’s press presentation the company was very clear about its ambitions for the near future. That’s in presenting complete groupsets. But as chains are a vital part of such groupsets Tien Hsin Industries – FSA decided on developing and making them instead of just sourcing them.
In doing just that – developing and manufacturing chains for hi-end road and MTB bikes – FSA didn’t start from scratch. The company joint forces with a chain specialist from Taiwan named TYC. This manufacturer is for over 50 years producing chains for various industries. Already in 2006 FSA started to cooperate with TYC which resulted in 2 chain-series which were marketed in 2012.
Last year 8 Pro Teams rode with FSA chains and their feedback resulted in input for developing a range that has now 5 chain-series. The range starts with 9-speed and moves quality wise upwards to 10 and 11-speed.
The most hi-end FSA chain is now the K-Force Light 11-speed. Design, quality and feature-wise FSA claims that its chains are comparable to the ones from Campagnolo and Shimano. However, OEM price-wise FSA ‘outperforms’ its renowned competitors. With respect to AM prices are in the KMC ranges.