….and FSA never advertises with CyclingTips in the future, seriously, why would this be in the gallery? Lame.
It would be pretty harsh to judge FSA on the basis of crash damage alone. There’s lots more to judge them on than that. Start with the wet-noodle chainrings.
Isn’t it useful to know how serious the damage can be to carbon bars (regardless of brand) if you crash hard enough? There’s been numerous posts over the last year on how CT’s impartiality might be compromised by advertisers – this is the first one I’ve seen that actually recommends they censor content to keep advertisers sweet!
Would it be better if we censored everything that’s not positive and rosy instead?
Wade, just merely pointing out that it’s presented as bike porn/tech photo album and that’s what it is until the last photo, FSA probably wouldn’t be stoked. Not seen cracked up carbon in any other bike porn albums on the site. I’ll keep this in mind when James posts a “laterally stiff vertically compliant” review on FSA in the future.
Thanks for the feedback Dave. I didn’t give it much thought, but I see your POV. We’ll keep it in mind.
And feel free to send me an email or give me a ring anytime if there’s a problem. Not sure why you’re having a crack at James over this. He didn’t even write this post.
Please do not give this more thought. We want to see the real deal. Not as you yourself say “censor negative or not rosy”. Infact it makes stuff more closer to the reader. We feel more part of the event / race because of such unbiased, behind the scenes reporting. Hence request to continue such good work.
bars break in a crash? big deal. how is it a problem for FSA?
Yes exactly. It is not the first carbon broken in cycling is it? I do not just understand his point. Here is a site which brings you unbiased reporting and he has a problem with that as well! Amazing.
I’m annoyed that people are so paranoid about carbon breaking. alloy bars break in crashes too. no one freaks out at that. but the site of broken carbon makes some people spin out.
At last years Scheldeprijs we could have brought you a full gallery of smashed and ruined kit after the huge crash in the closing kilometers. Everything from wheels to bikes, it’s nothing new to see broken kit, but still sad to see.
Broken gear is always better than broken bones! I like broken gear (that’s not mine), but never broken bones, whoever they belong to ;-) I look forward to a broken, smashed, scraped and warped tech item
The stem is also looking cracked if you look closely and the fork most likely will be cut up and binned.
All that work on making the Noah look great, and the EPS box is still just zap-strapped to the stem like a prototype.
The Flite saddle rails are perhaps made of vanadium judging by the first three letters in pic7? Nice saddle anyway, the original Flite is the best looking and most comfortable ever made imo. Pity the leather wears so quickly around the sides.
Interesting to see Yates’ chainring combo with a 53-34 exceeding the usual stipulated 16T max. I’m sure the mechanics had it shifting sweet.
Nice to see some coloured frames too.
You’ve got better eye’s than me for spotting that. Squinting in the French spring sun doesn’t help. I have to agree with you, the original Flite’s were mega, and in so many cool colours, I used to match them with the ITM Big One stems. Just a shame they’re hard to come by now.
Lol, always love seeing the ridonkulous stem lengths on the pro bikes…
Just FYI, I believe the OGE Scott was Simon Yates’, not Adam. Procyclingstats has Adam at Tirreno and Simon in Paris-Nice. Although, Simon finished only five seconds back in 5th! i guess 34T chainrings aren’t only for punters…
34 tooth chainring for someone chasing GC? Why not just put on 20kg of muscle so you can turn over a proper gear and be taken seriously by the punters who live by the velominati ‘rules’?