Tyrell FSX: A True Joyrider
TYRELL lovers who are looking for something higher in the performance range than the FX, can upgrade the groupset on their FX – or they can make one major upgrade in the frameset by opting for the TYRELL FSX.
With thinner walled aluminium extrusion to shave more weight off the frame while maintaining the characteristic stiffness of Tyrell bikes – the result is a triangular top tube (which also serves to become a signature of the FSX).
A full carbon handlepost and fork now comes on the FSX (compared to the FX which only the fork is carbon), the FSX is now a light, stiff frame weighing in at 8.6kg.
Beyond the weight savings, the FSX has internal cable routing for a cleaner look without messy cables running along the frame, which further showcases the beautiful frame.
The FSX can come in either flat bar or dropbar setup.
Both are available as stock with Shimano 105 or Shimano Ultegra 22 speed groupset – 2 X 11 – so you have 1 set of gears for flats and slopes, and another set of gears for hills.
What is nice about the FSX is that you get as stock, the higher-grade AM-10 (406-sized) wheelsets from Tyrell which gives lower rolling resistance and smooth turning of the wheels.
This is a full road bike setup!
The performance on the TYRELL FSX is sweet the moment you push off: with low rolling resistance and good acceleration, this bike feels ready to roll. The ride is speedy, lively – in fact, the TYRELL FSX feels like it was in a hurry to move.
The TYRELL FSX would be comfortable to move on pavement and park connectors, thanks to its low-slung frame and 406-sized wheels which makes it very nimble to get around. But really, with its light handling, thin tires and speed capability – this bike belongs on the road.
And on the road is where the TYRELL FSX lives up to its full potential. It comfortably delivers speeds of 40km/h and up, not making it look out of place in the company of full-sized roadies. Its 11-speed rear cassette gives you a nice gear ratio on the outer chainring to tackle all roads and slopes, making it a breeze to handle the FSX and take it through most terrains, and you really need to engage the inner chainring only when you ride into hills.
But here lies the “inner” secret of the FSX: you find that it loses none of the sprinter characteristics when you switch to the inner chainring and enter the hills – it now climbs and sprints up hills with the same speedy, lively nature that the ride has when it is on flats. If there ever would be a bike that makes you love hill climbing, this would be the bike.
TYRELL presents the FSX as a performance folding mini-velo, but it is not a stretch to see it as a folding road bike, with its roadworthy credentials.
The FSX is suitable for people who like speed, hill climbing or even hill sprints. The low-slung frame also makes it an option to consider for riders who are petite in size, or simply for riders who like the riding experience of being close to the road.
On an ending note – as one sprints on the TYRELL FSX, with the wind rushing into the face, the lively bike spurring on below you, pulling you along as you pedal, a thought may dawn on you – Do you ride the TYRELL FSX, or does it ride you?
Hirose-san, founder of Tyrell, with one of his great looking FSX
Finally a neat short video showing the FSX being ridden.
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