Loaded set out to design the lightest mountain bike handlebar on the market with the new Napalm Bars. In order to achieve this goal, the traditional mold of carbon handlebar manufacturing would have to be broken and a new process would have to be built. Traditionally, carbon handlebars are molded around 3 separate pieces and then joined together. This joining process adds excess material and wight. Loaded has developed a proprietary construction process that utilizes a 1 piece, 1 pass layup technique. This process, in combination with the use of extremely high grade carbon, set a new precedent in terms of weight and strength. Tireless redesigns and hundred of hours of testing, allow Loaded to offer this handlebar with a lifetime warranty. At 118 grams and a width of 710mm, Loaded has redefined what is possible.
Strengths: Extremely light weight without the expense of strength. Love the flat, cool design
Weaknesses: needs color options
I've been racing xc and road for 7 years now. I run mostly carbon on my bikes, presently mostly loaded. Their products are dependable. Haven't had any issues yet. When I first got these bars, they felt extremely light weight. I was a little sketched out at first, wondering how they would hold up, but they shocked me. They were fully worth every penny spent. Usually, I like to stick with affordable components, but truth is, you get what you pay for. So I am very happy with sticking with loaded