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  1. Misc Components
    The signature 11-degree Salsa sweep, consistent and confidence inspiring. What is it Salsa comes flying back into the carbon bar arena with the new Salt Flat. Designed for a broad range of uses, the Salt Flat comes in trimmable 750mm and 800mm options with 11-degree back sweep and 6-degree...
  2. Misc Components
    What is it ENVE is renowned for its carbon wheels, but the Ogden, Utah-based company offers a variety of other carbon components, including its often overlooked stems and bars. ENVE's Mountain Stem comes in a 6-degree rise at lengths of 40, 55, 70 and 85mm. Aimed at broad range of applications...
  3. Misc Components
    If your saddle doesn't fit you well, you're not going to ride your bike. Here's SQlab's Mark Burgener to explain why many OEM saddles don't work well and how you can address the issue. Video: SQlab Ergolux saddle and 3OX handlebars Truth is the saddle that comes on your bike may not be the...
  4. General Discussion
    While the trend in the enduro scene right now is towards narrower bars, many riders are still clamoring for wider bars. To answer the call, Race Face has extended the venerable SIXC handlebar out to 820mm. Previously available in an 800mm width, these new bars are claimed to retain the same ride...
  5. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    Bike geometry evolved a lot in the last few years, and with those changes we've seen a move to wider bars and shorter stems. But there's still a difference in setup based on your riding style. Weight distribution is key to putting the rider in a balanced position. Check out these three videos...
  6. Misc Components
    Behold the 810mm alloy handlebar. Answer showcased a number of new products at Sea Otter this year, but their super wide Protaper Alloy handlebars are what caught Mtbr's eye. Sure other companies make a bar wider than 800mm, but do they make an 810mm bar with a 3" rise at 31.8 clamp diameter...
  7. Misc Components
    Spank's line of alloy bars and stems get a make-over for 2017, dropping the previous polished finish in favor of shot peening. Spank Industries is known for their line of durable alloy components intended for trail and gravity riders. Unlike many other component manufacturers that have utilized...
  8. Misc Components
    The crew from Fox Racing Shox took us out for a test ride near the Race Face R&D office in Scotts Valley, CA. Race Face History In March, 2011, Race Face shut down its operations. Reports were sales orders were strong but bad accounting practices put the 18-year old company in a perilous...
  9. Misc Components
    What is it Riders who appreciate design aesthetics in their mountain bike components should take a close look at the Bontrager Line Pro carbon handlebar and alloy stem combo. Featuring OCLV carbon construction and oversize 35mm clamp diameter, the Line Pro handlebar delivers increased strength...
  10. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    Trends are a funny thing. It used to be everyone ran skinny bars, then all the sudden wide bars were all the rage. While wider bars offer obvious benefits, some riders went too far. Rather than using a bar that's proportional to their shoulder width, many went even wider. These days, it appears...
  11. Misc Components
    Weight with 800mm bar is 339 grams. What is it? The PDent is a bar and stem system that is purpose-built to allow shorter stems. The bar is indented to meet the steer tube beyond the normal meeting point of a round bar and steer tube. A normal bar limits the stem length to 30mm but the Pacenti...
  12. Misc Components
    Carbon generally does a better job of damping or absorbing vibrations from trail irregularities, while aluminum transmits more of those vibrations into your hands. Editor's Note: This article is courtesy of the team at Art's Cyclery. The original post can be found here. So you are looking to...
  13. Misc Components
    Editor's Note: This article is courtesy of the team at Art's Cyclery and was written by Luke Gamache. The original post can be found here. Lowdown: Chromag Fubar OSX 35 800mm Alloy Handlebar If you're looking for an affordable (meaning aluminum) bar, the Chromag Fubar OSX 35 is one of the most...
  14. Misc Components
    It's just a scratch. Promise. A few weeks ago one of our testers binned it on a review bike. He fell hard enough his parents felt it was necessary for him to undergo a cat scan. In addition to smacking his head, he also suffered lacerations and bruises to his face and arm. Once we figured out...
  15. General Discussion
    For 2017, Truvativ is launching a new series of handlebars developed in partnership with several of their premiere athletes. Each is fine tuned for the riders specific speciality and are reasonably priced. To check out the full spec, keep scrolling. All bars will be available for purchase in...
  16. Misc Components
    Lowdown: Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Flat +/-5mm Bar Ritchey's WCS Carbon Trail Flat bar offers light weight and a good width for XC and trail riders. Learn more in our full review below. Stat Box Weight: 183 grams Price: $170 Options: 5mm rise/drop, 9-degree sweep Rating: 4...
  17. Misc Components
    35mm stems and handlebars are now standard issue on most new mountain bikes, so Renthal has updated their entire product line of bars and stems to follow suit (click to enlarge). Mountain bikes have improved drastically over the past few years and most of that progress has come from...
  18. Misc Components
    Tharsis 9.8 is designed for those riders who can't resist the urge to head downhill in the most direct route possible. Shimano's component arm PRO was busy at Eurobike, showing off a host of new gear for both downhill and cross country racers and riders. Highlights of the 2016 line include new...
  19. Misc Components
    Width is 810mm, weight just 267 grams (click to enlarge). High end composite component and wheel maker ENVE lifted the lid on a new downhill bar this week at the Sea Otter Classic. Dubbed the HDH, the new bars is designed to mix precision steering and ride-tuned damping. Here's a rundown of key...
  20. Misc Components
    Shimano's handlebar, stem and seatpost sub-brand PRO used the Eurobike world stage to introduce Tharsis XC, a new group of cockpit parts designed to cleanly hide and route the wiring and batteries of their XTR Di2 electronic component group. The parts can be used with mechanical components as...
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