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Anyone got hands on (pun intended) on these yet?

I've up-cycled my 3-year old S-works Carbon 750mm bars to my wife's Ruze 650b+ bike and shopping for new bars.
The 10-deg bqcksweep is intriguing, as I rather like a healthy backsweep.

I'm not adamant about carbon bars as replacement, but dont really want a buzzy 350g boat anchor of an alloy bar on an otherwise light steel singlespeed.
I love PNW products, and the price is certainly appealing.

Looking for reviews.

https://www.pnwcomponents.com/collections/seat-posts/products/range-handlebar-1

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If you're looking for an aluminum bar that soaks some vibration...you can always look into the Spank Vibrocore bars. The weight is reasonable at ~270gr for a full 800mm bar. Only thing about their bars is the lack of backsweep. I'm currently using the Trail 760 and it weighs 265gr on my scale. The 6 degree backsweep feels good out of the saddle...but when seated and pedaling...I keep wanting to rotate my wrists in.
 

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If you're looking for an aluminum bar that soaks some vibration...you can always look into the Spank Vibrocore bars. The weight is reasonable at ~270gr for a full 800mm bar. Only thing about their bars is the lack of backsweep. I'm currently using the Trail 760 and it weighs 265gr on my scale. The 6 degree backsweep feels good out of the saddle...but when seated and pedaling...I keep wanting to rotate my wrists in.
Ironically, I just bought the 780 15mm ride Vibrocore bars in blue ano

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It's a good bar if you want the damping qualities of carbon...but don't want to drop the cash for carbon. I'm pretty sure you'll adjust to the geo of bar relatively quick.
 

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I was looking at the spanks as well. Though the geo of the 780s kick them out of the running for me. However the spike 800 comes with or without vibrocore and has "better" (for me) geo with 8 back and 4 up. I'd prefer 9 or 10 back.
What's the scoop on vibrocore? Hype or tangible?

Also regarding the PNW, I'm almost sold on it but I don't have clarity as to the intended use and ultimate strength of the 2014-t73 alloy vs 7075-t73. They recently switched to the 2014-t73 alloy and after much research, all I can gather is that it is slightly "softer" and will bend before breaking.
In short, how robust are these? DH, Enduro, Trail, AM, XC?
The marketing language leads me to believe these are more focused towards the "trail" strength range. Anyone with some insight on that as well?
EDIT: Looking further at these; if they're strong enough for Kyle Warner, I think I'm safe.
 

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I was looking at the spanks as well. Though the geo of the 780s kick them out of the running for me. However the spike 800 comes with or without vibrocore and has "better" (for me) geo with 8 back and 4 up. I'd prefer 9 or 10 back.
What's the scoop on vibrocore? Hype or tangible?
I switched to the Vibrocore bar from an Enve SWP on an Evil Following...and I could not tell any difference in feel of the bar. I think the only way I would really know is to run an aluminum bar for a ride and then the VC bar right after.

IMO...as the travel goes up on forks and tires get bigger...the "feel" of a carbon bar wll matter less and less. I had an aluminum Azonic Flow on my Banshee (150mm up front) for a while and then switched to an Enve RSR...and honestly...I could not really tell much of a difference besides being lighter in the wallet.

When I was able to tell a difference was on my 100mm HT. With an aluminum bar...high tire pressure...the joints in my fingers would be sore after a rough...chattering downhill. Switching to a carbon bar made it a bit better.
 

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Well I ended up going with the PNW Range KW. Finally got it mounted and took it for a ride yesterday.
I like it a lot. It gives me the height I was looking for with the added benefit of a little more backsweep (which my wrists have always seemed to like). It's definitely not harsh and seems to be less buzzy than my old bar. I'll have to get a few more rides on it to give a good summary but so far so good.
One thing is for sure though, the fit and finish is A+++ top notch. This is a work of art.
 

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I spent 3 days on this bar at Kingdom and it was fantastic. I went from a 720mm carbon to the PNW at full length with the intention to cut it. In the end it felt so perfect I didn't cut it, and I saw no drawback going from carbon to alu. I had trust issues with the carbon bar I had so it's nice not to think about that anymore!
 
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