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 carbon fiber for flagship level products, Spank limits their manufacturing to alloy blends, as they feel it to be a safer, more affordable, environmentally friendly alternative.
For 2017, they've abandoned their previous polished component aesthetic and adopted something new. Following extensive lab testing which paired shot peen versus polished finish, Spank determined shot peening to be significantly stronger. A cold working process that strengthens and relieves stress points in components, the shot peen finish compacts the outer surface of the material, eliminating potential stress risers, increasing fatigue life and durability as well as overall strength. It also adds UV and scratch resistance.
After investing the necessary tooling needed to perform the shot peening process in house, they've discontinued offering bars and stems using a polished finish, with all product in the 2017 catalog now only offered in the shot peened finish. Bar pricing starts at $49 for the dirt jump/ freeride inspired Spoon series, to $99 for the Spike and Oozy Trail Vibrocore bars that feature Spank's innovative foam core damping.
Spank's Oozy Trail wheels are offered in 27.5 and 29er with three different internal rim widths, boost and non-boost spacing.
Spank's Oozy Trail Wheels have been proven to be durable and affordable wheels for hard charging trail riders, and are now available in three different rim widths in keeping with current trends. Ranging from the old standard to the plus friendly 395+ wheels, the 295 wheelset features a 24.5mm internal width and a 1900 gram (27.5) /1970 gram (29er) claimed weight. The 345 has a 30mm internal width and listed weights of 2000 grams (27.5) / 2070 grams (29). The 395+ has a 35mm internal width and is listed at 2080 grams (27.5) / 2170 grams (29). Available in boost and non-boost hub spacing, Oozy Trail Wheelsets list for $649.
In addition to the new finish for the entire line, a new ano green hub option has been introduced to the Oozy Trail wheels, which pairs well with the popular line of DVO suspension forks and shocks.
Earlier this year, the legendary Whistler Bike Park announced a new partnership for the 2017 season that has GT Bicycles coming aboard as the official bike supplier of all frames, with Spank Industries supplying the entire GT fleet with their unique Vibrocore bars, stems, seat posts and Spike and Oozy platform pedals.
Learn more at spank-ind.com.
This article is part of Mtbr's coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.