There is a clear split in mountain bike riders. On one hand you have the XC/Marathon rider who loves rigid, lightweight and sharp handling components and bikes. On the other side you have the Trail/Enduro rider who wants components that are more robust, durable, and improve the stability and control of their bikes to tackle more extreme riding. Taking up the challenge for Trail/Enduro riders, PRO has made the optimum bar and stem combination to meet their riding style and riding needs.
Made from high-end T800 Carbon fiber, the new lightweight Tharsis 3Five Carbon Handlebar barely troubles the scales at 198g, yet it does not sacrifice on performance for today’s demanding Enduro/Trail riders. With its oversized 35mm clamp area it brings a boost to steering stiffness and greater strength with a bar that’s still compliant enough to be easy on your hands.
The Tharsis 3Five Carbon Handlebar has a 20mm rise with 9 degrees backsweep for greater weight distribution and is 800mm wide but can be cut to 720mm for your perfect fit. An alloy AL-7050 Tharsis 3Five bar is also available in the same specifications, weighing 270g.
To accommodate the new 35mm beefier clamping area on the bars, a new CNC machined Tharsis stem is also available. This alloy 7050 stem weighs 150g and is available in 35mm, 45mm and 55mm lengths, coming with 0 degrees head angle and a stack height of 4mm.
PRO development rider and former professional Enduro rider Scotty Laughland: “I love riding terrain which challenges me as a mountain biker. Technical trails require speed, control and precision. As a rider, having the cockpit dialled is a huge factor and I need to have confidence in the components I use, that’s why I’m excited about the new bar and stem combo from PRO – I want to minimize any doubt and know my set up is dialled when I push my limits on the trail.”
The new PRO Tharsis handlebar and stem will be widely available for consumers from Autumn 2019 but will be available for test riding at Sea Otter Europe bike festival on 1-2 June 2019.
Source: Shimano Europe