When I first heard about carbon fiber bike parts, I thought the main benefit of this material was weight savings. While that’s certainly true, I’ve since learned how tunable carbon fiber can be. When MTB components like rims and handlebars went to carbon, we started seeing carbon parts that were touted for their stiffness, compliance, or strategic combinations of both. Conveniently, they still often wind up being pretty light too.
OneUp Components’ Carbon Handlebar maximizes the benefits of carbon’s compliance and strength, yet they come in at a comparable weight to other brands’ carbon bars. While the bars were designed to reduce arm fatigue, they have a super-thick clamp area to resist crushing and are OK for any rider, with no specified weight limit.
During Crankworx Whistler I met up with Quinn from OneUp Components for some bike park laps. We swapped my personal bike’s aluminum bar with the carbon handlebar for some back-to-back testing on the park’s rough and fast trails. I got to keep the handlebar for a while after Crankworx, so I spent the next few weeks riding trails with it. OneUp Carbon Handlebar – Construction:
The Carbon Handlebar is obviously made from carbon fiber, and it boasts a unique (and patented) shape that provides vertical compliance, but not horizontal compliance. This design keeps the bar from flexing when you’re pulling back on it, but allows it to help absorb bumps and vibrations from the trail. The goal of the Carbon Handlebar is to reduce arm pump and […]
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