PRO THARSIS GOES ENDURO
New 35mm Tharsis handlebar and stem for Enduro/Trail riders
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 dialed 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 dialed 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.
SHIMANO INTRODUCES FEATHERWEIGHT RX8 GRAVEL RACING SHOE
Where once riding off-road was done in your beat-up trainers, came MTB shoes. Where once an all-purpose MTB shoe was the answer to all trails, came specific XC and more technical shoes. And now, where once XC shoes were the answer to gravel, a new gravel-specific shoe comes from Shimano.
To save weight the RX8 sheds certain features that come with MTB XC shoes, whilst keeping the abrasion-resistant TPU lugs, heel stabilizer, and the super-stiff carbon composite sole from Shimano’s high-end XC9 shoes for the best balance of gravel pedaling performance and off-the-bike capability.
To match the versatility and variability of gravel racing, the RX8’s upper provides the perfect balance of holding power and all-day comfort, adjustable with a Boa IP1 dual micro adjustment dial. And it’s more than just the rider’s foot feeling that’s accommodated with all-day comfort, Silvadur stay-fresh technology is used in the insole material to keep the shoe smelling fresh ride after ride.
The RX8 tips the scales at 265g (size 42) skimming 60-65g off the weight of Shimano’s XC9 and XC7 cross country race shoes. The weight saving is primarily achieved with a smaller heel cup, no spike mounts, and one less Boa IP1 dial, replaced instead by a Velcro strap.
The RX8 is available in silver or black and comes in EU sizes 38-50 including wide fitting sizes. It is best matched with the Shimano SPD M9100 or M8100 pedals.
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