31/05/2013 | 14 comments
Nukeproof have been making bars for several years now but these are the first carbon ones that we’ve ever seen from them. From what I’ve heard they have been working on these for a fair old while and in the process they’ve destructively tested a huge number of prototypes, and their competitors bars. The aim wasn’t just to produce one of the strongest bars on the market, it was also to produce one that doesn’t shatter catastrophically should it ever fail. Nukeproof reckon they’ve managed to achieve those goals, and the result is a bar which they say is considerably stronger than any of their aluminium offerings, and yet at 241g this carbon bar is around 60g lighter.
Shape wise it is identical to Nukeproof’s aluminium bars with 20mm rise, 9° back-sweep and 6° up-sweep. In our eyes those are good numbers, and whilst there may be a few riders for whom the 760mm width isn’t quite enough, all of us here at Dirt reckon that’s plenty enough for our tastes. Talking of tastes, we also really like the overall finish of these bars. The matt finish is nicely understated whilst the graphics are clean and crisp. The textured surface in the bar clamp area is also a nice touch as you never really want to have to crank your stem bolts up too tight when you’re using carbon bars, yet you also don’t want your bars rotating. This surface finish just helps make sure that’s never an issue. Riders who like to keep their bike in tip top condition will also like the inclusion of two custom shaped clear 3M adhesive patches which you can use to ward off any scuffs and the like.
Overall then these certainly seem to be up there with the best carbon bars on the market, and yet their price is definitely at the lower end of the spectrum. That combination of qualities should make these bars very popular indeed.