Pinkbike Product Picks

Sep 13, 2013
by Michael K.  

Syncros FL 1.0 Carbon Handlebar

The FL1.0 Carbon bar with a 15-millimeter rise is Syncros' top end carbon bar and is crafted from high-modulus carbon fiber. It is offered in 700 and 740-millimeter widths and has a sibling flat bar which, aside from the lack of rise, carries the same dimensions and angles. The backsweep is tried and true nine degrees, while the upsweep is six degrees (one more than the five degrees the industry has largely settled on). The 740-millimeter-width riser bar has a claimed weight of a very competitive 200 grams and is full of smart features. The stem clamp zone is reinforced to resist crushing and to reduce stress risers, and it is coated at the stem interface with a special material to increase grip and reduce the chance of the bar rotating at the clamp. The ends of the bar have aluminum inserts to protect them from abrasion. A nice feature is the markings on the bar under the brake-lever clamps to facilitate better alignment between right and left lever assemblys. The graphics are very understated, with subtle gold lettering of the Syncros logo and a faint white outline font indicating the FL1.0 model; all this over the raw unidirectional carbon, for a very high-end look. MSRP: $149.99 USD.

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Syncros' FL1.0 carbon bar is a leading combination of weight and width


Pinkbike's take:
bigquotes What Syncros has managed to produce is a very compelling choice for those seeking width without sacrificing the weight or stiffness of the handlebar. At 740 millimeters wide and 205 grams actual weight, it is a champion of the gram-conscious rider seeking a wider bar. It is very rigid and resists flex even under very heavy loading. The added width over more traditional bars provides great leverage to ease the control of the bike on the downs. The quality of the construction and finish is right up there with the best and the bar is full of thoughtful features. Scott brings a depth of experience to carbon construction, so those uneasy about trying a new carbon bar ought not to be afraid to try this one out. The more upward sweep of the Syncros bar felt great, coming off a handlebar with a standard, five-degree sweep. This bar is a winner - Michael Klimek



Syncros AM 1.5 Stem

Syncros' AM1.5 stem falls into the All Mountain category and at 1.5 is the second tier of that group (in fact the AM group appears to be second tier, as there is no 1.0 offering). The stem is made of the industry's workhorse 6061 aluminum alloy and as mentioned above falls toward the lower end of the selection (with higher end aluminum stems being produced out of 7075 alloy, as well as there being carbon fiber offerings in the TR and FL groups). It is available in 60-millimeter (reviewed), 70, 80 and 90-millimeter lengths. The body is 3D forged and features two opposing bolts to clamp on securely to the steerer while the the broad faceplate secures the handlebar using four bolts. The stem flares out from the clamp toward the wide faceplate providing additional torsional rigidity and support for the handlebar. The claimed weight of the stem is 135 grams for a 70-millimeter version. MSRP: $54.99 USD.

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Syncros' AM1.5 stem offers a great combination of performance and price


Pinkbike's take:
bigquotes While billed as a mid-range offering, the AM1.5 stem offers a very compelling balance of weight, price and performance. Syncros' 3D forged body requires minimal machining and the finish is shot peened and anodized. It may not win anyone over with the looks, but is certainly durable. The flared out construction gives the stem added stiffness and provides added support for the handlebar clamp. There was no detectable flex or twisting. The 60mm stem we tested weighted in at a respectable, 148 grams - an excellent choice for the price-conscious, seeking solid performance. - Michael Klimek



Syncros RR 1.5 Saddle

The RR1.5 saddle is a mid-range offering in the Road Race category. The distinguishing characteristic from the mountain saddle is a stretched out rear section allowing the rider more sitting positions than a typical mountain saddle would. It features titanium rails with a carbon-injected base, as well as pressure relief channels and a modest amount of padding, which Syncros refers to as 'Superlight Foam.' Higher end saddles in the 1.0 category feature carbon rails, while the lower end ones marked 2.0, feature steel rails and fiberglass bases. The saddle is offered in only one width at 140mm and it comes with a choice of two color schemes; all black with red lettering accents, or white with a black stripe running down the center and grey lettering. The claimed weight is 230 rams. MSRP: $ 99.99 USD.


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Syncros' RR1.5 saddle provides moderate padding at a good weight


Pinkbike's take:
bigquotes The RR1.5 saddle hits all the requirements for a upper-midrange offering. The RR1.5's actual weight is dead on the claimed, 230 grams. There is actually some padding, the rails are made out of titanium, it looks good and there's even some carbon in the shell. Comfort of a saddle is very subjective and while this isn't what I'd like to be sitting on all day, there are others for whom the shape should work great. Only one width is offered and the added length of the rear section appeals more to those who put emphasis on climbing rather then descending. Grinding up long fire roads benefits from being able to sit back and get a small degree of the recumbent effect going; otherwise, those who do not like getting snagged on the saddle will likely look over this one. The cover material is grippy, almost sticky and that will polarize some customers as well. Overall, a solid offering. - Michael Klimek


Syncros

Syncros was acquired from by a long-time partner, the Swiss brand Scott Sports. Historically the focus of the brand and its reputation have been built on the AM/TR, FR and DH categories where Syncros has positioned itself as a strong contender. Since the acquisition by Ritchey Logic some time ago and now Scott; the offerings have been broadly expanded toward the XC and Road categories. The products in their lineup are categorized based on intended use and are identifiable by their two letter acronym indicating the segment followed by a number indicating their position on the totem pole in each category. For mountain bikes, XR indicates cross country, TR indicates Trail, AM stands for All Mountain, and FR is Freeride; FL category, which stands for "Freakin' Light" encompasses their top flight (typically carbon fiber) offerings. On the road side of things there is RL for Road Light, RR for Road Race and the same FL for the carbon bits. Finally, 1.0 indicates top offering in any segment and number increases the lower you go.


Let us know what you think about this week's Pinkbike Product Picks.







76 Comments

  • 232 1
 why isn't that headset cap in the review ?
  • 56 0
 NEED THAT
  • 84 2
 That was the best looking thing on here today
  • 10 46
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 13, 2013 at 2:11) (Below Threshold)
 I would love such cap being a simplified display from Strava, flashing different colours and simple texts depending on how are you doing. Turns orange: "Killing it!" or red "KOM!" or green "unimpressed" blue "you suck!". If I could get that with low voice from some FPS game on earphones, I would be so much faster right now...
  • 46 0
 That was the only thing i was interested in when i clicked on the post.
  • 7 0
 Ultimate headsetcap. Off scrounging - lots of cheap vintage watches here.
  • 30 3
 You can tighten up the headset only between 6am and 6pm.
  • 7 0
 I see they make two more - one with compass and one with thermometer. That's one of the coolest products I've seen here... Big Grin
  • 4 0
 Stem Captain Clock yo. Can also get compasses I think.
  • 5 12
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 13, 2013 at 3:50) (Below Threshold)
 ahaha compass - this would be retro Strava
  • 4 0
 Yeah where can I get one of those headset caps ?!???!!!!!
  • 6 3
 The headset cap was the most interesting part of this whole post, and no details, where can I take props from the reviewer??? I see someone's smart enough and went with the Gravity Dropper....
  • 6 21
flag WAKIdesigns (Sep 13, 2013 at 6:56) (Below Threshold)
 tjet - your post indicates that you are a higher being that decided to give us his blessing, by taking human form, logging in and writing to us the truth about ourselves, that we are idiots. We shall now contemplate your message in order to change our lives for the better. So wise of you, otherwise you would have to reveal yourself to every single one of us separately - that undermines your eventual omnipotence yet we are deeply thankful! Give us the gift of nuclear fusion before 2020!
  • 4 0
 While reading It I was hoping too get to the part of that... Bummer. Guess my PBR bottle caps stays!
  • 2 0
 surprised stemcaptain hasn't yet made a mount for action cams, or Polar/Garmin/etc riding computers.would be so darn neat and one could hide a high capacity battery in the remainder of the steerer../random thoughts
  • 2 1
 @Kapricorn the Garmin idea sounds sweet, I forgot I got an Edge 500 that has a clock integrated. Waki you sad lonely man...
  • 1 0
 Bottle opener top cap is available, too
  • 1 0
 @Kapricorn, Paul Components out of Chico, CA makes a sweet GoPro mount.
www.paulcomp.com/cameramount.html
Also you could probably mount a bar fly to this www.paulcomp.com/stemcaplightmount.html for your Garmin.
  • 1 0
 I voted for the cap only because it had a watch...and thats cool.
  • 1 0
 Have a look at StemCAPtain.co.uk some on there
  • 1 0
 Just found other web site for them stem caps StemCaptain.co.uk
  • 35 0
 "Nothing for me here", please tell me more about that clock top cap PB!
  • 4 0
 Yee! more about that clock top cap!!!
  • 2 0
 just seent it from another comment on here.. very neat idea!
  • 2 0
 Frown cant put it on my foxy xr!
  • 1 0
 it adds to much weight to my Lauf fork Wink
  • 20 0
 Do you remember when a Syncros stem or a Syncros seatpost was real bling for your bike?... Pepperidge Farm does.
  • 4 5
 I can guarantee that there is no one old enough on this thread that can remember when syncros was the shizzle!
  • 3 0
 Don't forget about the original Syncros cranks. Still have a vintage syncros post somewhere.
  • 4 0
 There are plenty of us who remember Syncros in its glory.
  • 2 0
 Count me in the camp that remembers how hot their seat post and especially the stems were back in the day. They made a cool fork too. This stuff pales in comparison.
  • 1 0
 Ahh those were the days! You could walk right in to Syncros and talk to Pippin about new bling for your bike. Wow I feel old!
  • 2 0
 Really good of Pinkbike to post this review. I just ordered the Stem Captain clock they show that they should have reviewed. Bought the new enduro model in black/black, it has a set screw for keeping it in place instead of just a push in fit. Get yours at; www.stemcaptain.com
  • 4 0
 Let's not even hide the fact that we're just advertising products on this feature anymore eh lads?
  • 3 0
 That's kinda the point
  • 1 0
 Here is that clock stem cap for those asking (or at least it looks similar): www.stemcaptain.com/products/stemcaptain-enduro-32mm

I actually like these syncros bars and that saddle. Actually I think that saddle is too gorgeous to use!
  • 5 1
 I wonder who payed the paychecks at Pinkbike this week...
  • 1 0
 I feel like last night Pinkbike realized tomorrow was Friday, so they just picked a couple of the parts off the many bikes they have
  • 1 0
 StemCaptain is brilliant. I've had an "old" cyclometer on my bar just for the time. Ordered a clock stem cap to get this unsightly accessory off my bar.
  • 2 2
 That saddle is the most painful thing i have ever sat on. i know it depends on the shape of your backside, but i have sat on more comfortable rocks
  • 3 2
 Yes, the clock top cap is the most interesting, review it!
  • 1 1
 i dont think theres much to review. just a matter if it works or not, as well as a website to buy it from Wink
  • 1 0
 The clock cap is awesome. It's made by a small company here in Colorado. All details are found at www.stemcaptain.com. It's awesome having a clock up front as most everyone has their phone recording the GPS track in the pack.
  • 2 1
 Sorry, did'nt see that someone got there first!
  • 2 1
 Clock cock top....more on that Aaaaahahaha
  • 2 2
 I don't want to see the time all the dammmm time when I ride . I ride to be free Evan if that's for a hour .
  • 3 1
 A hour?
  • 4 1
 How will you know it's an hour?
  • 2 0
 Who is Evan and why can he only be out for an hour?
  • 2 0
 Evan is a very busy guy.
  • 2 0
 Evan is hiding from he's rushed spelling screw ups ..........
  • 2 0
 I want turn signals
  • 1 1
 well... the only thing I liked isn't included! someone please make a top cap - pocket watch conversion kit!!!
  • 1 0
 Got a thermometer stem clock gives an added feature in winter cycling from Stemcaptain.co.uk
  • 2 1
 Stem cap Clock!!!!! SOLD Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Got mine today from StemCAPtain.co.uk its MINT!!
  • 1 0
 Gonna order one those stemcap clocks thingys
  • 1 1
 Where's the button for the top cap....cause i want one of those!
  • 1 0
 Got mine @ Stemcaptain.co.uk
  • 2 2
 Nice varied selection of products there Pinkbike....
  • 1 3
 PINKBIKE IS OFFICIALLY GONE TO SHIT..... Thanks for pushing your brands on us... lol (do you guys even try at hiding your product placement anymore?)
  • 2 0
 oh no! run for the hills, it's marketing! god forbid there be a way for people to find out about products they want to spend their money on
  • 1 0
 You mean our users don't all donate to us? We will have to sell advertising space? THE HORROR!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 the clock seems funny
  • 2 3
 Go to stemcaptain.com, I think I'm getting me one!!!! Or three!!
  • 1 1
 im sure they will thank you for this later
  • 1 0
 Have one of them stemcap clocks very impressive from Stemcaptain.co.uk
  • 1 2
 The seatpost and the stem cap are more appealing to me.
  • 1 2
 i want that watch so bad...that i am crying in my bed
  • 1 2
 Its a Syncros day!
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