Renthal Announces Zero Rise Handlebar

Dec 5, 2018
by Renthal Cycling  

PRESS RELEASE: Renthal

New Fatbar Lite and Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Fatbar Lite and Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise.


In response to demand from both XC and trail riders for a zero rise handlebar, we have developed the Fatbar Lite Zero Rise and Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise.

Following in-depth market research, it was identified that a 780mm width would give trail riders all the width they need and give the option to reduce width for XC racers.


To align with all our handlebar ranges, the 9 degree sweep and the location of the bend from the centre, puts the rider’s hands in the same angular location from the stem as with all our other handlebars. We also matched the ride characteristics of the Fatbar Lite and Fatbar Lite Carbon, to give the same great ride quality.


Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero
• UD carbon construction
• Ride-tuned flex characteristics
• Market leading 190g weight
• 9 degree sweep
• Abrasive surface central clamp section
• Permanent graphics, set-up grid and cut marks
• 31.8mm clamp diameter
• MSRP - $164.95 / £129.95
https://cycling.renthal.com/shop/cycle-products/cycle-handlebars/fblcz
Fatbar Lite Zero
• High grade 7-series aluminium construction.
• Market leading 270g weight
• 9 degree sweep
• Permanent graphics, set-up grid and cut marks
• Renthal AluGold or Black hard anodised finish
• 31.8mm clamp diameter
• MSRP $84.95 / £69.95
https://cycling.renthal.com/shop/cycle-products/cycle-handlebars/fblz



New Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero Rise Features;

Ride Tuned UD Carbon Construction
The Fatbar Lite Carbon uses a full UD carbon construction. Efficient placement and orientation of the uni-directional carbon fibres maximise strength, whilst minimising weight.
The UD (uni-directional) carbon fibres are layered and aligned to give specific flex characteristics, unique to the Fatbar Lite Carbon, maximising control and comfort.

Trail Geometry
A full 780mm trail width gives ample control in the most extreme trail conditions. With cut marks to 680mm, the Fatbar Lite Carbon can be tuned for everything from 29er trail control to XC race speed.

Ultra Durable with Market Leading Weight
The Fatbar Lite Carbon Zero rise hits the scales at a market leading 190g, for a 780mm width.
Impact strength is hugely important. This is why the Fatbar Lite Carbon is designed to significantly surpass the EN BMX drop test standard.



Fatbar Lite Zero Rise Features;

7 Series Aluminium
The Renthal Fatbar Lite is constructed from exclusive, high strength, 7 series aluminium. An optimised, taperwall tube is used to minimise weight, whilst maintaining maximum strength and durability. The resulting 270g weight is market leading, for a 780mm aluminium handlebar.

Trail Geometry
A full 780mm trail width gives ample control in the most extreme trail conditions. With cut marks to 680mm, the Fatbar Lite can be tuned for everything from 29er trail control to XC race speed.

Hard Anodised and Shot Peened
The Fatbar Lite features a hard anodising surface treatment. This finish is far superior in abrasion resistance to standard anodising, to keep your handlebar looking new.
Millions of tiny steel shot are blasted at high velocity at the Fatbar Lite, leaving a textured surface finish. This process vastly increases the fatigue life and hence durability of the handlebar



For more information on this new product range, visit our website - https://cycling.renthal.com/shop/zero-launch

These products are shipping now - Contact your national distributor to locate your nearest dealer - https://cycling.renthal.com/shop/support/cycle-distributors




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119 Comments

  • + 230
 Missing a big trick if it's not called the "Renthal Flatbar"
  • + 53
 Marketing - *slaps forehead*
  • + 36
 A flat bar with a picture of a riser bar on it. Smart.
  • + 13
 @Thustlewhumber:
At least they didn't call them Akbars.
  • + 1
 Time for them to introduce crossbar for mtb handlebar.
  • + 7
 @Dangerous-Dan: That's a trap!
  • + 3
 @Dangerous-Dan: I get no rise out of that. Smile
  • + 44
 Lame. Give me 100mm of rise!!!
  • + 2
 What about monkey bars?
  • + 1
 @abzillah: LP carbon Kevlar
  • + 0
 well...if you install is incorrectly you can get plenty of rise :-)
  • - 2
 @abzillah: that's racist brah :p
  • + 30
 Amazing how they can write so many words about a bar that has already been out for this long, albeit in different rise options.
  • + 27
 Why do people even like Renthal bars?
They look so damn ugly.
  • + 4
 Can't understand, but the fit is for me spot on. Looks can be better, that's true!
  • + 4
 Because they ride better than any other bar I have ever tried. The sweep and rise just hit a sweet spot for me and I will never ride anything else.
  • + 29
 The color matches the stanchions on my 10 year old fork
  • + 1
 The black ones are aiiiight.
  • + 6
 Have ridden motor for 25+ years and run them on all my dirt bikes, tried a few other MTB bars and ended up back with Renthals. Quality and bends are perfect for me so as stated above I’d never run anything else.
  • + 8
 It because they want to look moto. They're good bars, but there are plenty of good bars. They're also oogly because they don't match a goddamn thing in the MTB world.
  • + 2
 Because they brake easily and that gives people a little extra-kick Wink
  • + 1
 I, and many other, like the way they look. Either way, they are one of the best bars made, alloy or carbon. The alloys can even come on all black now if you don't like the signature gold.
  • + 1
 The look is fantastic, you can spot the renthal bar out of the wistler opening day line. It's a brand image, and if you have never tried one you should. Arguably the most comfortable and durable bar on the market.
  • + 2
 @Rigidjunkie:
I didn't mean that they are bad. Just ugly.
Except the rise they feel just like any other alu handle bar.
I have a cheap chinese 10$ aluminium handle bar on one of my bikes with similar rise that feels just the same.
But it's heavier. It's really durable however.
  • + 3
 @OneTrustMan:

"I have a cheap chinese $10 bar"

"it's really durable"

Does not compute.
  • + 22
 They are bars, they are shaped like this, you put your hands where they go, the end.
  • + 3
 How to overcomplicate piece of pipe you just hold while riding Big Grin
  • + 17
 And here I am, sometimes wishing for a 50mm Fatbar ... Well, I'll keep stacking spacers under the stem Smile
  • + 12
 Same here. Thing is spacers under the stem shortens the reach.... I would rather have a 60mm riser with no spacers than a 40mm with 20mm of spacers...
  • + 5
 @Richt2000: technically, a higher rise bar would also shorten the reach (or the effective reach at your hands anyway), as the bars are usually rolled back a bit. But less than spacers under the stem yea (especially if you have a slack/DH head angle)

I don't mind the spacers, considering how long the bikes are nowadays.
  • + 3
 @Richt2000:
This isn't right. It doesn't matter what the shape of the stem and handlebars is, all that matters is the position of the grips relative to the steerer tube. Use a longer stem, or bars with less sweep, or whatever.
  • + 4
 @SJP: The previous posters are correct. The frame reach is shortened, compared to a bike with that same bar to saddle distance at a higher stack, because spacers raise the bar not vertically, but on the slope of the head tube.

When comparing two bikes with the same frame reach, the one with greater stack is the longer bike (all else equal).
  • - 2
 @R-M-R: SJP is correct. The previous posts are about high rise bar vs. spacers & low rise bar. If you have your high rise bar rolled forward, than you can achieve exactly the same position by spacers plus a longer stem (fashion police might object though) with a low rise.
  • + 2
 @R-M-R: True, but the point is that with higher rise you can roll the bars to get some fore/aft adjustment of the grips relative to the bottom bracket. Yes this is moving the grips off of the steering axis so it's more like changing stem length than reclaiming reach that's lost as a result of the stack height change, but it's a fit adjustment nonetheless that isn't an option when using stem spacers alone.
  • + 9
 Rolling riser bars forward (which is how I prefer them btw) is NOT the same thing as using a longer stem and rolling the bars back, even if it puts your hands in close to the same position -they don't put your hands at the same backssweep and upsweep angles. The longer stem also means the bars "swing" a wider arc around the steerer tube. It's this reason I believe why modern bikes with long reaches and short stems handle so much better than a bike with a shorter reach and longer stem (which may put your hands in the about the same place but does NOT feel anything close to the same.)
  • + 1
 @gtill9000: so I have 3, 10mm spacers and 35mm Raceface riser bars with a 40mm stem. I have the rolled to the position I like but the spacers have eaten up roughly 10mm of reach iirc. Assuming I keep the same bars, can I just get a 50mm stem (10mm long) and have the handling be the same as if I slammed the stem and had 60mm riser bars? I'm 6-4 and would like to the extra reach.
  • + 2
 @gtill9000:
"The longer stem also means the bars "swing" a wider arc around the steerer tube."

This is not true. The arc around the steerer tube that the grips make is defined only by the position of the grips relative to the steerer tube.

Beyond that, we are in agreement. In your first sentences you assume the same handlebar is used with the two different stems. It is usually impossible to get exactly the same position, upsweep, and backsweep with a given handlebar and two different length stems. But, if handlebar/stem/spacers setup A results in the same grip position as handlebar/stem/spacers setup B, they will be identical in handling.
  • + 1
 @Richt2000:
The reach measurement is from the center of the top headset cap horizontally over the bottom bracket. It affects weight distribution even without hands on bar. You are describing something more like cockpit space
  • - 1
 @R-M-R:

Reach it’s from bottom bracket center two steer tube center at top of head tube (I think it would make more sense if we measured to center of bottom of head tube.

Raising the stem on steer DOES NOT change reach, which is important to note because it does not change feets weight on front tire which is determined by chain Stay length+ Front center= weight on feet. reach+ head angle +fork offset= front center.

More weight on the feet is better For everything. feet are for standing and pedaling on. Hands are for steering and controls. Hands arms are not good for Applying downforce and absorbing impacts.

By saying that reason stem changers reach you are all wrong. Racing stem changes, let’s say Horizontal cockpit space and/or stem lenth
  • + 1
 @getsomesy: This is sort of true but also not. When looking at bike geo reach, yes "Reach" is a frame number independent of spacers. However "Reach+" is a term some manf use to determine, lets call it "actual" reach which is more akin to include the "cockpit space" you talked about when out of the saddle. NOW, spacers definitely have an impact of this regardless of the language. It a factor of the HTA, how many spacers etc. I'm sure you know this but that is what these guys and myself are talking about. Its something dynamic that can definitely have an effect. I'm tall so I want longer reach but also higher stack. Those two things don't go together as gain "reach" or cockpit space often comes at the expense of a spacer reduction. I'd like a way to do both, tho I'm already on 35mm riser bars. Any ideas? I'm guessing its just extra stem length to compensate for the spacers?
  • + 1
 @Svinyard: This guy put it into words better than I could have.
As for your question, I've ran a 60mm DM stem on my previous DH bikes for a while, without any issue. Doesn't feel as weird as people imagine it is, but the choice in stems is VERY limited (old Burgtec stems, old Truvativ stems, maybe ENVE is still making theirs in 60mm but that's outrageously expensive). Consider wider bars if you're not too wide already, it helps moving the body forward. Minnaar used to run like 50mm of spacers bellow a 60mm DM stem for example
  • + 2
 @Svinyard: Enve M9 50mm riser
  • + 1
 @Richt2000: what head angel you running? lirl
  • + 1
 @Svinyard to answer the question you posed to me, I've done the exact same thing except going the other direction and frankly didn't really notice a difference going from 50 down to 40 mm stem. I can feel the difference going from 60 down to 50. But if you can find a higher rise bar, I'd probably go that route. If you have a big enough head tube, perhaps an angleset can get you a couple more mm's?
@SJP you're right in criticizing my poor description of what I think happens when you use a longer stem even when you can get your hands in virtually the same position. I agree that your hands would follow the same arc in turns. I do still feel like a longer stem would have an adverse affect on handling but honestly I don't know why. If you imagine a huge stem (like 300mm) and some weirdly shaped bars that came back and put your hands where they belong, I still feel like that would handle funny - perhaps because of weight/leverage somehow? Perhaps it would handle the same? If only there was a way to ride blindfolded . . .
  • + 9
 a negative rise bar is coming next
  • + 3
 FatBar FlatBar Dropbar
  • + 2
 @kazwei: evolution or devolution?
  • + 2
 Niner RDO carb, Thomson XC carb, Syntace Vector Low 10; none especially relevant to the DH reader. With increased stack and reach on late model 29ers, it makes sense to offer a no-rise bar with additional backsweep.
  • + 7
 Don't be putting photo's of riding on one of the most contentious illegally ridden trails in the area please. It's not like Sandy doesn't know any better. An actual local.
  • + 8
 I have absolutely not idea where this is but decisions to show unsanctioned/illegal riding in marketing materials is now going to heavily influence my relationship with these brands and ultimately how I vote with my wallet. Frustratingly short sighted.
  • + 10
 Hes going the wrong way though, its OK.
  • + 23
 Get yer access laws sorted out mate
  • + 10
 Some of the best trails I ride are unsanctioned and illegal. Real trails not machine made boredom. I spent 12 years staying off them.... now I enjoy them.
  • + 3
 As lord of the 'mons' of Shropshire laws do not apply to Sandy.
  • + 5
 photos on illegal trail...we dont live there, we arent gonna poach. relax y'all
  • + 9
 @PaulieAU: The first rule of riding illegal trails is that you don't talk about riding illegal trails.
  • + 6
 Don't be a local and point out when a photo is of an illegal trail maybe? Ima find this trail now. Thank you.
  • + 0
 @justanotherusername: Who dis? you've made me smile.
  • + 0
 @patrickbatemanworldtour89: best comment on the internet today
  • + 3
 'Permanent graphics' eh? What's that exactly, are the Renthal and Fatbar logos going to last longer than five minutes now? I've been riding a Rent Fat Lite for years now, and whilst it's not inappropriate it doesn't look amazing.
  • + 2
 F. My logos didn't make it past their first weekend with plastic plates lol rip
  • + 7
 Down country bikes are going to be even cooler now
  • + 2
 When did they become cool ?
  • + 6
 Ugly as a MF. And i do love and use Renthal on my bikes.
  • + 4
 "Market leading 190g weight"
Do they mean that it's the heaviest on the market?
  • + 1
 Someone launches a swaged piece of aluminium (or carbon). Apparently is the dogs bollocks and requires a write up and rave reputation. S'pose its not as bad as tubes for your tubeless.

Really don't get the meaningless BS in cycling industry at times.
  • + 5
 Since when is 270g a "market leading" weight??
  • - 1
 It's a fairly competitive weight for a 780mm aluminum alloy bar.
  • + 3
 For aluminum, sure. Better question: Since when is a 7 series aluminum exclusive?
  • + 5
 I ride renthal for the 7* sweep. What is this 9* business?
  • + 1
 'Modern' frame geo is likely to require reach reduction
  • + 1
 Take that 9º backsweep and rotate it forward in the stem, there you go, 7º backsweep and 5º upsweep!
  • + 5
 Gets a flat bar, stacks 2 cms of spacers under the stem ????‍♂️
  • + 0
 Makes sense for people with a 29er with a 160mm fork on the front to try and get the front end down a bit
  • + 2
 @onemind123: Not sure why you got downvoted, as if this isn't a thing. The ShortPeopleMafia complain that 29ers are too tall so we get shorter head tubes but then this logic gets carried across the line and you end up with XLs with 100mm head tubes and people running 4cm of spacers. Maybe the smaller sizes should just come with lower rise bars and slammed stems.
  • + 2
 I'm pulling my old bar ends out, I bet I can finally resell them for top dollar along with my old fanny pack and matching k-way.
  • + 1
 I'll take the k-way. as long as it's bright and a large
  • + 3
 I used to love my Element Nickelwide flats back in 2010 on my Balfa BB7, may well give these a try
  • + 4
 Zero rise bars are for commies
  • + 1
 This should have been a reply to @captballjack.
  • + 4
 Oval chain rings, flat bars.... what’s old is new again.
  • + 1
 Oval chain rings are 100% legitimate, everyone always laughs at them. What's so funny? You're willing to spend double the money to make your bike 5 pounds lighter. I literally can't even handle people.
  • + 8
 @Kramz:
You are not old enough to remember Biopace, so you can't see what is funny.
  • + 1
 @SJP: bingo
  • + 1
 Who is this designed for? Must be for short people or something?

I dont think I know a single person who would want a flat bar...
  • + 2
 Still waiting for my 20 bucks carbon handlebar ordered from Wish. I’ll let u know...
  • + 2
 High front end on my 29 likes a flat bar. 9* sweep works for me as well......
  • + 2
 Im sure its a psychological thing but I always want at least 40mm regardless of high the front of my bike is.
  • + 4
 Flatbar Fatbar
  • + 3
 Flat bars on big bikes are back again? It's not even been 10 years yet!
  • + 1
 Ahhh the good old days of 830 flat bars on DH bikes...
  • + 2
 The Fatbar graphics may have been redesigned for this product to portrate flatbars. It looks a bit weird to me.
  • + 1
 Meh.....still not low enough. Let me know when 800 drop bars are available for my enduro rig.
  • + 1
 You take a riser bar and flip it around.
  • + 2
 Zero rise...about the same as my pay packet LOL
  • + 2
 a bit too late to the flatbar party boys
  • + 3
 Y tho
  • + 1
 Uauuuuu... The revolution in MTB.... Woooowww
  • + 1
 What is old is new again.
  • + 1
 Wtf is this Eek I thought we were done with flat bars back in 2010 !!!!!
  • + 2
 Finally
  • + 1
 Fact: ladies don't like bars that don't rise.
  • + 1
 I want to pair it with 110mm stem.
  • + 1
 Flat bars? oh not again! Big Grin its so 2010 ish!
  • + 2
 Aka Brewers Droop
  • + 1
 What is it 2009 again? Who’s asking for a flat bar?
  • + 1
 people who are short and/or have long ape arms, on big travel big wheeled bikes
  • + 1
 @AyJayDoubleyou: meh they normally compensate for that with short headtubes. Flat bars didn’t work then I can’t see them working now if anything bars are getting higher with 40mm rises starting to come out.
  • + 1
 But I've had a set of theese for the last 12 years? This isn't new
  • + 1
 Zero rise would make for a bad day.
  • + 1
 Renthal just make the best bars. End of comment.
  • + 2
 Oxymoron rise
  • + 1
 So down country..
  • + 0
 Short head-tubes and zero rise bars; you too can be uncomfortable as f*ck.
  • + 1
 Remember the titec 118?
  • + 0
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