Swiss component company Ceetec has introduced a lightweight XC carbon handlebar and an aluminum version of the C10 thru-axle, which the company says might be even lighter than the carbon thru-axle model that was prototyped last year.
Ceetec has manufactured its lightweight carbon offerings in-house in Switzerland for the last ten years. Although Ceetec parts have been around the World Cup circuit since the company’s beginnings, 2021 will see its first officially supported team, JB Brunex Superior Factory Racing. The company recently opened its new C10 lab to focus even more on shaving grams off axles, clamps, and other small but important parts, and has increasingly focused on the development of featherlight kit in preparation for the team to race at the Olympics.
The new XCM 780 bar is said to weigh 137 grams, and it survived 3 million dynamic impacts without failure when independently tested by Bike Test Aachen
. Some other key figures include 780mm width, 7.5° backsweep and 2.0° upsweep. Ceetec claims that although it is slightly more flexible than its lightweight DH handlebar, it has a similar level of toughness.
The thru-axles are available in six anodized colors and are offered for both front and rear. Rear axles are available in 172mm x M12x1.5, while front axles are available for both standard (148mm) and boost (158mm) lengths. There is no weight specified for these although Ceetec claims they are lighter than the '30-35 gram’ carbon ones it has previously prototyped.
The new C10 top-of-the-line products were designed with pure performance in mind. Ceetec toyed with making the C10 group accessible to a wider market but now, the company is refocusing on just the Elite racing market. The handlebar retails for 339 Swiss Francs (roughly $382 USD), while the alloy thru-axles cost 99 CHF (about $112 USD). Both are available now at ceetec.ch
My brother in law in NS hated driving long distances for work so he bought a plane. He then decided it was too far to drive to the airfield so he built and paved one on his farm. Then he got bored of planes so he bought a helicopter.
He has peasants that plow the way from his house to his hanger.
Should be spending his money on bikes and a helicopter big enough to fly us and bikes to Mt St Anne for heli-shuttling.
Breaking stuff scares me more than having a heavier bike.
I have never broken a bar or stem, but in my mind’s eye it sounds scary!
I rode an xc hardtail for years with a 135g Easton carbon bar (old school narrow though) and never had a problem.
The overall point here is you need to keep in mind this bar is an expansive niche product for Elite level XC racers looking for an edge over their competitors. It is not intended for weekend warriors, enduro riders, etc. Few if any Pinkbike readers will be buying this bar, I'm not in the market for most of the stuff posted here but I love learning about new tech.
The Hyperlight bar won't pass today's standards. A little while ago, aluminum mountain (and road) handlebars all gained weight to meet the new-for-then CEN testing protocols. Mountain bars have gotten wider too, so it's hard to compare, but road hasn't. The lightest aluminum bar was the Prima 199 at roughly 200g. Now finding an aluminum road bar under 250g is fairly tough.
There's also plenty of pics of old style aluminum bars breaking right at the stem.
The new testing has helped.
Anyway, I have a great solution for solving 'Carbon Obsession Disorder'. DON'T BUY CARBON!!!! Stick to quality metal bikes and components always!
Stay Metal, Protect Your Wallet and Save Your Face!
Same weight: www.haero-carbon.com/shop/lenker/mtb-cross-country-h125-xc-sl
And for the fun mountainbikes there are some proper handlebars: www.haero-carbon.com/shop/lenker/mtb-enduro-h175-ed-sl
Made in Germany. Whats the benefit in paying double the price?
I used to ride a free ride bike that was perfectly capable but 5-10 lbs lighter than my friends. Over the years though I’ve gradually found more value in the stability, reliability, and performance of better engineered products whose primary goal isn’t weight savings.
Will they help me get to the Olympics?
Just seems weird to take something that is a such a great improvement (steering directness from a stiff front end that we finally got by ditching QRs for thru-axles), and neuter it in the name of a few grams. There are much better places to shave grams than potentially trading it for steering quality.
One meaning, that is very common in the bicycle world, is as a[n] (arguably terrible) substitution for "specification", as in "hub standards".
Another is "something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example". So @rodhp is just saying he considers the RF Next to be the model or example of what a lightweight CFRP handlebar should be. Arguable, but not 100% incorrect.
Plus, that blue looks like a nice match for "Fox compression adjuster blue"...
Maybe you don't see the point because you're looking for the wrong point. It's not about making them even stronger, it's about shaving grams and adding a dash of color. Some people care about that, and you don't, and that's fine.
If you don't see the point, look away.
Will need to replace it one day....
Some people hit the gym and lose kilo-grams and still look to shave grams from their 22 lbs bike with a 75 kg weight limit and semi-slick paper tires, because marginal gains.
Some people (like me) ride a 30.5 lbs bike with 3/4 pound of spares and tools shoved in the downtube and intentionally heavy & strong & sticky tires, and skipped the gym for most of the year because their kid was doing remote schooling and there was no free time, and the only Grams that matter are Golden and in a bowl of milk
This is not a standard price for handlebars in Switzerland.
That's different... wonder why they went with such a relatively straight shape?
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