Here is an update on some new products showcased at the 2011 Taipei Cycle Show. (via Pinkbike)
We are very excited to announce the release of our new carbon and aluminum hybrid flat bar that measures out at a full 29″ wide, as well as the updated lower rise Direct Connect stem.
The Gravity Light OS flat bar is completely new for 2012 and uses a combination of carbon and aluminum to create a wide bar with some unique traits. The new bar will be right at home on the front of downhill bikes.
The new Gravity Light OS flat bar is not only wide, measuring out at a full 740mm wide (that’s 29″), but is also made using an interesting combination of double butted 6066 aluminum and unidirectional carbon. The obvious question is, why combine these two materials? If you were to cut the bar in half you’d discover that the aluminum internal layer is thinner than you’d find on a standard full aluminum bar, and is reinforced with the carbon outer layer. Unlike a lot of carbon/aluminum hybrid parts, the outer carbon layer is not a simple wrap around the metal component. Instead, the two parts are thermally bonded together and the carbon plays a structural role in the bars performance. Gravity calls this Carbon System Integration (CSI)
Gravity Light OS handlebar details:
• Flat bar
• Carbon/alloy construction
• 9° sweep, 4° upsweep
• 740mm width
• Weight: 240 grams
• MSRP $130 USD (approx)
The unidirectional carbon hides a double butted aluminum internal layer.
It is obviously more labor intensive to build the new bar out of two different materials, but it does offer benefits over both aluminum and carbon bars. The hybrid bar offers a slightly different ride characteristic, halfway between a full carbon and standard aluminum bar when it comes to stiffness. But the real benefit comes from the aluminum core’s added resiliency against damage, from both impacts and clamping forces from an over-tightened stem or lock-on grips
The Gravity Light Direct Connect stem gets updated for 2012 with less rise and a sharp looking finish. It also forgoes the multiple mounting positions, instead using a single 45mm reach.