Hey folks, Blister Gear Review rode and reported on our new Grid bar & stem. Check out their review below!
Mounted to: Devinci Spartan
Reviewer: 5’9” 155 lbs
Duration of Test: 2 weeks
Test Location: Whitefish, Montana
Gravity has entered the growing field of 35mm bar and stem combos with the introduction of their new Grid lineup. As wide handlebars become increasingly popular, the relatively new 35mm clamp diameter has been catching on – it’s increasingly common to see longer travel bikes spec’d with the oversized bars.
And there’s good reason for this – as bars get wider, there’s more leverage on them. That makes it harder and harder to keep a bar stiff. The introduction of the 35mm clamp diameter increases the bar’s stiffness, and does so without a weight penalty (and in some cases, it even results in weight savings).
Gravity Grid Low Rise Handlebar
The Grid Low Rise bar is only offered in the new 35mm clamp diameter. It does however come in both 760 and 800mm versions – I opted for the 800mm version, but trimmed it down to 780mm. Unlike some other bars out there, Gravity doesn’t limit how much you can cut them down, so theoretically, you could trim the 800mm bars to be quite a bit narrower.
Both the 760 and 800mm versions have 20mm of rise, 8° back sweep, and 5° up sweep. Uncut, the 800mm bar weighed 316g, and cutting it to 780mm took off about 5g.
The Grid bar is made out of butted and tapered 6061 T6 aluminum, which is a pretty common material for handlebars in the bike industry. Some bars, including others made by Gravity, are made out of a 7000 series aluminum that can result in a bit of weight savings, but that often comes at a higher cost.
Gravity Grid Stem
If you’re going to bump up to a 35mm handlebar, you’ll need a stem to match. The Grid stem will hold on to any 35mm bar, and it comes in both 35mm and 50mm lengths. There’s no lengthier options available, so it’s clear this stem is intended for modern frames that have a longer reach and are designed to run a short stem. Both the 35mm and 50mm versions have 6° rise and 40mm stack height.
The fasteners on the stem are all M5 bolts, which means a 4mm wrench will get both the steerer and bar mount tightened up. The Grid adopts Read more