ENVE Pays Tribute to 2x World Champion Greg Minnaar, with Carbon Minnaarbar

If you can’t swing the the $11,000 for the Limited Edition Greg Minaar replica Santa Cruz V10, you can at least get your hands on his signature ENVE DH Minnaarbar. Taking their previous DH carbon bar, ENVE added 8mm of width (0.3″) per Greg’s specifications and special Minnaar graphics, though the rise and sweep remain the same. Weighing in at 10g more than the DH bar, the 245g Minnaarbar proved that it can take a serious beating in ENVE’s drop testing, all but beating the test rig completely. The Minnaar signature edition will set you back $236, or $52 more than the standard DH carbon bar.

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Comments

Devin - 12/16/13 - 2:52pm

Totally gnaar.

Looking good ENVE.

How many cycles did those Gorilla taped bars at the beginning survive?

K11 - 12/16/13 - 2:55pm

enve- please detune the LARGE BRIGHT WHITE logo that you slap on everything.

Great products, obnoxious logo. (looks like a 90′s tribal tattoo)

Ian - 12/16/13 - 3:00pm

I like the logo, but I don’t really consider how an item looks as long as it’s functional. It’s just black and white, if it were bright colors I might dislike it but I wouldn’t let the graphic stop me from buying their products.

Good testing, as should be for a nearly $250 bar.

Alb - 12/16/13 - 3:03pm

US made?

Kyle - 12/16/13 - 3:08pm

Isn’t 16lbs on each end a bit on the light side?.. I mean..when I come down hard on my bars I’m sometimes putting most of my weight on them and I weigh about 200lbs.. I guess I’m just not that impressed that the bars reached 150 cycles given the light weight.

WBRider - 12/16/13 - 3:11pm

They are quite confident in their product; dropping 32 lbs from 44 inches height in front of a bay window without safety shoes. That’s impressive.

Tyler Benedict - 12/16/13 - 3:16pm

Kyle – we’ve asked the same question, and basically it does simulate some pretty hard forces. On the bike, you have your arms/shoulders/body absorbing some of the impact and the front suspension taking a lot more of it, plus the tires, rims and spokes absorb more. So the net forces on the handlebars are less than your body weight. Impact of the bar to a tree is a different matter, but a lot of manufacturers use a similar strength test.

Kyle - 12/16/13 - 3:23pm

Thanks Tyler!..it makes more sense now.

MissedThePoint - 12/16/13 - 3:50pm

All of their rims are US made. Their bars used to be made in Asia, but apparently they moved it over to the US about a year ago, coinciding with their expansion.

captain derp - 12/16/13 - 3:50pm

@ alb – to the best of my knowledge all of their products are made in their Ogden, UT facility.

Tom - 12/16/13 - 3:53pm

I don’t get why you started the test with a set of Renthal bars taped up apart from leaving there logo exposed. I understand the need to test your competitors products but that is a bit unprofessional. The clip doesn’t show anything negative or positive about the competitors product but just didn’t see how it added to the video.

K11 - 12/16/13 - 3:54pm

@Ian – i agree with you about function, i do own some and like enve products, i would prefer a logo free option. At least try scaling logo down or make it blk on blk if it needs to be so large.

Tandumb - 12/16/13 - 4:19pm

Boooring…. C’mon, I wanna see it explode!

R0b0tAt0ms - 12/16/13 - 4:25pm

So is it actually built to the same spec as the bar Minnaar used this season?

Ayyggss - 12/16/13 - 4:55pm

I wish they showed the failure of the aluminum bar . Plus a few other carbon competors with they’re names showing . There shouldn’t be shame in what you build .

Hannes - 12/16/13 - 6:00pm

Seriously, that video is total bs! Just enve marketing something to people who don’t understand the properties of carbon. CARBON DOES NOT TIRE. So if your wonderbar survives the impact once, it will likely survive it endlessly, given the same conditions. And yes, I find those weights and heights a bit optimistic too.

Mindless - 12/16/13 - 6:50pm

$6.5 per mm of width. Lolz.

Mindless - 12/16/13 - 7:26pm

They should put a few deep scratches on it before testing.

Sevo - 12/17/13 - 12:29am

Kyle-you may weigh 200lbs but you aren’t applying 200lbs to your bars. Really only your cranks/pedal spindles will be coming close to experiencing your whole weight coming down on them.

Hannes-I’m taking an educated guess as someone who has worked with carbon within the cycling industry and outside of it that we’d all be well served to not ride a carbon bar you designed. Thankfully, none of us will. Your armchair engineering observations did make me laugh, so I do appreciate that.

As far as the concern about the weight and height that the weighted bar was dropped from, this is a fairly established industry test that has been around 12 years. The physics of it all I can tell you however replicates a scenario few of us outside say Greg Minnar will ever recreate.

And in all reality, stuff is made pretty damn well these days…even the off brand alloy bars that come in a rainbow of colors that pop up all are quite safe and worry free. These days if you break anything you are either a) lacking of skill, b) have the skills to ride all day everyday.

K-Dub - 12/17/13 - 1:47am

Just wanted to say….the ENVE engineer is extremely misleading when he said “there is no permanent set”.

Carbon fiber does not have a yield strength. When it fails, it just fractures unlike metals which yield (permanent set a.k.a. permanent deformation) before fracturing.

Ham-planet - 12/20/13 - 1:48am

This test is meaningless without a comparison to a competitor’s bar

MissedThePoint - 12/21/13 - 3:24pm

If Enve moved its handlebar making to the US from Taiwan, I wonder why they’re charging the same price, considering very skilled labor over there makes about $4 USD in wages in Taiwan and I would guess they’re paying at least $15 in the US if they’re acceptably skilled. Would take quite some time for the labor here to ramp up product yields per day to comparable levels to the overseas fab, if they can even be that efficient. Those Taiwanese pump out some impressive # of parts in little time. Is Utah subsidizing machinery costs or something?

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