Renthal is a UK based brand with a loyal following throughout the motorcycle world. In recent years, they’ve parlayed that brand recognition into a highly successful cycling venture.
Originally they produced aluminum handlebars and a horizontally divided two piece stem, but they’ve recently released a carbon trail bar, and just launched a new line of trail stems and carbon DH bars.
Their original Duo stem was incredibly popular but because of the split design was only available in 40 & 50mm increments. Any longer and the extra material necessary to make the stems stiff enough would have made them too heavy by modern standards.
This new stem, the Apex, will be available in 10 mm increments from 40-90 mm. They are currently only producing a 31.8mm version. No word on if they’ll be hopping on the 35mm standard.
The company is rumored to be working on an ultra stubby 32mm stem, for riders looking for the shortest option possible.
The stems are extensively machined to reduce weight and utilize a c-shaped handlebar clamp that has a 240 degree clamp. This allows them to use as little material as possible for an XC approved weight, while still offering all the stiffness that big mountain riding requires. Quick Facts:
- Rise – +/-6°
- Clamp Width – 46mm
- Stack Height – 40mm
- Clamp Diameter – 31.8mm
- Length – 40mm, Weight – 118g
- Length – 50mm, Weight – 127g
- Length – 60mm, Weight – 136g
- Length – 70mm, Weight – 140g
- Length – 80mm, Weight – 149g
- Length – 90mm, Weight – 158g
Renthal is famous for their aluminum handlebars but their recent Fatbar Lite Carbon bar has been well received by trail riders. Topping out at 740mm wide though, they weren’t quite what many in the Enduro and DH crowd were clamoring for.
The new Fatbar Carbon is 780mm wide and weighs 225g. The handlebars are available in four different rises: 10mm, 20mm, 30mm, and 40mm. Retail is $164.95.
Via Renthal Cycling