Shimano’s New PRO Tharsis XTR Di2 Integrated Bar, Stem Spotted in the Wild
A while back we reported on the new PRO Tharsis bar and stem that Shimano had released just after letting the XTR Di2 cat out of the bag. The bar and stem combo is designed to eliminate as many visible wires as possible while also providing optional stash points for the new battery. All mounted up to Fabian Giger’s Giant XtC Advanced SL 29er, this is the first time we’ve seen the bar and stem combo mounted up with the XTR Di2 group. Running a single shifter and the SC-M9050 display unit, it looks like the wire for the display must still be run externally. The stem design allows for the battery to be stored inside the steerer tube, but as far as we know all setups will require one external wire since they can’t pass through the fork’s steerer tube into the frame.
Check out the bars from another angle, next…
Even with the exposed wire, for a modern mountain bike cockpit it’s pretty clean. No word on whether Giger is running the battery in the steerer tube, seatpost, or frame – but it’s definitely not on the outside of the frame. Anyone care to guess how long it will be until we see a bar/stem combo with the display unit built in? You know, because future.