HOPE Carbon Handlebar 35.0
Hope might be a little late to the 35mm handlebar party, but these new bars are worth the wait. Investigation into existing 35mm bars showed that most people found them uncomfortably stiff and something better was required. After extensive research, testing and even development of a new manufacturing process Hope have produced a bar that even surpassed the compliance of their existing 31.8mm bar without compromising strength. It's been designed for use as an All Mountain bar, but tests have found its strength surpasses many DH bars.
- Completely new laminate construction
- Uses a new revolutionary manufacturing technique
- Optimised carbon laminate has been designed to increase strength in high stress areas and enables the removal of unnecessary material in order to reduce weight
- More compliant for greater feel and reduced vibration
- 100% designed, tested and manufactured in Barnoldswick, UK
- Recommended Use: Trail / All Mountain
- Width: 800mm
- Width marks: allow you to cut the bar accurately, to suit your riding style
- Handlebar clamp size: 35.0mm
- Rise: 20mm
- Upsweep: 5 deg
- Backsweep: 7 deg
- Weight: 225g
Hope Carbon Handlebars 35mm review, mbr magazine, March 2021:
"Hope already has a 31.9mm carbon bar, but this is its new 35mm bore version with a full 800mm width. It's enduro-rated (and even claims DH strength) with indexed surface marking to cut down to 760mm if needed and also help position controls accurately.
The UK firm is highly unusual in making carbon components from scratch in-house, with this bar even using a special manufacturing process and entirely new laminate construction.
On a Hope visit, the brand showed me how it's made entirely by hand from start to finish. Various layers of pre-preg are laid up around a mould and the carbon experts (who've previously worked on Team GB race bikes) have developed a new rubberised sheath to wrap the carbon sheets from the outside for a smoother finish and better compaction on the fibre after it's cooked and cured.
The resulting finish with exposed carbon weave is stunningly smooth. But the 'carbon' look and a more bulbous shape (to get the performance Hope wanted) is something you'll either love or loathe according to the reactions I've had to it.
In terms of performance, the 224g weight is respectively light and the bar lives up to claims of good damping and comfort to the point I loved the ride quality; it feels solid and sturdy steering, but also calm and dull on chatter and repeated hits... If you like the looks, this is clearly a high-quality product, but there's no escaping the £160 price puts it up there with the most expensive carbon bars on the market."
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