DISCOVER, THE NEW PRO RANGE OF GRAVEL BARS AND BAGS
Bicycle component brand PRO expands its like up to include dedicated gravel bike bags and handlebars.
Building on PRO’s knowledge of making elite road and off-road bars comes the DISCOVER range of flared bars to give riders more control in varied off-road situations.
Options include a 12 degree DISCOVER MEDIUM FLAIR for the endurance/adventure rider looking for better hand positions with an ergonomic top section and more comfort on the drops.
A 30 degree DISCOVER JUMBO FLARE is for the rider looking for better control to tackle more aggressive off-road terrain.
Made from 6066 alloy both bars are perfect for explorations into the wilderness and are at a level where you can cost-effectively switch to a different handlebar if you want to turn your existing road bike in to a gravel bike.
Jelle Damen PRO’s Product Developer offers this advice: “Flared handlebars give you a bigger degree of comfort in the drops, so you can remain there for longer, and at the same time they also give you optimal control and stability on the front end of the bike, which can be necessary when you’re riding off-road.”
The 12 degree bar, which weighs 270g, comes in 40, 42 and 44cm widths (measured centre-to-centre before the flared drop starts), with the drops adding an extra 2.35 cm of steering control on each side.
The 30 degree bar, weighing 280g, comes in two widths (42cm and 44cm) with the 42cm extending to just over 55 cm at the extent of the flare which gives an additional 13 cm range including the flared sections, or to be precise, 6.7 cm on either side.
The bars come with compatibility for Shimano’s EW-RS910 Di2 bar end junction so you can run semi-integrated Di2 wires through the bars and into the shifters, removing the need for Shimano’s junction box underneath the stem.
Complementing the handlebars in the Discover line-up, PRO also introduces four adventure bags for big days in the saddle.
The 8l waterproof handlebar bag (PRBA0052) features a main pouch that can be opened on both sides with a removable cover that doubles up as the handlebar mount. It features three Velcro straps to mount to head tube and handlebar with two ‘shock blocks’ to prevent rubbing and give your hands clearance on the bars. The cover comes with a cord and toggle for easy storage of larger items like sleeping bags or jackets.
The seat pack (PRBA0053) features one big 15l bag that mounts to the saddle or seat post with buckle fasteners and a shock block to prevent sideways play and excessive abrasion on the seat post. High-vis elements and toggle cords feature on the outside and the inner plastic forming plate can be removed to give additional space.
The 5.5l frame bag (PRBA0051) sits in between the seat tube, head tube and top tube with two sections. The right section is for larger item storage with a removable divider. The narrower left section is for food and other items you want to grab on the bike. The bag mounts with two top tube Velcro straps (front one adjustable) and a seat tube strap.
The 0.75l top tube bag (PRBA0050) can be bolted to the frame, which is especially useful if your frame comes with top tube bolts behind the stem. It also comes with removable Velcro straps if you need to mount the bag in this way. The bag itself can be used to store food or valuables with an easy access reverse-pull looped zip and features an opening port for charging cable access to electronic units and devices, plus an external cord and toggle for quick storage of clothing or food.
All items come in an attractive dark grey/green and feature soft Velcro tabs to prevent scratching against frames.
The new PRO Discover bike bags and Discover handlebars should be in stores from October 2018.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. EMBARGO TIME/DATE: Saturday 7th July 5pm (CET)
3. HANDLEBAR WEIGHTS: The 12 degree bar weighs 270g and the 30 degree bar weighs 280g in widths of 42cm.
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