PRO has targeted full integration with its latest VIBE EVO handlebar, including integrated handgrips that seamlessly transition into the hoods
“As the control centre of the bike, the handlebar is the area where riders devote the majority of their focus, and, as part of the frontal area, they are a source of aerodynamic consideration too. So when you’re choosing how to upgrade your bike, race-comfort and aerodynamically advanced handlebars are more than worthy of your consideration,” says PRO.
The VIBE EVO tips the scales at an impressive 390g thanks to its T700 carbon construction, which features entry and exit ports to allow shifter cables and hoses to run neatly through the inside of the handlebar and out through the stem, while the drops can either be wrapped with handlebar tape or they can use PRO’s specially designed Ergonomic Drop-Grip that’s constructed from a high-grade rubber with a textured finish to ensure both comfort and constant grip even in wet riding conditions.
Rounding out the VIBE EVO is an attachment point for a computer mount, utilizing two rivets that are located underside of the bar/stem area to provide a fixing point for computer mounts (or other mountable bags and accessories) to nicely integrate into the handlebar’s aerodynamic design.
“We looked at the cockpit as a complete system, not just a handlebar and stem. We took into consideration the placement of brake/shift levers and how the shape of the handlebar could provide a more seamless transition for more comfort. There’s ergonomic features for comfortable riding all day long, aerodynamic features with the top shape, and a provision for holding an aerodynamic/pursuit position on the bike. Plus being a one-piece design, the handlebar is plenty stiff enough for all-out sprint efforts. This means the handlebar can suit a lot of different riders,” says PRO Product Development Team Manager Mark Kikkert.
“Finally the integration of the top grip is a unique way to offer comfort and control, while simultaneously keeping the aerodynamic profile and cutting down on the total system weight compared to using regular handlebar tape. With the new VIBE EVO we are entering a new era for integrated cockpits that PRO has been offering for over 15 years,” he adds.
Additionally, the VIBE EVO allows for +/- 2 degrees of stem angle adjustment with a 1 1/8 shim, while fitting of 1 1/4 steerer tubes is possible with the removal of the shim.
The VIBE EVO comes in widths of 38, 40 and 42cm with stem lengths of 105, 115 and 125mm, and sells for €600.
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