Although we haven’t covered Fasst’s Flexx Handlebars before, they certainly have merit in the bikepacking world. Isolating vibrations on the bike means a more comfortable ride day after day, which in turn can result in less numbness, more control of your bike, and less fatigue. We haven’t used one of their bars yet, but we’ve heard great things about their ability to dampen vibrations without sacrificing stiffness while steering. In fact, ultra-endurance racer Kurt Refsnider is a big fan and was using a Flexx bar during his record-setting ride on the Kokopelli Trail this fall.
The additional hardware and internal elastomers make for a heavier bar, though, which is likely why Fasst focused on the carbon version to begin with. They’ve just released alloy versions of their Enduro and DH mountain bike bars, which are claimed to weigh 550 grams (100 grams heavier than their carbon bars) and cost $100 less. The Flexx Alloy bars are offered in both Enduro (800mm width) and DH (810mm width), with 8° and 12° of backsweep. The bars are made from 7075 Aluminum and include four different elastomers; soft (blue), medium (yellow), hard (red), and extra hard (black), which control the compression and rebound of the bar. The Flexx Alloy bars retail for $324.99 and can be purchased directly through FasstMTB.com.
We’re hoping to test one out for ourselves soon, so stay tuned!
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