The control part is what I wasn’t expecting. When things get rowdy, rough, and sketchy, the Drop Grips especially come into play and make controlling the bike a much easier task. I felt a lot more secure while holding these grips when I hit loose gravel in a turn, for instance.
With its massive 30 degree flare and 35 degrees of sweep, the new Discover Big Flare handlebar from PRO Bike Gear is one of the more radical gravel drop bars available today. Guitar Ted and I received early samples for testing, and here are our impressions of the bar after two months of riding.
Vibrocore™- If you are searching out every bit of help you can get with vibrations and comfort, then, yes. These bars will do something for you. My feeling is that this benefit is hard to quantify, but one other thing this handle bar has is not hard to figure out. That is its rating for MTB use.
Living up to its name, the Discover Big Flare Bar features 30° degrees of kicked out, drop section goodness. That’s the most flare on a bar that we have tested.
The Flare 25 definitely does have a different feel. The vibrations I felt were……not muted, they were there, but not the same frequency, for sure. Other bars had a “zing” to them, which I could say might affect me negatively, but as for this SPANK bar, I cannot say at this point that it is “better” for me
Part of the “DNA”, if you will, of a gravel bike’s make-up is a flared drop bar. Traditional styled drop bars are used on many gravel/all-road bikes, certainly, but it is the flared drop bar that you will see most often. These types of drop bars were once rare, and not many people were aware of them until Salsa Cycles started producing them for their seminal bike, the Fargo.