Update on my Syntace carbon bars:
They kind of transformed my bike.
I liked the stock Spesh 750mm bars. Those were regular alloy mid-rise bars with a good shape. Didn´t think a lot about them, I mean they are a rather simple piece of metal…
But after getting used to the 780mm width and playing around a bit with angle of the 35mm high-rise Syntace Vector, I am absolutely sold. I rode some chunky trails I ride regularly and can compare the feel (only change to the bike were the bars) and I have absolutely NO armpump on segments I had armpump with the alloy bars. My arms are in better shape as I worked out a lot during winter, but still - there is really a notiecably difference. Wouldn´t have thought so. Bought the carbon bars for the bling and their 35mm rise. Had too many spacers on there before.
They feel stiff while riding and the extra width really inspires safety at high speeds and I can throw the bike around quite nice and they seem to really improve the feel. A lot less vibrations. All in all, great update.
Now that my Elixir Trails are starting to crap out, I ordered f+r 203mm Saints, X01 chaingring, chain and cassette (works great, but is shot after a lot of riding and many kilometers) and new tires. Rear wheel is dinged up, but works for now, broken spoke (spot it in the pic?) is replaced, will see if it holds up.
And in August I´ll try to ride that thing all over Vancouver, the Nortshore and Whistler - I am so super stoked for this trip :damn: