Big, burly and badass! DH strength without the weight.
- Unidirectional carbon weave
- Up to 25% lighter than aluminum counterparts
- Stiff with excellent vibration damping for those long descents
- 35mm clamp
- Extensively tested and proven design, carbon bars you can trust
- 15mm, 25mm and 35mm rise options
Material // Premium unidirectional carbon weave
Width // 800mm (31.5”)
Clamp Size // 35mm
Rise // 15mm, 25mm or 35mm (.6”, 1”, 1.4”)
Bend // 9°
Upsweep // 5°
Weight // 235g
Zedler is known within the cycling industry as the foremost test institute for bicycle frames and components. Based in Germany, they have been making test equipment and conducting third party testing for 30 years. In the cycling industry, the most common testing standard for bicycles and components, the EN/ISO Standard, is decades old and not really relatable to the kind of loads that modern components see. For this reason, Zedler have created test standards that test up to the EN/ISO standard and then far beyond this, to simulate the most extreme scenarios that today’s components will see in use.
Part of the latest evolution of our handlebars was to ensure that all of the design improvements we’ve made translated in to real-world, measurable increases in performance. Part of this was to build our own test lab and equipment, where we can test prototype and also production batches of handlebars for safety and performance. We also sent our new carbon bars to Zedler to test them to their high industry standard, which allows us to benchmark them against other products available on the market.
The tests in question relate to the fatigue life of the bar, and are designed to simulate the loads that the handlebar will see over its entire service life. These include a precisely designed and controlled sequence of loads on the handlebar in all directions, and also a ‘Push-Pull Test’ which as the name suggests, pushes and pulls on the bars with a high force, in the middle of the test. In the real world, this could relate to landing a large drop to flat after already riding the bar for a few years.
Both the Cutlass and BZA passed the highest test standard available from Zedler, the ‘Advanced Plus’ test. Both handlebars were intact at the end of these tests, and we stopped ‘End of Life’ testing when it became clear that it may take many more rounds of testing to see a failures from the bars.
Low for the steeps
Very nice! 👍🏻
From the moment I pulled these guys from the plastic wrap I knew I had made a great call. The finish was perfect. I admired the aesthetics for a bit before installing them. Finally, installation. Everyone buttoned up perfectly on my ‘21 remedy 8 with the stock knock block stem. I took them for a ride not long after and going from a 27.5mm rise to a 35mm rise was more noticeable than I thought it would be, in a great way. I’ll admit there is a snappier feel to the bars when riding but they ride as rough as my old bontrager aluminum bars. I don’t mind that though, I know everyone likes “compliance” in their bars but I really enjoy the stiffness these bars have. Great for torquing up a climb and make for a solid feel on a rough downhill. They did shave a noticeable bit of weight off my sled of a bike as well. I installed the format grips along with these bars. A solid combo for sure! These bars are as sexy and blingy as they are good riding. Buy with confidence my dudes!
Went to carbon last year and there's no looking back. Full confidence riding this getting into the DH scene.
Going on 20 years of riding and there is nothing else I'd consider over BZA bars and stems. Chromag bars, products and customer service gave me the confidence to push my riding and not worry about some crap component failing. Thanks guys for all your years of work.
Stiff but not harsh. Great looking graphics. The rise and sweep is perfect for me. Definitely a worthwhile investment for your cockpit.
I have an older grey and blue bar and it works great still looks pretty good too.
The finish is holding up but a few nicks. I especially like the textured clamping surface.