The handlebars are an excellent set of carbon riser bars, that are light, strong, with a wonderful resiliency and feel, and have an optimal width and rise. The made in America stem is one stout beast, that is stiff, well-made and overbuilt, with an assortment of hidden technologies and features. Answer makes some great products, and their AM line of handlebars and stems is a fine introduction to their tough, durable and strong set of components.
ProTaper 720 Am
The ProTaper 720 AM comes in two versions, a 7050 aluminium alloy and the tested carbon model, which is built with a unidirectional 12 outer layer. The ProTaper technology adds material at the clamp and riser for strength and stiffness (the stress areas), and decreases it elsewhere for lightness, and it uses internal and external tapered walls to accomplish those goals. The bars are 720mm wide, with 8 degree rearward bend, and 4 degrees upward sweep, a 31.8mm clamping diameter, and either 12.7mm (only carbon), 25.4mm (tested) or 50.8mm of rise. The clamp section has a trick “Grip Grit” taped layer for anti slippage, and the graphics choices are Gold or White/Smoke.
The ProTaper Carbon 720 AM are a superlative set of handlebars, that are stiff, with a perfect amount of carbon resiliency, which gives a hint of titanium like silkiness, which helps take the rough edges off terrain. The 720mm of width and 25.4mm of rise were ideal, and the width is optimal for most trail conditions that will be encountered, especially when dealing with tight trees. They look nice, and have a cool large weave pattern, and really stand out in bright sunlight,. They were easy to install, and the grip tape section where the stem attaches, made slippage non existent. I abused them pretty hard, and tossed them into rock gardens, ledge drops and heinous terrain, and then preformed admirably. They sustained multiple crashes, close encounters of the tree kinds and lots of sideways fall overs, and are none the worse for wear and tear.
- width – 720mm
- weight – 206.6 grams
The ProTaper Carbon 720 AM are one of my favorite sets of handlebars. They are light, have an excellent silky tactile feel while still remaining stiff, and have a very functional rise and width (25.4 x 720mm), which is about perfect for a variety of terrain. They have survived crashes and lots of abuse in ugly terrain, and have shown themselves to be durable and tough. They are somewhat expensive for a set of handlebars, but can usually be found for less, and the three rise heights allow a great deal of variety for individual requirements.
- Silky resiliency
- Grip tape for non-slippage at stem interface
- Optimal width and rise (720mm x 25.4mm)
- Expensive – although reasonable for carbon bars
Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
ProTaper Carbon 720 AM handlebars Specs:
- MSRP: $140
- Visit Answer Rove AM website at http://www.answerproducts.com/components/protaper-carbon-720-am/
- Width – 720mm
- Weight – 205g & 225g (50.8 rise bar )
- Clamp diameter – 31.8mm
- 3 Rise Options – 12.7mm, 25.4mm, 50.8mm
- UP Sweep – 4°
- Back Sweep – 8°
- Material Carbon with unidirectional 12 outer layer
- Color Carbon
- ProTAPER® Patented Technology – Lighter, stiffer, stronger
- Internal and External Tapered Walls – Increase strength to weight ratio
- Grip Grit area – Non slip surface