The Vector 31.8 Carbon is not only strong, but they have the excellent absorption and damping qualities that are common to the carbon fiber material. Even with the damping attributes, the bars still have a great stiffness to them, and the two properties together give incredible steering abilities, giving rise to laser like qualities even while bashing them through the roughest terrain. As I stated at the beginning of the article, the bars have a titanium feel to them, but due to the carbon’s stiffness, they have none of the usual flex issues that are synonymous with titanium bars.
Weight 189 g (verified at 190.7 grams)
Width 680 mm
Rise 10 mm
Clamp Ø 31.8 mm
Sweep 9° or 12° (12° tested)
The Vector 318′s have a couple of interesting features. One feature is that the clamp area has some extra protection that has been added to it. It has what they call an ‘in-molded titanium lattice’, which helps protect the handlebar from the crushing loads of a stem clamp. You can see it in the picture as sort of a glued on tape zone under the stem clamp. It also provides a nice anti-slip section, since it has a tackiness to it that helps prevents movement. I have never had the bars slip on me as yet, something I can’t say about any other bars I have ever owned! Another hidden detail of the bars, is that there is an increased wall thickness under the area where the shift and brake clamps reside.
Although the handlebars look a bit shiny and slipperier, I had the darnedest time getting the grips to slide onto the handlebar ends. I used more than a few choice words during the escapade of getting the grips installed.
Syntace uses a new type of carbon fiber, and utilizes a complex arrangement of the individual fiber layers, combined with loading them in an optimized cross section to give a resilient, strong and stiff bar.