Answer Gentleman’s Collection and ProTAPER SL Handlebars


Answer had some new handlebars on display at Bike PressCamp recently, including the flashy “Gentleman’s Collection”. This is a series of ProTAPER 780 DH alloy bars that feature a limited edition finish including such patterns as Paisley Daydream and Houndstooth. The finish is very durable and looks trippy. Answer says that each pattern is a limited run so once they are gone, they are gone. But they will be updating with new fresh styles every few months and may even entertain suggestions for custom designs from users and rider feedback. We also get a sneak peek at some forthcoming Pro Taper SL bars.

Video: Scott from Answer shows us some trick new patterns from their Gentleman’s Collection of bars that are currently available. Also shown are the all new 2014 ProTAPER SL series due out in September.

Answer Gentleman’s Collection
  • New proprietary anodizing process
  • Paisley Daydream, Plaid Flannel, Houndstooth and Herringbone new patterns
  • 780mm width
  • 335g (+/- 10g) weight
  • 31.8mm clamp diameter
  • 12.7mm, 25.4mm rise
  • 4° up sweep
  • 8° back sweep
  • 7050 Alloy material
  • Available now from Answer dealers
  • MSRP: $90

Answer 720 Carbon SL (Answer ProTAPER SL Series)
  • New manufacturing process
  • 720mm width
  • 15% lighter with same strength and stiffness
  • 169g (flat), 205g
  • 31.8mm clamp diameter
  • Flat, 12.7mm and 25.4mm rise options
  • 4° up sweep
  • 8° back sweep
  • Carbon Fiber and EPS- Foam Pressure Laout
  • 660mm-780mm size range
  • 660mm weights 115g
  • Available Mid-July/Early August
  • $200-$225 anticipated price range

More information about the new Answer ProTAPER SL Series is coming to their website soon. Be sure to check for news and product info at

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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