Answer Protaper Alloy handlebars go to 810mm

Enhanced strength means maybe you don't need a 35mm bar after all

Components Pedals Sea Otter Classic

2017 Sea Otter Classic

Answer 810mm Alloy Handlebar

Behold the 810mm alloy handlebar.

Answer showcased a number of new products at Sea Otter this year, but their super wide Protaper Alloy handlebars are what caught Mtbr’s eye. Sure other companies make a bar wider than 800mm, but do they make an 810mm bar with a 3” rise at 31.8 clamp diameter? These things are massive and feel solid. Just what the doctor ordered for downhill junkies in need of a taller bar for a proper fit.

Answer Protaper Handlebar

The Protaper Alloy ($66) is available in 810mm and 750mm and weighs 335g to 290g depending on rise. Made of 7050 alloy and featuring tapered internal and external walls, Answer was able to maintain strength while reducing weight. With stats like this do you really need to step up to a 35mm bar? The Protaper Alloy is available in four color combinations, though options may vary depending on length choice.

Answer also offers the Protaper in carbon form with lengths of 810mm, 750mm, and 720mm but rise is limited. The Protaper Carbon ($150) weighs 215g, 200g and 180g respectively and is available in black only.

Answer Rove R2 Pedals

The 15mm concave platform is for stability and max grip.

Answer also showed off their Rove R2 pedal, which is similar to the Rove FR but with more pin options and lower weight. Answer ran finite element analysis on the original FR design and were able to remove 40g from the pedal set, while maintaining deck profile and durability. Designed for downhill and freeride applications the set weighs 427g. Optional box steel shark tooth deck pins are included in the box. The shark tooth pins are harder and sharper. They also feature serrated edges at the top of the pin to push grip to insane levels, especially in wet conditions. Available colors include Red, Blue, Red Mist, Black and White.

Answer Rove R2 Pedals

Other features include cartridge bearings, stainless bushings, a DU axle, and 10×10 hex head studs. Price is $115.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”

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