Just In – Answer Products: ProTaper XC Trail and Carbon bars, Rove Stem and Fall Line XC grips

by Brian Mullin on May 3, 2011

I just got a care package from Tom at Answer Products. It included the new ProTaper XC bars, the gorgeous ProTaper Carbon bars, the Rove AM stem and some Fall Line XC grips to finish off the product suite. I just started testing the ProTaper Carbon bars and the Rove AM stem, and they are working quite nicely. The bars are silky sweet and the stem is massively stout, and I am enjoying them immensely, and I am looking forward to some further testing.

ProTaper XC Trail Handlebars
The new ProTaper XC Trail, are 685mm wide aluminum alloy bars, and come in a vast array of colors and three height versions. They aren’t the lightest bars, but they have a good price point at $65, lots of color options and sizes, and are strong and durable.

  • 7050 –T series alloy.
  • All are manufactured with our Patented Pro Taper Technology in the clamp and rise regions of the bars.
  • Available in several new colors, Black, Brunette, Green, Red, Mango and Pink Petal.
  • All the bars have the same Splatter graphics and simple cut graphics on them.
  • Pink Petal has a Floral / Petal graphic that will tie out to some new Women’s Petal Gloves.
  • All bars are available in:
    • Flat -685 width / 3 degree back sweep. , Weight 235 gram, Suggested retail $65.00
    • 12.7mm (1/2 rise) -4×8 degree rise and sweep 685 width, Weight 265 grams, Suggested retail $65.00
    • 25.4mm (1inch rise) -4×8 degree rise and sweep 685 width, Weight 265 grams, Suggested retail $65.00

Fall Line XC Grips
The Fall Line XC grips offer the right combination of cushioning and traction for all-day comfort and control. Lock-on rings make them easy to install and keep them firmly in place.

  • Weight – 118g (pair)
  • Length – 130mm
  • Color options – Red, Gold, Black, Metal
  • Thick pattern grip – All-day comfort and control
  • Leading edge traction logo -Positive grip

ProTaper Carbon 720 AM handlebars
The ProTAPER® Carbon 720 AM is a lightweight, dependable, all-mountain handlebar. It features ProTAPER® technology to put added strength in the clamp and rise sections without adding excess weight at the ends of the bar. Cutmarks make it easy to cut to your desired length.

  • 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

Carbon First Impressions:
They look really nice, especially in the bright sunlight, and have a cool weave pattern. They are stiff, but have a slight resiliency, almost a titanium silkiness, and it was greatly appreciated in rough terrain. They were easy to install, and the grip tape section where the stem attaches, made slippage non existent. They are light, have an excellent feel, and the proper rise and width (720 is about perfect).

Measured Specs: width – 720mm, weight – 206.6 grams

Rove AM Stem
This ain’t no Taiwan off the shelf POS!

  • Rise – 8°
  • Stack Height – 40mm
  • Length options – 60, 70, 80, 90, 100mm
  • Material – 6066 2D forged post CNC machined
  • Color options – Black, White, Charcoal
  • Hardware Stainless with thread lock patch
  • 6066 3D forged post CNC machined
  • Internal & External Tapered walls in stem body -Allows for stiff bar clamp interface without sacrificing weight
  • Includes 3 & 5mm headset spacers and star nut and top cap.
  • 2 bolt opposed steer tube clamp

Rove First Impressions:
This is one stout beast! During installation, everything had a very burly, and overbuilt feel, with large steel bolts and additional material used throughout the build. The ride feel was extremely stiff, and no slippage was felt with the handlebars or the steerer. I really like the front clamp, it was wide, with a nice cross pattern to give full coverage and strength, and still give a sweet look. I was testing out a 80mm long version of the Rove.

Measured Specs: Weight – 177.5 grams and 180 grams

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Kanute May 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I just got the same stem and bars on my Mojo HD. They are great. Did not think a bar could "feel" different or better, but they do. Highly recommend these parts.

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Brian Mullin - Gram and Pastajet May 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I have only used one other carbon bar that had a nice silky feel like this, and it was the Syntace Vector's

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