Just In – Syntace P6 Carbon post, Vector Carbon bars and Megaforce 2 stem

by Brian Mullin on November 29, 2011

P6 Carbon HiFlex
The new Syntace P6 Carbon seatpost uses a full carbon tube that is bonded to a 7075 aluminum cold forged 3D alloy head, which has a two-bolt micro adjustment system for the clamp. The carbon tube layup orients its flex longitudinally along the bike frame axis, instead of out towards the sides, for a sturdy yet resilient ride. The innovative adjustment system utilizes a short 30mm upper clamp, and a long 53mm bottom one, allowing for a great deal of saddles rearward positioning, and the lower length supports fragile titanium and carbon rails. The two-bolt’s are pivoted and are situated symmetrical, and give infinite micro-adjustability. The post is available in diameters of 34.9mm, 31.6mm, 30.9mm, and 27.2mm and 300mm and 400mm lengths, and an optional 480mm for 34.9mm. It comes in black and retails for $274, and weighs in around 220 grams.

Measured spec (31.6mm x 400mm): 210.8 grams

Company Fodder
The more intelligent seatpost – now with built-in suspension! The uncompromising advancement in the development of the P6: the new, patented seatpost head, is seamlessly connected to the full-carbon tube by load-oriented fibers, resulting in high durability, extreme reliability and low weight.

The P6 Carbon is a pretty post, with the atypical Germanic industrial ascetics, that has a solid feel in the hands. I squirted a bit of my trusty LPS-1 greaseless lube onto the shaft to make insertion easier and to prevent any sticking issues, and placed the post into my Ibis Mojo HD and clamped it down. I loosened the head bolts about halfway out, and jammed the fat SMP saddle rails into the clamp, without much effort, which is usually not the case with most systems. I alternated tightening the bolts until I got the horizontal angle close to my personal requirements, and gave the saddle some taps to move it rearward, and then tightened everything up to the correct torque specifications. I really liked how simple it was to get the saddle tilted, and that the bolts were located in a spot in which a hex wrench didn’t interfere with the post’s tube. The system was bombproof, stout and very stable, and the beefy bolts could easily be cranked down, and I never had anything slip, loosen or squeak on me. The post offered a very interesting ride, and depending on which way the post was loaded it offered a plush or stiff response. When seated in the saddle jamming down through rough terrain, the post gave a resilient and softened feel, and while pushed off axis for steering and control, the ride was stable and stiff.

The excellent two-bolt micro adjustment system and ride feel, along with its extensive testing, make the Syntace P6 Carbon a superb and rugged seatpost.

Syntace Megaforce 2
The new Megaforce 2 stems are designed for 31.8mm bars and 1 1/8 inch steerer diameters, have a 36mm stack height and flip-flop 6° rise. The stem has a rectangular shape for increased torsional stiffness and lower weight, and has a wide front clamp, all of which help with running uber wide 800mm bars. It is available in 30mm, 40mm, 50mm, 60mm, 70mm, and 80mm lengths, with weights between 107 to 149 grams (respectively), retails for $150, and comes in black only with a flush mounting steerer cap.

Measured Spec (80mm length): 158.2 grams

Company Fodder
Setting new standards. The Megaforce2 design was optimized from ground up, to give exceptional torsional stiffness combined with minimal weight when used in combination with wide and super wide 31.8 mtb bars and with the new tapered (E2) steerer tubes with 1 1/8th stem interface diameter.

The Megaforce 2 stems are a well built, and are stout and burly beasts. The rectangular cross profile of the stem and the front clamp’s width, make for a very stiff and minimally flex-free bar and stem interface, even with using bars of 740mm and greater. I never felt any sort of movement even when really torquing the bars hard, so the new design works extremely well. The bolts screwed in with precision, and the clamps all fit snugly when torqued down, showing the tightly engineered tolerances. It’s a plainly adorned stem, that does the job well, and performs its simple activity in the background, and is never noticed.

Vector 31.8 Carbon Bars
The Syntace Vector 31.8 Carbon handlebars have a 10mm rise, 31.8mm clamp, 680mm or 740mm width and a 9° or 12° sweep. The stem clamp area has an ‘in-molded titanium lattice’, which helps protect the handlebar from any crushing loads, and acts as an anti-slip zone. There is an increased wall thickness under the area where the shift and brake clamps reside for additional protection in those sections. Syntace 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. It comes in black, weighs from 190 -220 grams, and retails for $185.

Measured Spec (12° x 740mm) : 215.6 grams

Company Fodder
Lowrider the superlative. The carbon riser bar that lasts, as you would expect from a Syntace bar – now with the 31.8 clamp standard and in 740 mm width.

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. The titanium lattice kept the bars from moving and slipping at the stem interface, even when using less than the recommended torque specifications. I liked the 740mm width, and it gave great power and control, especially in ugly gnarly terrain. I also enjoyed the extreme sweep of the 12° version, as they provided a comfortable and ergonomic platform, giving me less fatigue and better grip.

The wide Vector 31.8 Carbon are an excellent handlebar, as they’re strong, stiff when needed, yet provided a small degree of damping for a superlative ride, and the comfortable sweep was a welcome change.

Screw-On GripZ Moto
The Syntace Screw-On GripZ is non-slip, with a dual-density and Kraton skeleton with a one-bolt locking system, which is located at the bar end. They are 135mm wide, are 30mm in diameter, can be cut for GripShift’s, and weigh in at 118 grams. They come in a slew of colors, Black, Hot Yellow, Ferrari Red, Brown and White. The grips were very simple to install, and a few twists of a hex key at the proper specification are all it took to keep them rock solid. I really liked how easy it was to take them on and off of the bars, and it made brake and shifters swap outs a token task. I need some more time with them for a better impression, of how they feel on the trail.

Syntace and their Testing
Syntace is located in Tacherting, Germany, just north of Salsberg near the Austrian border, and has been around a long time. They manufacture excellent products, including handlebars, stems and tools, in the usual highly engineered German fashion. What sets Syntace apart is their extensive testing of their products. They literally abuse their products to death, doing intensive corrosion, impact and hardness testing, along with a lot of detailed hand measurements to keep everything to their exacting standards. They test their products with the VR-3, which is a spiffy computerized tester, that can simulate pushing and pulling loads, alternate those loads on either side of the bars, stems and posts to simulate light to hard impacts, and do those simulations in an iterative process over long periods of time. What that means is they can reproduce, in a short period of time, all the punishment that we would replicate over many years of use. Very real-world testing!

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