We Are One had an innovative new carbon bar and stem combo on display designed to better distribute clamping forces. To achieve this, they took a design that is based on the current 35 mm standard but instead of building a 35 mm clamping surface of pure carbon, they built a 33 mm carbon bar and wrapped it with a 2mm alloy sleeve. We Are Once sighted that the alloy sleeve allows for better distribution of clamping force reducing the need to over tighten the stem and gaining some resistance to the stem’s tendency to dig into the bar over time.
The new bar is 800 mm wide with a 20 mm rise and weighs in around 250g. While that may sound a bit on the heavy side, We Are One’s Dustin Adams said their focus is on durability over weight savings and that their 77g stem makes up the weight difference. As a total bar and stem package the combo is extremely competitive in terms of weight relative to other mainstream options.
The stem design is the result of a collaboration with 77 Designz. Both We Are One and 77 Designz (shown below) are offering slightly unique versions of the stem. Stems will be available in 35 mm and 40 mm lengths.
Afton had their full line on display including a new rubber compound for their popular Keegan flat pedal shoe which is claimed to be both grippier and more durable. Keep an eye out for a full review of the updater rubber.