PNW is known for their incredible range (no pun intended) of dropper posts. They basically offer a post for any type of bike, no matter how old, or if there are cable limitations. You could put one on a beach cruiser if you wanted to, no joke! Their Dropper posts, however, are not the focus of this article as you might be able to tell from the title. PNW Components has offered the Range line for a good while now, including their proven alloy handlebar and a stem that you can purchase with or without a GoPro mount. Their range handlebar didn’t need an update but if things are rolling smooth, how can you make them better? Let a pro rider help you design a bar to truly benefit riders.
This is exactly what they did. Kyle Warner has been racing and riding Mountain bikes for some time now so he knows a thing or two about body positioning and how it was affected by the industries recent changes to frame geometry. A longer reach often leaves some riders stretched over the bike and in awkward positions that will eventually result in less bike control (depending on the rider) and more fatigue, whether that be in your wrists, hands, or shoulders. The KW Edition Range Handlebars are designed to move your shoulder blades back into a more natural position with a 10° backsweep and a 5° upsweep.
Material plays a big roll in what people ride these days. Although carbon was taken over every soul they could get their hands on, Alloy is still alive and thriving. Educated riders know the difference between Alloy and carbon and many still choose to ride a metal handlebar for many reasons. The Range Handlebar is constructed out of 2014 aluminum alloy, this material as PNW puts it:
“2014 is a trail friendly material, resembling carbon’s chatter absorbing qualities in a more cost conscious and durable package. It’s lighter than the ubiquitous 6061 alloy, and it’s more supple than 7075 Series.” – PNW Components
The coolest feature behind the handlebar is a collaboration between PNW and Kyle Warner to keep kids on bikes through the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. They have pledged to give back 5% of all sales to NICA. Every purchase has the potential to help the next generation of riders get on bikes, stay on bikes and hopefully, one day, evolve our beloved sport further than we ever could. The man himself said it best:
“At the end of the day we are all big kids on bikes and what better way to keep the sport growing than to give back to the younger generation and the people helping them fall in love with the sport.” - Kyle Warner
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