Truvativ BlackBox Athlete Series handlebars announced

Danny Hart, Jerome Clementz and Steve Smith bars available to consumers

Truvativ has been making custom handlebars for its top athletes since at least last year, and now three models have been approved for public release as part of the BlackBox Athlete Series. 

Included in the trio are two aluminum gravity bars designed for Danny Hart and Steve Smith, plus a carbon fiber handlebar custom molded for enduro racer Jerome Clementz. All will be available from June, with suggested retail prices from US$83/€75 to US$198/€179.

Clementz's bar is obviously the lightest of the three, with a claimed weight of just 240g. According to a SRAM press release, he requested a "wider, stiffer, lighter bar that gives him ultimate control without sacrificing the toughness he needs for powerful sprints and descents". Width is pegged at a versatile 750mm, with 20mm of rise, 5 degrees of upsweep, and 7 degrees of backsweep. Suggested retail price is US$198/€179.

The Jerome Clementz signature bar

The Danny Hart signature BlackBox bar instead uses 7050 aluminum and a generous 780mm width – the same as the popular Truvativ BooBar. Upsweep is the same as on the Clementz bar, at 5 degrees, but backsweep is slightly increased to 9 degrees and there's a 25mm rise instead of 20mm. Claimed weight is 340g and the only available color is anodized gold, to celebrate Hart's status as a former world champion.

The truvativ blackbox danny hart signature edition handlebar will be finished in gold to commemorate his world championship victory in champéry, switzerland:

The Danny Hart signature bar

Finally, there's the Steve Smith signature model, with the same width, upsweep, and weight as Hart's custom bar but with 30mm of rise and 7 degrees of backsweep. Available colors include black and silver anodized.

Steve smith's signature truvativ blackbox handlebar will be available in both silver and black:

The Steve Smith signature bar

Suggested retail price for both the Steve Smith and Danny Hart bars is US$83/€75. 

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James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
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