EXCLUSIVE: First look - Pro Stealth Evo bars

Pro's new carbon one piece stem and bar

Just in for a full review comes the new Pro Stealth Evo one piece bar and stem. Most notably ridden during the 2007 Tour de France by Michael Rasmussen the combined stem and bar has been seen onboard pro bikes and doing the rounds of the shows. The bar will be available at the end of November. We will have a full test before then.

The designers at Pro, Shimano’s carbon workshop, have sharpened the look of the new carbon Stealth Evo. The stem now flows into a more foiled top bar top and loses the ridge featured on the stem of the older model. The new profile is a lot more aggressive looking than the older bar.

Underneath there are two guides for gear and brake routing. Neater and better than taking cables around the side. The lengthy guides should also mean you can do without tape for securing gear and brake outers. It’s also good to see that Shimano have considered riders running SRAM and Campagnolo shifters by have two guides.

There’s also an optional bracket for attaching a computer mount. You’ll need one of these if your standard bracket won’t fit that profile of the bar, it also frees up space on the top bar.

A recess at the top’s bend improves palm comfort when riding on the hoods and the drops have a comfy ergo profile, they also have a roughened surface to improve the hold of bar tape.

At £265, in the UK, the new Stealth Evo’s aren’t cheap. They’ll be available in all carbon black or the white pictured here. Sizes available: 42, 44cm x 90, 100, 110, 120, 130mm. Claimed weight is 350g for the 42cm version. Our bars weighed 437g for the 44cm x120mm. The optional carbon computer bracket costs £29.99 and weighs 45g

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