PRO Tharsis handlebar review£55.00

Impressively, aggressively stiff bar

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Shimano-owned PRO works with a lot of top riders to produce ‘signature’ products – but its own bars are distinctive performers too. You can tell the Tharsis is seriously stiff straight away.

There’s zero deflection whichever direction you’re pushing it in and dramatically clear ground feel through your grips. It has slightly less up- and backsweep than most bars too, which increases the aggressive feel. 

The tharsis's uncompromising feel means sturdy arms and/or forgiving grips are crucial:
The tharsis's uncompromising feel means sturdy arms and/or forgiving grips are crucial:

The Tharsis's uncompromising feel means sturdy arms and/or forgiving grips are crucial

It’s light too, and while 740mm might not be enough width for power steering fans, it’s more than enough for most XC riders and there are cut marks right down to a Euro friendly 660mm. 

Cut marks go down to 660mm: cut marks go down to 660mm
Cut marks go down to 660mm: cut marks go down to 660mm

Cut marks go down to 660mm

The aggressive feel can take its toll on your wrists, palms and arms pretty quickly on hard, rocky or icy trails though, so it's essential to fit the right grips – or just toughen up.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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