Spank Oozy 760 LTD Vibrocore handlebar review£75.00

Lightweight alloy bar

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The new ‘Vibrocore’ version of Spank’s Oozy bar is a genuine weight and fatigue saver. While most 760mm wide alloy bars weigh 300g plus, the Vibrocore isn’t far off carbon weight at 242g.

That’s because Spank’s super-accurate and very subtle XGT (Extreme Gradual Taper) Dual construction progressively thins the bar walls from the midpoint and out through the control zone until they thicken up again at the tips. The bar is also CNC-bent in a single process for accurate symmetry, rather than curved over several different shaping tools. In other words, what metal that's been used is exactly where it needs to be.

The result is a very light alloy trail bar with a low rise (5 or 15mm) and only six degrees of backsweep for an aggressive weight-forward feel on the bike. The refined tube shaping adds a definite damped feel under your grips too, leaving forearms feeling fresh at the bottom of normally punishing descents and noticeably reducing fatigue over several hours as though you’re running a few psi less in your tyres. There’s still a ton of clearly communicated feedback though, and there’s no obviously frightening flex even when you properly G-out the bike. Don’t go too mental though because Spank categorises it as a trail and light enduro bar, not a totally bombproof bar for big hit or downhill use.

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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