PRO is Shimano’s non-transmission component brand, and the kit is usually well dialled. The Koryak doesn’t disappoint with a ‘just right’ feel – it’s a fraction over the standard 130mm width and a millimetre thicker than the skinnies.
We’ve run it on everything from super-light cross-country race hardtails to big trail bikes, and it’s comfy on them all. It does start twisting once you really start hauling, though.
That single ring is potentially good for crushable carbon bars too, but with their shiny nature security is poor. Excellent for lighter applications, though.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.