PRO Tharsis handlebar review

Impressively, aggressively stiff bar

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£55.00 RRP

Our review

An excellent set of bars – but not for the faint hearted
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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.

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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:
Russell Burton

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
Russell Burton

Cut marks go down to 660mm

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Tharsis (15)
Brand PRO

Description Backsweep 8° : Upsweep 4°
Weight (g) 266
Width (mm) 740
Handlebar Rise 20
Material Alloy