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.