Explained5webFlexx handlebars are tunable handlebars designed to absorb high-frequency abuse and vibration while protecting the rider from catastrophic impacts. High-frequency abuse is all the chop, stutters, braking and accelerating bumps, rocks, roots, square edges, etc. that greatly fatigues a rider over the course of a riding session. Flexx handlebars absorb the abuse instead of transferring it to the rider’s hands, wrists, arms, elbows and shoulders so the rider can ride longer, charge harder and maintain fast lap times. In a catastrophic impact, like facing a jump, hitting a G-out or flat landings, Flexx handlebars spread the impact, again absorbing the abuse instead of transferring it to the body. When facing a jump with Flexx handlebars, the rider will feel more impact in the feet and lower back, but not in the upper body.
One common fear riders who have not ridden with Flexx handlebars have is that they will feel the bar moving or that it will feel mushy, making the front suspension work differently. This is not the case. Flexx handlebars are designed to articulate near the same plane as the suspension in a natural motion for the body. Just as with any shock absorber, setup for rider comfort and confidence is important. On a properly setup Flexx handlebar, riders do not notice the bars at all, as they have the same feel ergonomically as traditional bars. What the rider does notice is the front end tracking really well, or a general smoothness to the front end. Additionally, the rider notices being able to charge rough sections harder, as well as ride more laps or miles with less fatigue.
Explaine2webCole Townsend from Fasst Company told us, “A top pro who rode with Flexx handlebars for several seasons before having to switch to a traditional bar that his new team was paid to use commented, ‘With Flexx handlebars, I can concentrate on my line selection and riding instead of just trying to hold onto the bike when it gets gnarly.’”
Fasst Company spent a tremendous amount of time on the “feel” the bar has in the rider’s hands. The easiest way to explain the difference that the materials make is hitting a baseball with a wooden bat versus an aluminum bat. The action is the same, but the feeling when making contact with the ball is extremely different. Riders have an intuitive sense of what the bike feels like, and obviously that helps them control the bike. Townsend adds, “We don’t want to change that feel. Our goal with Flexx handlebars is to have the same feeling in your hands as a traditional bar, but without all the spikes and abuse shooting through your hands.”
In general, Fasst Company has two customer profiles: riders who are looking to have a better day on the bike, and racers who are using the bars to allow them to ride longer and charge harder. Because of how tunable Flexx handlebars are, they can be set up for each rider’s particular needs. Additionally, riders who spend a lot of time on the bike tend to develop chronic hand and arm issues like carpel tunnel and tendinitis, which are typically brought on by hours of abuse being transferred through the bar. Because Flexx handlebars absorb abuse, chronic injuries are greatly diminished, or their effects are drastically reduced if the chronic injury is already inflamed.
Flexx handlebars are highly tunable. Fasst Company offers five compression and three rebound elastomers in total. Three additional compression and two rebound elastomers come with the bar when purchased. This allows each rider to adjust the Flexx handlebars to his specific preference. Each compression elastomer is further tunable by threading the lock nut in or out.
Flexx handlebars are offered in five sweeps, three heights and four widths, which allows Fasst Company to work with riders to find out what their personal ergonomic needs are and match them to the correct bend. The new Low handlebar is designed to work on sub-mount damper setups and is the lowest bar on the market at 63mm. They also offer bends and the necessary hardware to install Flexx handlebars on adventure bikes with specific bends for each model. o
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