Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series Handlebar Price: $99.99 $66.01 on Amazon
Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series Handlebar Weight (with crossbar pad): 2.11 lbs
Features & Options
- Constructed of the highest quality aerospace grade 7075 aluminum which is much stronger than 6061 aluminum.
- Engineered to “flex” for reduced arm fatigue.
- 8 bends, Mika Metals offers handlebar bend specifications on their website, so you can compare them with your current favorite bend.
- 10 bar pad color options.
- Bar pads are injection molded closed cell foam so they will not break down.
What the heck is engineered flex?
Mika Metals’ 7075 Pro Series handlebar is claimed to have engineered flex. The idea is that they have chosen a certain amount of flex that works best for the largest variety of riders and made these bars flex that much. Having the perfect amount of flex can greatly reduce arm fatigue and improve control in rough chop. Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series handlebar’s flex is controlled through the way it tapers down from 1-1/8″ to 7/8″. They say they found the absolute perfect amount of flex by tapering their bars at the last moment and tapering them down very quickly.
On the Track
How much flex a rider likes is personal preference. I have buddies who swear by Renthal Twinwalls, but for me they’re way too stiff… It can be tough to tell the difference between how much different bars flex. Some people may never notice it, especially if they aren’t thinking of it. For instance years ago, I knew a lot of people running Twinwalls, so I tried them. I didn’t like the Twinwalls for some reason, but at that time (I was in my late teens) I couldn’t tell you exactly why that was. I knew they felt different, but could not explain why. In non back to back testing, I would say the Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series handlebars have more flex than Renthal Twinwalls and less flex than Renthal Fatbars. Is this a bad thing? Not at all. Different people prefer different amounts of flex in their bars.
The Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series handlebars are for people who want more flex than a Renthal Twinwall offers, but also want a crossbar for the feel or the looks. For people who don’t care about any of this and just want some stinkin’ handlebars, the Mika Metals 7075 Pro Series handlebars are just as well made and go on your bike just as easily as anything Renthal or Pro Taper offers. At $99.99 they are less expensive than any other 1-1/8″ bar with a crossbar and don’t cost much more than standard crossbarless 1-1/8″ bars.