Thomson dropped into Interbike 2016 showing off three new alloy drop handlebars. The new Alloy Road bars have a flattened wing shape on the tops. The Cyclocross handlebar is essentially an alloy version of the formerly-named KFC carbon cyclocross handlebar. The adventure/gravel bar has a flared-out drop shape for a more aggressive riding position.
The geometry of the bars mimic the current carbon bars that Thomson already has on the market, including the carbon cyclocross bar that used to carry the Katie Compton “KFC” name. The ‘cross alloy bars will come in 38cm, 40cm, 42cm and 44cm widths.
[Some have speculated that Compton is still riding the Thomson bar because her handlebar tape goes all the way to the stem, covering any branding, but Mark Legg-Compton assured us that his wife is riding a Bontrager RXL carbon bar on her World Cup-winning Trek Boone.]
These new Thomson alloy bars should be available early spring of 2017 and will priced in the $140-$160 range.
Thomson was also showing a new setback seatpost with 25mm of offset. It is a one-piece forged and machined aluminum design for strength. The setback Thomson Elite seatpost will be also be available early spring of 2017 and pricing has not yet been determined.
The new setback post contrasts with the kinked setback Elite and Masterpiece models Thomson has had for years. The setback on the new design is all in the head/clamp area of the post, and offers 9mm more setback than the older design.
More info: bikethomson.com
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