Spank Industries is adding options to the gravel game with their newest lineup of Wing and Flare products. The Wing 12 and Flare 25 bars use their vibration-reducing Vibrocore technology to smooth out the trails while adding stiffness. On the rim side of things, the Flare 24 uses Vibrocore as the top-end offering, while the Wing 22 is a more traditional and price-friendly rim.
Spank's Vibrocore makes an appearance once again, but this time in the form of handlebars where it was first used rather than wheels. Having tested the wheels, I was keen to see what they would do to a set of alloy bars and if the foam filled inner would have a noticeable effect on comfort. The bars are pretty standard from the outside, hitting some good numbers with a width and 5-degree up and 7-degree back-sweep.
The Vibrocore technology in the Spank Spike bar is supposed to reduce chatter and arm pump but does it work? However, lurking inside the Super-6 tubing is a unique Vibrocore treatment that transforms this bar from the mundane to the must-have. The bar is filled with low-density foam that claims to reduce the frequency, amplitude and duration of energy waves coming up from the ground through the front wheel and forks.
By Guy Kesteven. First impressions are of a stiff, no-nonsense bar with precise feedback and accurate wheel positioning. When testing back to back with other bars, we could sense the Spike Vibrocore adding a damped and planted feel to the ride, even on relatively tame trails.
Vibrocore is Spank Industries patented tech where a foam core is injected inside the brands handlebars to reduce vibration, fatigue and arm pump. This technology is now available in an aluminium drop handlebar, the Spank Flare You can get these bars for all manners of mountain bike disciplines but this is the first time Spank have designed a gravel drop bar with the tech inside.
That said, I am ready to give this bar my final verdict. So, what was so difficult about this review? Things are vague in regard to that claim.
Spank however, has seen the light and has developed their Vibrocore line of components. Going beyond just bars, Spank is also putting foam in their Vibrocore wheels, citing vibration reduction and increased comfort. The idea behind foam insertion is that the material reduces high frequency vibrations, which aluminum bars are known to transmit.
We helped Spank design these new dirt drop Flare 25 bars. These are the strongest dirt drops out there, aside from the Nitto Super Flare They passed super rigorous off-road standards.
It starts with using the best alloy available - Super Six. They then insert vibration dampening material into the core of the bar to ensure the best damping characteristics. The bars run tapered wall thicknesses to ensure they are strong where required, whilst being as light as possible. Awesome bars no vibration highly recommend.