German company Lightweight have today launched their first carbon fibre handlebar, the Rennbugel. A full carbon construction lends the bar a 168g weight and it's available in three sizes.
Lightweight is better known for making some of the lightest carbon fibre wheels in the world, with the likes of the Obermayer and Ventoux. And who can forget their£704 sub-120g rear derailleur. It's clear lightness and performance at whatever cost is the driving force behind the company.
Back to the handlebars. They're made form hi-modulus carbon fibre with a uni-directional matte black finish. They will be offered in three widths (40,42 and 44cm measured centre to centre) with a 31.8mm clamp size. The drop measures 136mm and the reach 79mm, with an ergonomic bend.
Those are very similar numbers to the Thomson Carbon Road bar I tested a little while ago. The Lightweight is 32g lighter size for size compared to the Thomson though, it's worth pointing out.
The bar is finished in black with white logos and there's markers on the drops so you can easily line up the hoods on both sides. The three clamp areas have a roughened surface treatment to prevent slippage. We've not had confirmation of the UK price yet, as soon as we get that info we'll let you know. We're expecting them to be expensive though, and would imagine a price in excess of £200.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.