Perhaps you remember the Baramind BAM bars. These improbable sounding handlebars flex downwards on impact but remain rigid when pulling up, the idea to provide comfort when you need it and control when you don’t. After spotting the initial concept as an MTB prototype, Baramind first brought it to market in the form of their BAM City bar. Now Baramind is continuing their flexible roll out with a new BAM Trek bar in addition to their MTB bar launched in 2016.
Like the BAM City, the BAM Trek uses specially engineered flex zones to allow for downward flex and upward stiffness. This is accomplished in this bar with a hybrid composite construction that is injection molded. While the bar uses the same technologies as the original bar, Baramind states that they have used the past five years’ experience in making flexible yet stiff bars to improve nearly everything about the design.
As a result, the BAM City is marketed to e-bikes as well as trekking/touring bikes. Measuring 660mm wide, the bar has a 12° backsweep and 5° upsweep. Weighing in at 350g, the BAM Trek is offered in a 31.8mm clamp and only in black. Made in France, the BAM Trek sells for €82.50.