Want a more comfortable grip on your gravel or all-road bike? Who doesn’t, right? Looking to offer a bar with more natural hand positions, Whisky just unveiled their latest bar, the Spano Progressive Flare Drop Bar.

Whisky Parts Co. Spano Carbon Drop Handlebar

All photos c. Whisky Parts Co.

What does ‘progressive flare’ mean? Well, when it comes to bar flare, you usually have one of two options. You can go with a moderate flare which keeps the hoods in the ideal position, or you can go with a wide flare which gives you a wider, more controlled grip at the drops. A progressive flare gives you the best of both worlds. Up top, the flare measures just 12° at the hoods. But down at the drops, that increases to 20° making the bar 6cm wider at the drops when measured center-to-center at the hoods.

Whisky Parts Co. Spano Carbon Drop Handlebar

The bars also feature a  shallow 100mm drop and shorter 68mm reach resulting in what Whisky calls a more modern, comfortable fit.

Whisky Parts Co. Spano Carbon Drop Handlebar

Whisky Parts Co. Spano Carbon Drop Handlebar

To increase rider comfort, the tops of the bars have been flattened to supposedly promote flex, and help tame road vibrations. Offered only in a 31.8mm clamp, bars are offered in 40, 42, 44, 46, and 48cm widths which are measured center-to-center at the hoods.

Whisky Parts Co. Spano Carbon Drop Handlebar

Intended for Gravel or all-road bikes, the Spano bars are available now and sell for $280.

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6 comments

  1. carbonfodder on

    I was hot and bothered on these until I saw the price. too rich for my blood, but a good idea nonetheless. Hopefully they will come out with similar in aluminum for a lower outlay.

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    • K-Pop is dangerous to your health on

      Carbonfodder, if you think about it you’re still going to be paying about $100 for a high end aluminum flared bar. So for $80 you get carbon, lighter, just as strong, mitigates vibration better than aluminum, and a really progressive flair. I was apprehensive about carbon bars and stems too, most of my bikes are metal. But all it took was a Pepsi challenge about a decade ago and now almost all the bikes have at least carbon bars and seat posts except for the commuter. Eat ramen for a wile to bridge the gap, you can thank me later.

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  2. K-Pop is dangerous to your health on

    I was typing what I thought was $280, but for some reason my keyboard misses 2’s sometimes.

    You get my point anyway. If you take the overall cost of the kind of bike these were intended for, that $180 difference between bars is pretty insignificant. People tend to get irrational when scoffing at the price of this or that. Then after some poking you learn they’re riding a bike that costs thousands, so it ends up in a shoulder shrug. Oh well.

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