One look at the first run of products from Gemini, and it’s pretty clear – this isn’t your average debut. As it turns out, Gemini is the joint effort of the Baides brothers. But this is not their first go at creating, designing, and developing bicycle products. Currently, Jose is using his expertise in composite manufacturing to head up production of UNNO bikes while Roland has moved from his position with Cero to become the chief engineer for UNNO. If you’ve seen the bikes coming out of UNNO lately, these sophisticated bar + stem combos should come as no surprise.
Headlining the collection is the Pollux which Gemini is calling the first fully integrated DH bar and stem. All of the Gemini components are built to focus on racing so they have shaved every gram possible while ensuring a stiff, strong connection from the bars to the fork. To get there, each bar is made in Bacelona from Mitsubishi MR70 carbon fiber with specific internal molds for every size. The Baides brothers have a lot of experience when it comes to composites which is why they decided to actually make the product at home to ensure the highest level of quality and the least impact on the environment.
That also means that there are zero adjustments. Designed around DH geometry with the lowest position possible, the bars are positioned to work best with head tube angles from 62-64°, and have a 20mm rise, 5° upsweep and 7° backsweep. Individual bars will be available in 20, 30, 40, and 50mm lengths, all 810mm wide. Claimed to be as light as 255g, the combo will be pushing $630 with the current exchange rates for the preorder – finished bars should start shipping this month.
Even if you’re not on a DH bike, Gemini still has an option for you. The KÄSTOR is meant for enduro and trail bikes, and weighs as little as 235g. Since you’re no longer limited by the bar-to-steerer tube interference, stem lengths are offered in as little as 10mm, up to 50mm in 10mm increments. Like the Pollux, the KÄSTOR has no adjustments and comes in a fixed 20mm rise, with a 5° up, 7° backsweep, and an 810mm width.
Finally, for the XC crowd, the PRÖPUS offers the same level of integration but with an even lighter configuration of 149-159g depending on the length. This bar/stem will be available in 50-80mm lengths with 740mm wide bars but with a 0mm rise, -12mm drop, and 5/7° up/backsweep.
All of the combos will begin shipping this month and carry the same 537.19 € price tag.