Truvativ is celebrating some of gravity mountain biking’s recent heroes with a special new series of their Descendant alloy and carbon mountain bike bars. From Kyle Strait repeating at the Red Bull Rampage to Stevie Smith’s multiple World Cup DH wins, with slopestyler Martin Söderström and enduro shredder Jérôme Clémentz in between, the Descendant CoLab series is about trying to celebrate what makes a rider a legend. Each of the bars picks up on an element of one of these great riders and gets a unique graphic treatment to inspire us to ride harder. Check out the first four components at the start of the new CoLab series…
The Kyle Strait Descendant CoLab bar is a 808mm wide, 25mm rise aluminum bar ready to deliver a ton of leverage to huck off the biggest and dumbest gap jump you can find. Kyle picked the graphic for the bar and came away with the oh so subtle American eagle so you can’t forget where he comes from. In 7050 alloy, the 5° up & 9° back sweep bar weighs in at 349g and sells for $80/85€/65£.
The tall Swede Martin Söderström adds a bit of nationalism to his look too, albeit in a more staid blue and gold stripe. Otherwise his signature 7075 aluminum bar is a bit narrower at 780mm to better suit his own slopestyle discipline, and the fact that he’s less likely to keep it straight for very long. The 25mm rise bar even gets highlighted cut marks to the 740mm width he rides himself. Martin’s bar gets a simple look with the dates and location of his most dramatic crashes, as something of talisman to ward off the next big crash. With 5° up & 7° back sweep the bar weighs a bit less at 340g and will sell for the same $80/85€/65£.
Next up is Frenchman Jérôme Clementz who we caught up with earlier this summer to see what he packed for his many Enduro World Series wins, and for regular trail riding. He was riding a previous iteration of a personalized carbon Descendant bar when we saw him, but now might have a new CoLab version to pick from. Jey’s new signature 20mm rise carbon bar is 750mm wide and get’s his own JC logo in sponsor-correct Cannondale green inside of the stem clamping area, plus a nod to his nickname as a bird flying through the trees. His carbon bar gets 5° of upsweep and 7° backsweep, and tips the scales at 219g for $160/175€/135£.
Lastly, Long Live Chainsaw. After the death of Stevie Smith following a motorcycle accident earlier this year, we’ve seen a number of tributes, from t-shirts to stickers to fenders on a ton of DH bikes. Now after getting the OK from his surviving family Truvativ is joining in a bit, with a signature Chainsaw bar to raise money for his legacy foundation. The Descendant Steve Smith bar commemorates the brilliant riding of Canada’s greatest DH racer. The 780mm wide, 7075 alloy bar gets straight to the punch with Stevie’s well-known nickname and a bit of Canadian red.
The alloy bar gets the same specs as the Söderström and the same price, but this time the profits from its sale are going to go to benefit the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation. The Foundation was set up this summer to see that the next generation of mountain bikers will get to carry on like Stevie, and ride their way to the podium.