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ProTaper drops 125g Hyperlite XC Bar, plus Icon Gold A25 Ltd Ed

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Leigh Donovan’s World Championship bike of 1997 was bedecked with a blinged-out gold handlebar made by ProTaper. Now, the brand are celebrating the good old days releasing a limited edition Icon Gold A25 riser bar. Announced in conjunction with it is a new range of carbon handlebars for Enduro, All-Mountain and XC, a highlight of which has to be the ProTaper XC Hyperlite weighing a claimed 125 grams.

ProTaper Icon Gold 25mm Riser Bar

protaper icon gold a25 rise bar alloy

If the ProTaper Icon Gold A25 isn’t jewelry for your bike, then I don’t know what is. Harking back to Leigh Donovan’s glory days, the Gold MTB Handlebar is now available in limited quantities.

protaper gold mtb bar

The eye-catching color is the only thing new here; the A25 is a staple in ProTaper’s lineup, sitting alongside the A12, A50 and A76 riser bars all made from 7050 aluminum. This 810mm bar has a 25.4mm rise, with a 4° up-sweep and a 9° back-sweep. It features cut marks on each end, indicating that it can be cut as short as 710mm. It also has markings further inboard to help out with cockpit component positioning, and more at the clamp area to help set up the roll position.

protaper silver aluminum a12 a25 a50 a76 riser mtb handlebars
The ProTaper A12, A25, A50 and A75 MTB Handlebars are available in Silver and Black; only the A25 is available in Icon Gold.

The ProTaper A25 Icon Gold LE retails at $104.99 USD, just the same as all their other handlebars in the aluminum series.

ProTaper C12 and C25 Carbon Bars

protaper carbon handlebars 12mm 25mm rise 31.8mm 35mm clamp lightweight
The ProTaper Carbon Bars for Trail and Enduro are seriously lightweight, weighing a claimed 190g at 810mm wide in the 31.8mm option

New for ProTaper are the C12 and C25 Carbon Handlebars, made using a Plastic Foam Lamination process. The relatively new manufacturing method is said to be highly efficient; ProTaper tells us it requires less resin and carbon laminate as compared to traditional manufacturing techniques, translating into a 15% lighter bar that is still strong enough to be ridden on the roughest terrain by the fastest enduro riders.

protaper c12 c25 carbon mtb bars detail

As such, the ProTaper C12 (12.7mm) and C25 (25.4mm) riser bars weigh a claimed 190g at 810mm wide in the 31.8mm clamp diameter option. Only the C25 is also available in a 35mm clamp diameter. Both bars feature a 4° up-sweep and an 8° back-sweep. These retail at $184.99 USD.

ProTaper XC Hyperlite Carbon Bar

protaper hyperlite carbon xc bar weighs 125 grams

ProTaper’s new Hyperlite Carbon Bar for XC weighs a claimed 125g. That’s a 31.8mm clamp diameter bar at 760mm wide. I’m not sure I know of any lighter than that. If you do, drop it in the comments. This one is made using the same Plastic Foam Lamination process described for the C12 and C25 enduro bars. It is flat (0° ride) and has a 9° backsweep, and retails at $184.99 USD.

protaper xc hyperlite carbon bar flat


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1 year ago

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Luiz Fernando
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1 year ago
Reply to  Greg

Protaper hyperlite has a weight limit? Because with this weight it must have

1 year ago
Reply to  Klarf

90kg weight limit. Still really cool but not the same handlebar for sure.

1 year ago
Reply to  Gabe

And at twice the price, and from a brand that hardly anyone has heard of. No thanks!

1 year ago
Reply to  mtbinavl

it’s possible to order at darimo a renforced handlebar lighter than answer.

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