XC Gear, a dust bike componentry model based in 2015, have introduced their first product for mountain biking; the Hammerhead 360 vibration damping stem. If arthritis or arm pump often plague your path driving, this cushioned bar clamp may supply a viable answer. Right here’s the low down.
XC Gear Hammerhead 360 Stem
The Hammerhead 360 is predicated on XC Gear’s MAKO 360 vibration damping bar mount for motocross bikes. Wrap-around bar polymers and top-central “shark chew” polymers promise tunable suspension in any path to which pressure is utilized to the handlebars.
The model declare that the elimination of any metal-to-metal contact between the handlebars and the remainder of the bike leads to drastically lowered vibrations transferred to the rider’s fingers. They are saying it reduces the stress in your wrists, fingers and arms whenever you hit bumps. Much less stress equates to much less fatigue which, in idea, equates to driving sooner for longer. What’s to not love?
XC Gear have printed knowledge on their web site from vibration damping checks carried out utilizing the Vibrometer app on an iPhone. The info present the MAKO 360 is ready to scale back Engine Idle vibrations by a mean of 18% and scale back vibrations on bumps by a mean of 38%. If you happen to learn our interview with Dr Lewis Kirkwood (PhD in Mountain Biking), then you realize why that is cool. If you happen to didn’t, go learn it.
The purpose is, the know-how seen on the Hammerhead 360 is already confirmed in a sport the place publicity to vibrations has been proven to have detrimental results on vascular and musculoskeletal tissues of the fingers and arms. Thus, it in all probability works very well for mountain biking too. We’re getting one in to check. The proof lies within the pudding.
On the subject of vibration damping…
For individuals who have an interest on this area of interest (however rising) space of mountain bike componentry, the Fasst Co Flexx Bar is value mentioning right here. Fasst Co are one other firm diversifying from dust bikes into MTB. Theirs is the same know-how that depends upon elastomers of differing stiffness to ship vertical-plane vibration damping. We examined them; take a look at the evaluate right here.
Pricing & Availability
The brand new XC Gear Hammerhead 360 vibration damping stem is accessible in 31.8mm clamp dimension solely with a 45mm attain. They aren’t low cost… decide one up for $399.99.
The suspension provided by the Hammerhead 360 is tunable in accordance with the colour of polymer you employ. Right here is how XC Gear classify the completely different mixtures:
- PRO: Blue giant bar polymers and two shark chew polymers (blue and orange)
- AGGRESSIVE: Inexperienced giant bar polymers and two shark chew polymers (blue and orange)
- TRAIL: Neon Purple giant bar polymers and two shark chew polymers (blue and orange)