Boasting World Cup quality performance, this 6th version of the legendary Spike 800 Race handlebar has been developed in collaboration with some of the best Enduro and DH pros in the world. A unique construction of Super-6™ alloy, processed with Spank’s patented CNC bending and Dual-Extreme-Gradual Taper (XGT) technology makes the Spike 800 Race handlebar a stronger, safer, performance optimized component for the weight conscious gravity rider. Featuring race tuned geometry and a competitive weight, this bar is the most important part of the cockpit for All Mountain/Enduro riding to Downhill racing.
Micro Grain Refinement – Processed alloys
Processes such as extrusion, forging and tube drawing can increase the strength of alloy materials by reducing the grain size. Spank uses state of the art proprietary metal forming methods which further improve grain size consistency and orientation, and significantly reduce grain size beyond that of our competitors. No other bike parts are subjected to the number of drawing steps or level of refinement as those offered by Spank. This leads to greater ultimate strength, toughness, and ductility ... meaning confidence, comfort and safety.
Super 6 Alloy - Spank proprietary blended enriched alloy
Super 6 Aluminium is a specially blended, highly magnesium-silicon enriched, work hardened alloy. Super 6 offers the perfect mix of hardness, yield, fatigue life, and a superior ultimate tensile strength to standard 6 series alloys. It is ideal for the creation of thin walled, super stiff handlebars. Through recent adoption of Super-6 materials, Spank’s Spike, Subrosa, and Oozy handlebars are now stronger, and show greater resistance to deformation than ever before!
Dual XGT - Dual Extreme Gradual Taper
Dual Extreme Gradual Taper technology is a proprietary tube drawing process, afforded by SPANK‘s secret state of the art tooling. Dual XGT technology tapers our bars from the thickest area at the bar clamping zone, slowly and GRADUALLY through the bend zones, to the thinnest areas at the control zones...AND...back to thicker reinforced barend zones, or “Impact Ends”. Tapers that occur over too short a distance, or with defined start/end points, create isolated stress zones where breaks can occur. SPANK has utilized FEA (Finite Element Analysis), laboratory, and rigorous real world testing to optimize the spread of material to where it is needed to withstand the specific forces at work in each zone, while offering better protection against crashes than ever before! The extreme precision enabled by Dual XGT drawing processes also eliminates the need for heavy hand grinding, with can result in imperfections and inconsistency in wall thickness, weakening bars.
CNC Bending - Computer controlled precision three dimensional bending
SPANK went the extra mile in our handlebar production facility by investing in automated Three Dimensional CNC Bending machines, which offer better symmetry and consistency, and more importantly limit material structural damage during the bending process. During traditional bending processes, bars are mounted in multiple fixtures and bent using mandrels around several sets of radius tooling. Each time the bar is fixtured, symmetry tolerances open. Damage caused to competitors bars during this traditional harsh mandrel bending processes is difficult to measure or detect, leaving the rider at risk. Furthermore, the imprecise and rough process tends to leave wrinkles, bumps and marks on the surface of the bars which must be removed by heavy grinding. Of course this can lead to thickness inconsistencies often in the most critical areas. The precision of 3D CNC Bending in a single fixture allows SPANK to optimize further our designs where others must overbuild with buffer material, and to eliminate the heavy grinding process, making our bars lighter, stronger, and safer! SPANK has also taken extra work hardening steps to ensure the stem clamping area of the bar is uniformly cylindrical and true, and as tough as possible.
• Key technologies: Dual XGT, CNC Bending
• Material: MGR Super 6 Alloy
• Weight (g): ±320
• Diameter (g): 31.8
• Rise (mm): 30
• Length (mm): 800 (adjustable to 740)
• Geometry (deg): 4° up x 8 ° back
• Finish: Shotpeen anodized, decal logos
• Discipline: Race / Freeride