VCRC Bike specializes in making ceramic bearings and for 2011. It releases its latest lightweight alloy product, the Team Handlebar and Stem. VCRC came up with the idea of using full 7050 alloy after countless customers and sponsored riders’ feedback. The bar has a seamless design that is slightly flat on the top with a groove under for cable routing.
The Team handlebar has a 31.8 clamp size, 70mm in reach and 125mm drop. There’s a round bend to make the drops comfortable. Available in 42cm (282g) and 44cm (287g), the Team handlebar retails at $79.
The Team stem matches the Team handlebar with every stroke. It stands firm for sprints or climbs as it is made from 6061 lightweight alloy. The stem measures 41mm stack height with 31.8 oversize clamp, 1 1/8 steerer clamp and a +/-6 degree rise. It comes in sizes of 100mm (160g) 110mm (170g) 120mm (175g).
To keep stress away from the steerer tube, there are opposing steerer bolts and torque 6mm on all bolts. The Team stem retails at $59.