by Marc Basiliere
June 1, 2016
One of the brands of the purple-anodized 1990s British mountain biking vanguard, Ultimate Sports Engineering -USE- had slowly faded from the public eye as its principals focused on sister brand Exposure’s LED lights. Along with a new website and updated graphics, the company’s offerings have also been refreshed and are now becoming available. While wider bars and lighter weight seatposts are welcome, the £80 VYCE stem is a real eye-catcher.
Available in on-trend 40, 50, and 60mm reaches, the patent-pending VYCE stem uses a single bolt to simultaneously clamp both the steerer and handlebar. While USE has embraced the short-stem trend, they haven’t let go of their lightweight roots: estimated weights range from 114-126g.
The updated “Ultimate” range is exclusive to mail order giant Wiggle. The Vybe seatpost (Shockpost to the grey-bearded and balding) lives on while SUMO-headed seatposts get updated carbon and alloy tubing for lighter weight and improved ride and handlebars grow as wide as 780mm.