Nukeproof Horizon Bars | Carbon and Alloy Options Redesigned

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Nukeproof has gone into some detail explaining the changes made to the Horizon bars, so we thought we’d share the whole thing with you. Get your nerd on and learn…

Building on the success of the original Horizon carbon and alloy handlebars, for 2020 we have completely redesigned the entire range. After extensive testing from computer modelling, lab testing and importantly on the bike, the Horizon V2 is ready for the trails.

The Horizon Bar V2

The V2 is a ground up redesign, all new shape, feel and lay up in both 31.8mm and also introducing an all new 35mm offering (HZN Stems are also available in 35mm). The new bar profile retains the same angles and rise options but with a unique offset profile. We think 9° backsweep is the most ergonomic angle for your wrists but the trade-off is you lose some reach vs using a bar with a lower degree of backsweep. This new offset design reduces the overall backsweep at the end of the bar as you roll your bar by 10mm. In effect, compared to standard 9° bars, the new Nukeproof Horizon bars will reduce the lost reach significantly putting your bar in the same position as a bar with a lower degree of backsweep whilst retaining the ergonomic angle. To keep it simple all versions of the bar are available in 780mm and 800mm widths.

When we looked at developing our carbon bar, we were confident that the handlebar we had was already one of the strongest on the market, but we wanted to confirm this with lab data. To do this we tested our existing bar along with our competitor’s handlebars in the lab to see the like for like results. We saw some surprising results as well as gathered the data needed to develop a new carbon bar ensuring that the strength and flex characteristics of our old bar remained, whilst allowing us to develop our new handlebar and improve further on the original design.

Overlay of V1 HZN Carbon Vs the 2020 V2 HZN bar

After extensive testing we have optimising the layup. The carbon V2 bars retain a designed degree of compliance to help reduce trail fatigue and small bump chatter but have superior strength figures. To ensure safety and longevity we have incorporate a 3k carbon weave at the bar tips and grip surface. This increases strength around grips/ shifter/ brake lever clamping areas as well as areas where they are most likely to impact the ground. The main body utilises high quality UD carbon layup.

A result of the re-design the V2 Horizon Carbon Handlebar overall weight is reduced by approximately 20g lighter than the previous bar (25mm rise, 31.8mm clamp 252g vs 232g).

The finish of the bars is also improved with a graphic revision. To aid set up, all angle markings are in the riders view to dial in the perfect feel for ultimate control. All clamping points feature particle paint to grip to components at the recommended torque settings.

We’re confident in these bars and continue to offer our lifetime warranty on the Horizon Carbon handlebars.

Particle Paint around clamping points for lock on grip and security

As well as the carbon bar, our ultimate aluminium Horizon alloy bars are also re shaped to offer all the benefits of the carbon bar design. Again, available in 31.8 and now 35mm options and 800mm width. The bar is formed from high quality 7075 alloy and available in 6 colours and updated graphics and finish. Neutron bars are 6061 alloy with the same rise and clamp options as the carbon bars.

Horizon Bar Options

  • Carbon HZN Handlebars: £110
  • Alloy HZN Bars: £60 
Horizon CarbonHorizon Alloy
MaterialUD Carbon with 3K at ends7075
Clamp Options31.8mm or 35mm31.8mm or 35mm
Width780mm or 800mm800mm
Rise12mm, 25mm or 38mm12mm, 25mm or 38mm
ColourCarbon / GreyBlack, Blue, Red, Purple, Grey, Copper

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Comments (1)

    Those look bob on for me, nice!

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