- Spank Flare 24 Vibrocore Wheelset and Flare 25 Vibrocore handlebar
- Price: Wheelset £289.99 front / £379.99 rear | Handlebar £89.99
- From: Hotlines
- Tested: 3 months
“Can you review some wheels and handlebars that are supposed to reduce nerve issues and tingly hands, Jase?” Hannah asked.
I didn’t need asking twice. I’ve been plagued with hand numbness, pins and needles and weird issues when riding my bike for years. It’s been caused by riding bikes a bit too much, back in the days when I used to race for 24 hours at a time with a rigid fork. If I operated a hammer drill all day at work I’d probably call it white finger.
Incidentally, if you operate a vibrating tool (stop sniggering) for more than 15 minutes a day at work, you’re apparently ‘at risk’ of this sort of damage. Hmm, that’s me knackered then. My fingers tingle right now, typing this. Permanent damage I think. Normally I can ignore it but I had to drop out of a race last year because my hands went wibbly. It was so bad that I couldn’t grip the bars, change gear or take my own socks off. In summary then, anything that claims to alleviate these problems or allow me to ride for longer without my hands going numb immediately grabs my interest.
Spank has introduced a new range of gravel-specific handlebars and wheels that claim to reduce fatigue by isolating the rider from some of the high frequency vibration that we all experience when riding a bike. The idea being, if fatigue can be put off until much later, the rider can ride faster for longer.
Luckily I already own a cyclocross bike that I’ve set up with reasonably-tall gears and wide-ish tyres for going out for hours and riding big gravelly circles on (rather than really small, muddy circles for 1 hour) so I swapped my 40mm WTB Nanos over to the Spank Vibrocore wheels and fitted the handlebars, fitting the same thickness tape as my previous bars. If Spank say that their handlebars and wheels can smooth the lumps and bumps as effectively as they claim they do, the comparison needs to be a fair one.
To make the review more accurate, I swapped the wheels and rode the bike before I swapped the bars. Just to see if the wheels were any good on their own and if the wheels and bars were even better as a combo.
Flare 24 Spank Vibrocore Wheelset
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