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The Ren­thal Fat­bar was in­tro­duced af­ter a pe­riod of test­ing with Dougie Lampkin, with the aim of re­duc­ing weight and im­prov­ing strength and rider feel. The Fat­bar con­cept was al­ready be­ing used in mo­tocross but it re­quired some re­fine­ment to work well in tri­als. With Ren­thal’s back­ground and his­tory in tri­als they had a good un­der­stand­ing of

the huge dif­fer­ence in ap­pli­ca­tion and what is re­quired.

Atra­di­tional 7/8

han­dle­bar with a brace is strong, if a force is di­rected from straight above, be­cause the brace gives it ex­tra strength. How­ever if the blow is di­rected from the front or the back of the bar then the brace has no strength­en­ing ef­fect. A fur­ther prob­lem was that they found the pro rid­ers were rolling their han­dle­bars very far for­ward to get the po­si­tion and ride feel they re­quired. This meant that the han­dle­bar brace was now not in the cor­rect po­si­tion for the job it was de­signed to do.

The Fat­bar uses a larger cen­tre di­am­e­ter and a ta­pered tube, which al­lows you to put more ma­te­rial ex­actly where it is re­quired — near the clamps — and less at the con­trol ends, where it is not needed, to cre­ate a bar which is stronger and lighter. It also does not rely on a cross brace for strength so is equally strong from all di­rec­tions, and is not af­fected by how far for­ward the rider rolls their han­dle­bar. This cre­ated a prod­uct which is 15% lighter and 35%

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