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Truvativ launches new Blackbox Athlete Series

BlackBox. It started nearly two decades ago with the original RockShox BoXXer and the desire to provide completely personalized support to a special group of riders. In this relentless pursuit of the podium, no rider request was too crazy or too costly—the average yearly salary of a pro mountain biker wouldn’t have covered the manufacturing cost of those first generation BoXXers.

As the sport evolved, the BlackBox program extended beyond RockShox. Across the SRAM brand family, if it could extend the boundaries of mountain biking, the BlackBox team was there to develop new products and technologies.

The Truvativ BooBar was first designed to meet the demands of World Cup downhilling, and now the line has expanded to include a collection of bars specifically engineered to match the demands of each signature athlete’s discipline and riding style—and to enhance each rider’s cockpit interface.

Danny Hart

He rides fast and loose. He turns the impossible into the ride of a lifetime. In the past, Danny used a 5mm space under his direct mount stem combined with a 20mm rise BooBar to lift him to the exact height he wanted, but that setup wasn’t seamless.

Designed by Danny himself, the new Truvativ Danny Hart BlackBox bar delivers the 25mm rise that he needs—with no spacers and less weight. Truvativ also added two more degrees of back sweep for a total 9 degrees, which moves his weight back, putting more pressure on the rear wheel.

  • 7050 Al Alloy
  • 780mm wide
  • 25mm rise
  • 5 degree up-sweep
  • 9 degree back-sweep
  • 340g
  • MSRP: $83

 

Jerome Clementz

He’s an all-mountain legend whose name is synonymous with mountain bike enduro. Megavalanche, Mountain of Hell, Enduro des Nations — Jerome Clementz has won them all. Jerome asked for wider, stiffer, lighter bar that gives him ultimate control without sacrificing the toughness he needs for powerful sprints and descents. The Truvativ Jerome Clementz carbon BlackBox bar pairs 750mm of width with 5 degrees of up sweep and 7 degrees of back sweep.

  • Carbon Fiber
  • 750mm wide
  • 20mm rise
  • 5 degree up-sweep
  • 7 degree back-sweep
  • 240g
  • MSRP: $198

 

Stevie Smith

Stevie lives in a place where the trees can swallow you whole so his style requires a heads-up approach. Truvativ teamed up with Stevie to create a bar that is high and out in front, giving him ultimate control. His signature 780mm downhill bar features a 30mm rise, keeping his hands forward, his head up, and his eyes focused.

  • 7050 Al Alloy
  • 780mm wide
  • 30mm rise
  • 5 degree up-sweep
  • 7 degree back-sweep
  • 340g
  • Black or Silver
  • MSRP: $83
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