Component brand PRO has been making a name for itself in the past couple of years with well designed products, and this reputation looks set to be done no harm by the release of the new Tharsis Trail range.
This new line-up (named after a volcanic plateau on Mars) includes a stem, handlebar, seatpost and grips. As the name suggests these parts are designed for the trail rider who not only seeks durability in their componentry choice but also lightness, which is why the entire range makes full use of carbon fibre.
The PRO Tharsis stem weighs just 130g and features a carbon fibre monocoque design to achieve this lightness. All bolts are titanium to shed further weight and the front clamp-plate has been designed to distribute loads on the handlebar for reduced stress in this key area. There’s a choice of 70mm to 100mm lengths, each with a 6 degree rise, but the stem is reversible if you want a higher or lower setting n your bike.
The Tharsis handlebar is similarly made from carbon, T800-1000 uni-directional in this case, with the 31.8mm centre section reinforced with titanium. There’s only a 710mm width option currently, with a 20mm rise, 8 degree backsweep and 4 degree upsweep.
If you’re going to plump for the stem and bars, you may as well get the matching seatpost. It’s made from T800 uni-directional carbon with a reinforced head unit and a single-bolt clamp. Choose from 27.2, 30.9 or 31.6mm sizes, each 375mm long. Weight is 175g. Currently only a 10mm offset post is available.
Finally, completing the collection are the grips. A ‘Loc-On’ type design using an internal locking system and low-profile lock-ring and titanium bolts to bring the weight down to 120g (for a pair). The grips are tapered for an anatomic shape. Available in black or white.
The range looks good to our eyes, with a matt finish and exposed carbon weave and understated modern graphics.