Gravel is having a bit of a thing at the moment so it’s not surprising to see more brands latch onto the trend. Here at the EUROBIKE Media Days, PRO Components will soon become the latest to launch a collection of gravel-specific products. We got the inside scoop on the line-up before they’re even officially launched.
Road-plus, All-road, Adventure, Gravel – these PRO products are going to have widespread appeal, however you want to term the discipline. A subsidiary of Shimano, PRO Components have branched out into bars, seatposts and a whole bike-packing set.
PRO Components DISCOVER Gravel Bars
PRO Component’s new aluminium gravel bars come in two options with it comes to flare: one has 12° on the drops, with widths of 40, 42 or 44 cm. In the mid-size, the claimed weight is 270 g. Once down on the drops, there’s an 2.35 cm increase in the width on both sides of how you’re gripping. The second option has 30° flare, and apparently weighs 280 g in a 42 cm width, but it is also available in a 44 cm version. The width of your grip on the 44 cm model ends up at a pretty hefty 57 cm while on the drops.
Both of the new aluminium bars have a really tight drop and reach that promises to elevate comfort while riding on the drops for long hours. Thanks to pre-drilled holes on the underside of the bars, these are compatible with the semi-integration of Shimano’s Di2 shifters.
PRO Components Koryak Gravel seatpost
With 70 mm drop on the new telescopic PRO Koryak seatpost, PRO Components are making a concerted effort to raise comfort levels for gravel grinders. It’s available in a 27.2 mm diameter and cables have to be routed externally. For now it’ll rely on a Shimano remote lever from their mountain bike line-up, but Shimano are working on a solution that’s more aligned with road and gravel riders. The claimed weight for the 350 mm-long seatpost is around 500 g.
PRO Components DISCOVER Bikepacking set
Watertight and practical, the new bikepacking line can be brought separately or as a whole set. The top tube bag (0.75 litre volume) can either be fastened with the provided velcro or with two screws directly onto the frame provided you’ve got the fittings. Both the toptube bag and the frame bag (with a volume of 5.5 litres) have exit and entry holes for cables, so those ultra-prepared souls with spare batteries or mini chargers for GPS devices or mobile phones can easily stash them inside here and charge on the fly. The 15 litre saddle pack has two velcro fastenings for the seatpost and a strap that attaches to the saddle. The handlebar bag has two sections and a total volume of 8 litres. There are two straps that hold a dry bag-style bag in place, and this can be removed in the blink of an eye.
More information will follow soon on pro-bikegear.com
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Words: Photos: Valentin Rühl