Interbike 2008: KORE Torsion BFD handlebars & B52 stem

At Interbike I received the new super wide Torsion BFD (Bighit Freeride Downhill) handlebars and the new B52 stem for review.  For the bars, the model I have is a low 20mm rise and super wide 800mm!
IMG_9033 copy by you.
Based on its description, it is perfect for Freeride / Downhill.  However with its length, this can be well suited for a Single Speed.  With its wide build, this bar would be perfect for sawing back and forth when hammering up the hill. 
IMG_9034 copy by you.                                    800mm is stock but has lines for shortening/cutting the bars which will accommodate from 680mm to 800mm length.

Torsion BFD bars:

Model:                      Torsion Race
Center Diameter:        31.8mm
Bar Diameter:            22.2mm
Bar Width:                 800mm w/cut lines 790 to 680mm
Rise:                         0mm, 20mm, 35mm, or 50mm
Upsweep:                  5 degrees
Backsweep:               9 degrees
Material:                   al 2014 double butted
Finish:                      shot-peen+anodized black / + powder coat white
Logo:                       laser etched (anodized) or decals (powder coat)
Weight 0mm rise:      309 to 350g (680 to 800mm)
Weight 20mm rise:     315 to 356g (680 to 800mm)
Weight 35mm rise:     322 to 363g (680 to 800mm)
Weight 50mm rise:     330 to 371g (680 to 800mm)

The stem is a 65mm, 200g in shotpeen white paint.  This stem looks bomb proof!

IMG_9045 by you.

IMG_9044 by you.                               

B52 Stem:

Model:                     New B52
Steerer diameter:      1 1/8” (28.6mm)
Bar diameter:           31.8mm 4-bolt face plate w/PC logo insert
Rise / length:           (0 degrees) 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80mm
Material:                 3D forged AL 6061
Stack height:           45mm
Finish:                    shot-peen black or white paint
Logo:                     laser+polycarbonate co-molded insert in face plate
Special Feature:       KORE 34 (K34) compatible
Weight:                  176g for 55mm, 200g for 65mm, 224 for 75mm

I love the white paint job! It just has sleek written all over it.   I’ll be swapping out my DH bars on my Intense Socom DH bike and replace with the Torsion bars.  The color will definitely match my bike!  Look for a full review in the near future. There’s a chance these may go on my SS build as well.  I’ll keep you all posted.

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For more information visit www.kore-usa.com

7 Replies to “Interbike 2008: KORE Torsion BFD handlebars & B52 stem”

  1. They’re very attractive, but way too far on the heavy side for me. In fact, the lightest possible bar is 309g, which weighs more than my bar and stem together (276g combined). I’m also not too crazy about the low-grade 2014 aluminum of the bar, so let us know how well it holds up.

    ALSO, how about a guide showing us how you set up that mini studio??

  2. They are freeride components, after all…not “weight weenie” XC gear. That extra weight means extra strength when and where you need it.

    There’s nothing “low grade” about 2014. It’s a common alloy used in some pretty high-end components. 2014 is one of the heat-treatable aluminum alloys. For this application, 2014 or any of the 2XXX alloys is a perfectly acceptable and appreciated choice.

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