WHAT IS IT? Pro Taper’s Fuzion handlebar is a
1-1/8-inch bar that features adjustable flex via a dial on
WHAT’S IT COST? $129.99.
CONTACT? www.protaper.com or (951) 736-5369.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Pro Taper Fuzion handlebars.
(1) Flex Lock system. The Pro Taper Fuzion locking
system allows a rider to choose between a stiffer, more
controlled handlebar feel and a soft, more shock-absorbing feel. Changing the bar from locked to unlocked takes
about 30 seconds (if you count taking the bar pad off).
Once the pad is off, it takes less than 5 seconds.
( 2) Bells and whistles. The Pro Taper Fuzion
handlebar is fully loaded. The knurled clutch side offers
improved grip adhesion. The 1/4-inch cut guides ensure
precise hacksawing if you want to shorten the bars.
There are plastic bar-end plugs to keep the elements from
getting inside. A grid helps ensure getting the proper fore
and aft placement every time the bars are moved. All this
and a high-quality handlebar to boot.
( 3) Performance. If you took the crossbar off the
Fuzion, you would have a Pro Taper Evo handlebar.
Thus, with the Flex Lock system in the unlocked position,
it works just like a Pro Taper Evo oversize bar. In the
locked position, the bars had a stiffer feel, but not every
test rider felt the difference. It depended on the speed
of the rider and the roughness of the track. Still, not a
single MXA test rider opted to race the bike with the
bars in the locked position. It is common sense that no
racer wants to feel any more harshness than he already
has to. The Fuzion bar works best for a rider who likes
the look of a crossbar but wants to run oversize bars
instead of 7/8-inch bars.
( 4) Bends. The Fuzion is offered in six different bends,
such as the Carmichael and Windham bends.
( 5) Bar pad. The Fuzion bar pad has a cutout that fits
around the Flex Lock dial. Without the cutout, the bar
pad wouldn’t fit.
( 6) Price. Pro Taper’s Fuzion bar is $10 more
expensive than Renthal’s Twin Wall handlebar.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? It’s nice that they have
adjustable flex, but once you choose the setting you like,
you will never adjust them again.
The Pro Taper Fuzion handlebar is
PRO TAPER FUZION HANDLEBARS
an innovative idea—maybe too
innovative for its own good.
MXA TEAM TESTED