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ION Spectre Bar Info?

Postby Toby » Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:44 am

Just saw the new ION Spectre Bar, and was wondering if anyone of you already uses it?

Wondering if it is very comfortable?

Any feedback welcome.

Thanks!

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Re: ION Spectre Bar Info?

Postby drone » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:40 am

Hook looks good, interest what it made of, like NP?
For me too much plastic and complicated..
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Re: ION Spectre Bar Info?

Postby cor » Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:00 pm

Looks a lot like the Mystic stealth bar, but with a more complicated lever system.
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Re: ION Spectre Bar Info?

Postby Sun » Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:05 pm

Mimicry is the best form of flattery. Mystic must feel pretty proud of the Stealth bar now.

The names, function, construction, and marketing images are eerily similar.

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Re: ION Spectre Bar Info?

Postby Da Yoda » Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:26 pm

cor wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:00 pm
Looks a lot like the Mystic stealth bar, but with a more complicated lever system.
Ion's lever is easier to open vs the Stealth, even with gloves on. :thumb:

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Re: ION Spectre Bar Info?

Postby Da Yoda » Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:59 pm

drone wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:40 am
Hook looks good, interest what it made of, like NP?
For me too much plastic and complicated..
I think Ion's hook is made of 7075 aluminum. It's sourced from the mtn bike industry.
The bar portion is made of forged carbon.

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Re: ION Spectre Bar Info?

Postby iriejohn » Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:44 pm

Da Yoda wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:59 pm
drone wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:40 am
Hook looks good, interest what it made of, like NP?
For me too much plastic and complicated..
I think Ion's hook is made of 7075 aluminum. It's sourced from the mtn bike industry.
The bar portion is made of forged carbon.
"Forged Carbon" is a fancy name for a SMC.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFSMC

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Re: ION Spectre Bar Info?

Postby nixmatters » Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:07 pm

drone wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:40 am
Hook looks good, interest what it made of, like NP?
For me too much plastic and complicated..
Different construction. NP launched the alu spreader bar in 2013. The hook is bolted to the spreader bar (also forged alu) and in 2018 was upgraded with the lightweight EVA pad.
The new ION alu hook seems to be clamped to the same (I guess SS) plate, which is bolted to the plastic/carbon spreader bar plate. As long as the hook doesn't deform/break (and it shouldn't), they've solved the issue. And the hook looks nice, well rounded.

The 'C30' moulded carbon must be the same or similar thing they make their foil wings from.
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Re: ION Spectre Bar Info?

Postby Leewavesurfer » Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:36 pm

Mimicry is the best form of flattery. Mystic must feel pretty proud of the Stealth bar now.
Only that ION launched their original C-Bar in 2018 well before Mystic brought the Stealth bar to the market :D

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Re: ION Spectre Bar Info?

Postby SMJ » Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:30 pm

Hey Toby,

I can't comment directly on the ION Spectre bar, but I own both the Mystic Stealth bar and the ION C-Bar 3.0, and I much prefer the C-Bar 3.0 for a couple reasons:

1. ION's tension lever system seems better than Mystic's. I can get my ION spreader bar much tighter than the Mystic latch system.

2. I might be the odd one out on this comment, but I don't like the Mystic "Stealth Wings" which ION re-branded as "Integrated Spectre Flaps." They don't really work as advertised and just seem to get in the way. So for the same reason, I don't think I'd like the ION "Integrated Spectre Flaps" and will probably stick with the C-Bar 3.0.


Leewavesurfer wrote:
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:36 pm
Mimicry is the best form of flattery. Mystic must feel pretty proud of the Stealth bar now.
Only that ION launched their original C-Bar in 2018 well before Mystic brought the Stealth bar to the market :D
Leewavesurfer,
I believe Sun was referring to the "Integrated Spectre Flaps" which is the main difference between ION's new Spectre bar and their C-Bar. Mystic was before ION to market with this idea; they call them "Stealth Wings."
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