Kirk Pacenti has been quietly innovating mountainbike products since way back in 1989. He was pioneering the 650B wheel as the perfect size for off road riding well before it went mainstream and produced the first commercially available tyre design in this size.

Pacenti has since focused on getting more from your tyres with wider and lighter rims being a recent addition to his range (and seen built onto Chris King hubs here in the Dirt 100). And now this the Pacenti P-Dent Bar/Stem System.

With the recent advances in frame geometry, many riders are upsizing to achieve better balance, stability and control. A longer reach, slacker head angle and lower bottom bracket height are becoming common-place and we can now run this sizing along with super-short stems for better dynamics without compromising fit.

‘By dimpling the bar Pacenti could make the stem as short as required while keeping the handlebar low; the P-Dent system seems without compromise’

There are a few key players who have been forging ahead with progressive geometry – Mojo’s Nicolai Geometron, Mondraker’s Forward geometry and Whyte 2016/17 bikes being notable players. Stems have shrunk to a minimum of 30mm, unless you are going add compromise with increased height. Mondraker offer 10mm lengths but the stem sits on top of the steerer and certainly doesn’t suit all riders. We can’t get shorter without getting higher it seems.

Kirk Pacenti has been in agreement with this progressive thinking and a look at his website shows that he has been a believer for some time. He’s come up with a solution.

P-Dent was born. By dimpling the bar Pacenti could make the stem as short as required while keeping the bar low. It looks like the homework has been done too, as Pacenti answers all questions with the authority of someone who has put plenty of thought and testing into the development of this system.

So, the P-Dent bar and stem system has been tested on various Dirt test bikes over the last year and seems to be without compromise. A dimpled 800mm carbon bar of good shape (8 deg backsweep, 4 deg upsweep) matched to a proprietary 25mm stem design with a broad clamp and at a realistic weight. If 0-10mm is too short/high and 30mm just a touch long, then Pacenti feels this is the way forward and will bring the best out of many correctly sized bikes. Weighing in at a combined system of 360g and priced in line with components of a similar quality it’s a set-up we can truly recommend you try.

PRICE: £220



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