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Production Privée – new handlebars, stem and grips

More innovation from Andorra

Fresh in to Dirt HQ is this cockpit set-up from Production PrivÉe. A bar, stem, and new innovative grips from this small, specialist and very focused brand.

Photos: Callum Philpott

Production Privée was born from the meeting of two friends (David and Damien), who’d been working for several years in the MTB industry and they set out with the intention of perfecting products that wouldn’t make the commercial cut amidst a bigger firm. Production Privée (PP) specialise in hardtail frames and a range of cockpit and components that have their own stamp of well considered design and detailing. They both love 60s and 70s car racing and this is reflected in touches throughout their product range from the colours of the Shan 917 hardtail through to the pattern of the new CR35 grips and the stripes on their R2R stem – a touch of style that adds to the brand’s appeal.

PP have Cedric Gracia among their ranks too, he’s been riding and developing their bar, stem and grip design since the beginning of the company in 2011, and still does to this date. David and Damien don’t rush products to the market and the end result is a tight range of designs that hit the spot for us here at Dirt. Niche stuff for core riders.

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The CR35 grips are packed with neat design details.

CR35 GRIPS

Production Privée have created the first handlebar grips offering back sweep and up sweep adjustment of your handlebar position thanks to a patented offset design. A true innovation or a gimmick? This setting range allows the rider to adjust the bike’s fit according to their preferences or riding style – a fine tune to a well dialled cockpit for those seeking perfection.

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The grip pattern is inspired by the Dunlop CR65 race car tyre.

The grip shape, specially engineered to give the best traction, comfort, control and support as possible, has been inspired by the one of the best and most titled pre-slick Formula 1 tires ever, the Dunlop CR65. 
The soft 30a base durometer rubber compound also comes from a motor sport background and has been worked on extensively for feel, grip and wear. There are softer grips out there such as the DMR Deathgrip which goes as low as a 20a compound, but even these are offered in a harder rubber option for more durability.

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The offset design showing the upsweep and backsweep adjustment options.

The basics of the CR35 are simple: Take a single collar lock-on grip and add a twist – The upward and backwards sweep of a handlebar can make a potential difference to many elements of a bike and how it handles – one degree positive or negative back or upward sweep change can adjust weight balance, increase hand fatigue, or simply just change a rider’s cockpit set up from comfy to ugly. With this grip and its offset inner sleeve, a quick loosen and twist will change the effective sweep of the bar and there are clear markings on the locking collar designating the various options. PP suggest you experiment with this when out on the trail to see the what the different positions offer.

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The four position options offered by the CR35 grips.

Dimensions are good, not far off the Specialized Sip XL grips (one of our picks in the 2016 Dirt 100), and are left and right specific. An external diameter of 33mm (compared to the 32mm Sip XL) gives enough cushioning when combined with the softer compound rubber. We’ve not had them out in wet conditions yet (though it looks like we’re about too…) but PP’s extensive testing should mean grips that works well year round and are designed to work well with and without gloves. Even with a single locking collar, we’ve not experienced any twisting on the bars.

PRICE: €29.90

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The 780mm width and 31.8mm bar clamp suits us here at Dirt.

LGB 780 HANDLEBAR

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All in the details – this grid allows for consistent brake and shift lever set up on the bars.

Production Privée have put plenty of testing time into developing the stiffness/comfort ratio of their handlebars, in a similar manner to Renthal with their latest revised range of Fatbars, but here Production Privee have stuck with a 31.8mm bar clamp diameter. With a spec approved and tested by Cedric Gracia, these LGB bars offer the right stiffness for an aggressive ride but without being too demanding on longer days on the hill. With a width of 780mm (also available in 740mm) and only a 25.4mm/1″rise the dimensions should suit most riders. Here at Dirt we’re more than happy with the 31.8mm bar clamp sizing – even though many brands are switching over to 35mm.

A 5° upsweep and 8° back sweep are good starting points for us (a Deity Black Label is 5° x 9°) but of course if you’re using PP’s own CR35 grips then you can fine tune the fit by one degree up or back. The detailing is good too – we particularly like the grid lines for lining up your shifters and brake levers. A nice touch and missing on many handlebars.

The weight, at 320g is comparable to other bars designed for hard charging trail or enduro use. The standard aluminium Renthal Fatbar (with a 20mm rise and 780mm width) weighs in at 360g, with the Deity Black Label (with a 787mm width) hitting the scales at a lighter 306g.

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Need to trim the bars? Cutting guides will help you get a custom fit with accuracy.

The LGB bar is available in either a natural brushed finish or in black anodised. A wider LGMH 810mm bar is available for DH use, taller riders or those requiring extra width.

PRICE: €65.00

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The racing stripes add a dose of style to the R2R stem.

R2R STEM

R2R (meaning ‘Ready to Race’) was the working title for this stem and Production Privée spent plenty of time with Cedric Gracia and other racers riding and testing designs. The R2R Stealth stem is forged and then CNC’d at 70%. Getting the stem forged first gives an increased strength, much higher than most CNC stems and the R2R weighs in at 159g. Light, but not as featherweight as the Renthal Apex stem which gets down to just above 100g in a 31mm length. Talking of length… the R2R stem is available in a 50mm or 65mm lengths but nothing shorter. There’s certainly demand for 35mm or 40mm stems on many bikes with long reach measurements and/or bigger wheels but it sounds like Production Privée have shorter lengths in the pipeline though…

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Off-set steerer bolts gives a distinctive style to this short stem.

A low ‘stack height’ of 36mm (most stems run in around 40mm), the R2R could be a good choice if you’re looking to slam your front end as low as possible – an issue with some XL bikes with longer head tubes (or if you’ve switched to a longer travel fork) where we’ve used the Syntace Flatforce to drop the bar height.

A custom design with off-set bolts on the steering tube area keeps them safely away from your knees – not really an issue with most modern stems, but it shows attention to detail and gives the stem a distinctive look and a touch different from the mainstream.
Production Privée also have a wedge system in the steering tube pinch slot, allowing the bolts to be tightened to the right torque setting with just a standard multi-tool.
The R2R stem has been developed (and tested) to be used with the wide bar widths we’re all now running – anything up to 810mm is recommended. Angle adjustment markings on the side of the stem help with a consistent bar set up.

The finish is very durable keeping the R2R stem looking good for years – and it’s a stylish component, with the offset Le Mans race car stripes running front to back.

PRICE: €89.00

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