30X Handlebar

SQlab 30X Handlebar

Performance Based Ergonomics

SQlab 30X handlebarThe 3OX bar bears the hallmark of SQlab product developer Tibor Simai. It boasts the perfect combination of form, wall thickness, and diameter with an anatomically optimized bend. The new SQlab 30X handlebar series is the most stable as well as the lightest handlebar in its field. The 30X covers a broad spectrum of usage ranging from a lightweight carbon hardtail to a long-stroke suspension gravity bike.

Quality

The 30X flew through quality testing. During the last stage of inspection, which simulates a complete handlebar lifecycle under actual load, the test apparatus was shut down after 100,000 load alterations, because no signs of fatigue or material damage could be detected on the bar. The 30X handlebar is produced with utmost perfection, maximum accuracy and in strict accordance with quality standards.

Ergonomic

SQlab 30x handlebar wrist positionWhen combining a stretched out riding position with handlebar widths of over 740 mm, the bend of the handlebar plays a very important role. It's important to pay attention to your wrists. The transition from your forearm to your hand should be straight. Even slight over-stretching stresses the wrists and can narrow the carpal tunnel resulting in numbness, particularly in the middle and index fingers. Bike control is crucial, especially at the end of a long marathon during the last fast technical downhill sections. For the best control, find a bar with the perfect bend.

Which backsweep type are you?

 30X 16 degree backsweep

16° Backsweep

12 degree backsweep 30X handlebar

12° Backsweep

  • Ideal for marathons and long mountain bike tours
  • The 16° backsweep provides a natural transition
    from the lower arm to the hand when in a more
    stretched riding position
  • The Upsweep determines the elbow position for an
    active riding style
  • Three different heights allowing individualized
    riding positions
  • Also available in carbon
  • Perfectly complements the gravity biker
  • The 12° backsweep with its short reach provides a natural
    transition from the lower arm to the hand when in a
    more upright riding position thus protecting the wrist
    from the extreme strain occurring in downhill riding
  • The 4° Upsweep determines the elbow position for an
    active riding style
  • Three different heights allowing individualized riding
    positions
  • Also available in carbon

 

Which rise are you?

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30X handlebar low riseLow Rise

30X Handlebar Medium RiseMedium Rise

30X handlebar high riseHigh Rise


The pelvis

When sitting normally, the sitbones support the body‘s weight and have the capability to withstand high pressure. This should also be the case when riding a bicycle. With an athletic riding position, the perineal area of men and the lower positioned pubic bone arch of women on the saddle.

The well branched out network of nerves and blood vessels of the perineal area reaches from the anus via the genitals to the upper pubic bone arch. On the sides it reaches past the pubic bones. 

These are capable of carrying a small weight – but a pressure reduction is essential. An even pressure reduction in the perineal area and the pubic bones is achieved through the lowered nose of our SQlab step saddle concept.

The sitting position

When sitting, the sitbones (areas marked in green) serve the purpose of supporting the body’s weight, hence they can endure a high load and pressure. They should also be utilised in this way when riding a bike.

 

In a dynamic riding position the contact point moves from the tip of the sitbones, forwards along the pubic arch to the pubic bone and the central perineal area is used for resting on for both genders. Women however, typically have a lower pubic arch which can result in higher pressure from the saddle nose when riding in a dynamic riding position. The surface area the riders weight is resting on is especially critical in a very dynamic and forward riding position and in such a case the riders weight should not only be supported in the centre but also on the pubic bone.

 

The sitbone and pubic bones both come together from their widest points in a “V” shape. This means the more dynamic the riding position, the narrower the saddle is allowed to, and should be.

Already in 2002 we developed a simple equation which uses the distance of the sitbone tips in dependence of the riding positing to calculate the perfect saddle width. This method has meanwhile been established globally. The method may be interpreted slightly differently from different saddle manufacturers and many leave the adjustment equation away all together, but our basic concept is used in all of these measuring methods.

 

The flexibility of the spine has much less influence on the positioning of the pelvis as often assumed. Spine and pelvis should remain in a natural position relative to each other and not be forced into a certain position, even if the body is very flexible.

 

Especially with the SQlab step saddle it is no longer necessary to tilt the pelvis backwards as the typical pressure zone of the perineal area and pelvis arch no longer pose a problem due to the lowered position of the saddle nose. The energy which is often required to hold the pelvis upright while the upper body taks a dynamic and forward position is no longer required with the SQlab step saddle and can instead be used for pedalling and propelling the bike forward. In addition, there is substantially less load on the spinal discs.

Saddle

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