The best part about manfacturing your own products in-house is the ability to make whatever you want, whenever you want, meaning you can create some wild stuff off the top of your head, or release a new product exponentially faster than any overseas production facility. Santa Ana’s The Building, home to S&M and FitBikeCo, can whip up whatever you want with the greatest of ease. Want to do a BMX frame with disc brakes? Sure. 30″ handlebars for Interbike? Done. Shawn McIntosh wants new, bigger handlebars? Let’s call ’em Mac 10’s.
For 2017, Fit’s Mac 10 becomes Fit’s first 10″ handlebar, making it the largest rise bar of the Fit lineup. The Mac 10’s feature similar angles of its now little brother, the Big Mac’s, with 11 degrees of backsweep and 4 degrees of upsweep, but with the obvious 10″ rise being the most noticeable difference. Less obvious is the weight difference; while theoretically the Mac 10’s should weigh more, they’re actually 3.2oz lighter than the straight gauge .065 Big Macs, as they feature butted tubing to lighten things up a bit. They also use dual radius bends, meaning the bends themselves are not as severe as other handlebars – a mellower bend means a stronger tube, and as someone whos been running S&M/Fit bars for over 4 years without replacing a set due to a bad wreck or bail, I can personally vouch for their strength.
Fit’s new Mac10 Handlebars are available now at Dans Comp, all Fit retailers and from Fit directly. The Fit Mac10’s are available in matte black, dark grey and matte green, and no matter which color you choose, they’ll set you back $59.99. If you’re not ready to step up to 10″, don’t fret, as the Big Mac’s are still available for $64.99. For more detailed product info, click on this link to the Fit website now, and for team clips & other updates, be sure to follow Fit on Instagram @fitbikeco.