Cockpit components (seatpost, stem, and handlebars) are as much a stylistic choice these days as for performance, weight, or ergonomics. We have a lot of experience matching all of these factors, and will gladly help you decide which are the right ones for you.
These are our favorite component manufacturers, whose products we stock regularly. We also have a number of other components available to us, from the extreme value side of the market all the way to the esoteric and ultralight.
Since 1961, 3T has been producing race-quality components for use on and off the Pro Tour. To choose a 3T cockpit, you first select a quality level (Pro, Team, or LTD) then a bar type (Ergnonova, Ergosum, or Rotundo) and you’re pretty much done. The Pro level offers high performance alloy components, Team steps up to a mix of alloy and carbon fiber, and LTD represents the best in carbon fiber designs.
It’s a safe bet to say that 3T components have been the preferred choice for most of our custom bike builds over the past five years, especially on European frames. They look great, have superb value for the money, and have enough options available to match nearly every rider.
ENVE is a small design and manufacturing outfit based in Utah. They only make high-end carbon fiber components that (seriously) offer amazing value when compared to their competition. We look to ENVE when our customers are specifying ultra-light components without compromise.
Pro is the parts wing of component giant Shimano. For the past few years their lower-end components have been our preferred choice for repair/replace parts, and their upper end offerings all have some design flair that make us say “wow”. One stunning example of this is the signature Mark Cavendish bar/stem set, which is the strongest, toughest, thickest, and burliest stem we’ve ever seen – when you hold one you can just imagine the massive forces that these components were designed to stand up to.
In case you didn’t read the description above, ENVE is a small shop based in Utah that makes high-end carbon components. Their mountain components are known to be very stiff and very light, and durable enough for even the World Cup Downhill scene without any modifications from stock. Putting them on a mountain bike can dramatically change the handling speed and responsiveness.
Another repeat from the Road side of our house, Pro is the component wing of Shimano. Their mountain bike components are excellent across the range, and are a great choice from the entry level all the way up to their signature sets. A highlight from the top end is the Tharsis component set, which is different from pretty much everything else out there on the trails.
For many years, all Thomson made were seatposts, stems, and seat collars although later this year we will also see handlebars from them. This small company is based out of rural Georgia and they hit the sweet spot between price, performance, and durability.