The fact that an Enve SES one-piece bar and stem combo was coming soon was far from a secret. It’s been on the radar as a possible inclusion into our list of the best road handlebars since it showed up on Tadej Pogacar’s bike after we spent time with it. Despite that, the specifics haven’t been widely available.
That changes today as Enve releases the SES AR One-Piece bar and stem combo. As of now, you no longer need to be a builder that knows Enve, a customer buying an Enve custom road, or a race team with Enve sponsorship. If you want to clean up the cockpit on your Enve IN-route compatible bike frame, Enve will now sell it to you.
Like the previous AR bar and stem combo, you get the same integrated bar ends, compound flare, and 76mm reach with 127mm drop. However you now have a choice of 20 different skews covering a full range of one-piece bar and stem combinations. The smallest option is a 90mm stem paired with a 38cm bar then options go up from there. Available widths include 38, 40, 42, and 44 cm and each width has options for a 90, 100, 110, and 120mm stem lengths plus 130mm available in 42 and 44 cm. You can also custom order unusual sizes should you need them. Weights range from 330-360 grams depending on size which represents a savings of roughly 85 grams again depending on size.
One detail that is new is the out-front mount. Enve has always chosen to leave the engineering and testing of the out-front mount to fellow American brand K-Edge but in the past the mount meant a separate purchase. This time around there is a new design from K-Edge specific to the one-piece design and it’s now included as part of the purchase price. Along with the out-front mount, each handlebar will ship with 30 mm of IN-Route spacers, and one “bypass” spacer. The bypass spacer allows for external routing of hoses anytime there’s a need to test a setup before fully committing to the work of internal routing.
The path to market
Not only was the existence of a one-piece bar and stem combo not a secret, the journey from concept to market is something Enve has been happy to tell anyone who would listen. In case you missed the details, the story starts with UAE Team Emirates and Tadej Pogačar requesting a handlebar solution that was lighter and more aero. The result, after…