Redshift Kitchen Sink Bar and ShockDrop Seatpost

Two new gravel'centric prototypes that are anything but ordinary

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Redshift Kitchen Sink Handlebar

The Kitchen Sink Handlebar is aimed at endurance riders and gravel grinders. Photo by Josh Patterson

Redshift Sports isn’t afraid to branch out beyond tried and true components in search of better performance. The component manufacturer is best known for its ShockStop suspension stem — a reincarnation of the suspension stems of the 1990s that has become a hit with gravel cyclists.

Now Redshift is developing two new products that are anything but traditional. The company’s new handlebar is a bit loopy and its dropper seatpost has a little extra squish.

Redshift Kitchen Sink Handlebar

The loop on this prototype provides an additional aero position. Photo by Josh Patterson

Redshift Kitchen Sink Handlebar

The aptly-named Kitchen Sink Handlebar has combined all the cockpit accessories found on endurance gravel race set-ups. This quirky dropbar offers rise, flare, integrated grips for improved comfort during all-day rides and, most notably, a loop off the front that creates an aero position without resorting to clip-on aero bars.

Redshift Kitchen Sink Handlebar

Ergonomic grips on the top and drops are designed to reduce hand numbness. Photo by Josh Patterson

The Kitchen Sink is still in development. Redshift noted that the production version might have straight tubing on the front of the aero brace, allowing riders to mount computers, light, and other accessories out front. Redshift expects to bring this bar to market this summer. Pricing is yet to be determined.

Redshift ShockDrop Seatpost

Droppers have become practically mandatory for modern mountain bikes and have found favor with some gravel riders, too. If there’s one downside to running a dropper, it’s that they are significantly stiffer than traditional fixed seatposts. Redshift is attempting to add a bit of compliance by combining its ShockStop suspension seatpost to a dropper. The result is the ShockDrop Seatpost.

Redshift ShockDrop Seatpost

The ShockDrop combines a dropper with a suspension seatpost. Photo by Josh Patterson

Redshift is developing ShockDrops for gravel and mountain bikes. The gravel version will be available in a 27.2mm diameter. It will have 60mm of drop and 35mm of suspension. The mountain bike suspension dropper will come in 30.6 and 31.6mm versions with 100mm of drop. Pricing and availability are yet to be determined.

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About the author: Josh Patterson

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998, and has been writing about mountain biking and cyclocross since 2006. He was also at the forefront of the gravel cycling movement, and is a multi-time finisher of Dirty Kanza. These days, Josh spends most of this time riding the rocky trails and exploring the lonely gravel roads around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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