PRO Atherton Star Series kit gets some nip and tuck for 2013

It’s been a year since DanGee and Rachel moved from Commencal to GT, so it’s about bloomin’ time their signature PRO Atherton Star Series components were updated! The new yellow and white graphics match their race bikes, which should please the fanboys. And there’s good news for the rest of us too – the bar’s now a decent width and the grips should be far less faff to fit. Check out the pictures to find out more.

The old bar was 745mm wide – acceptable at its launch in 2009 but almost fixie-kid narrow by modern DH standards. The new one’s a full 800mm, with four internal splines to boost rigidity. Picture by James Costley-White

The old bar was 745mm wide – acceptable at its launch in 2009 but almost fixie-kid narrow by modern DH standards

The new one’s a full 800mm and comes with cut marks showing the Athertons' preferred widths. Picture by James Costley-White

The new one’s a full 800mm and comes with cut marks showing the Athertons’ preferred widths

The numbers seem spot-on – 20mm rise, 9° upsweep, 5° backsweep and 330g on our scales. RRP is £59.99. Picture by James Costley-White

The numbers seem spot-on – 20mm rise, 9° upsweep, 5° backsweep and 330g on our scales. RRP is £59.99

As before, there's a choice of regular (£89.99) or direct-mount (£99.99) stems. Picture by James Costley-White

As before, there’s a choice of regular (£89.99) or direct-mount (£99.99) stems

The regular stem comes in 35, 50 and 65mm lengths, while the direct-mount stem (pictured) is now adjustable. Picture by James Costley-White

The regular stem comes in 35, 50 and 65mm lengths, while the direct-mount stem (pictured) is now adjustable

Twin bolt holes allow 5mm of reach adjustment, from 45mm to 50mm. The stem weighs 163g. Picture by James Costley-White

Twin bolt holes allow 5mm of reach adjustment, from 45mm to 50mm. The stem weighs 163g

The saddle (£59.99) is a lightweight number (210g) with Kevlar flank and nose bumpers to ward off scuffs. There's a matching 10mm layback seatpost too (£49.99). Picture by James Costley-White

The saddle (£59.99) is a lightweight number (210g) with Kevlar flank and nose bumpers to ward off scuffs. There’s a matching 10mm layback seatpost too (£49.99)

The original Atherton grips were love/hate affairs. No outboard locking collar meant extra comfort for end-of-the-bar riders, but the internal wedge that was used instead tended to fall out if you weren’t careful when fitting them. Picture by James Costley-White

The original Atherton grips were love/hate affairs. No outboard locking collar meant extra comfort for end-of-the-bar riders, but the internal wedge that was used instead tended to fall out if you weren’t careful when fitting them

The internals have now been improved, hopefully putting an end to spinning grips and rattling bars. Picture by James Costley-White

The internals have now been improved, hopefully putting an end to spinning grips and rattling bars

The new colours should appeal to more riders too. Call us bike tarts, but the old grey and red had a tendency to clash! Picture by James Costley-White

The new colours should appeal to more riders too. Call us bike tarts, but the old grey and red had a tendency to clash!

The Athertons will be rocking this kit on their GT Furys in 2013 and now so can you! Picture by Dan Milner

The Athertons will be rocking this kit on their GT Furys in 2013 and now so can you

More info at www.pro-bikegear.com / shop.athertonracing.co.uk / www.madison.co.uk (UK).