Thomson has long been a favorite company of mine. I have had Thomson seatposts and stems for many years on many different bicycles. When I first heard they were going to start producing handlebars, I was very excited. I was even more excited to discover that the cross and road versions would be carbon fiber. This, of course, opens up loads of questions. Where would they be made and would they be a Thomson design top the list. They are indeed a Thomson design, and the molds are owned by Thomson. The carbon fiber is manufactured by Toray, a Taiwanese company that is the main supplier to Airbus and Boeing. They are made in one piece, and are molded over an EPS mandrel to avoid wrinkles inside the layup during molding. I have the road version, and it is beautiful to look at. It has a great shape, and is really comfortable in the drops and on the hoods. The weight on the 42mm road bar is 195 grams with a retail price of $249.95. I think Thomson has done an incredible job leaping into a new product segment, and the quality is in line with all their previous product. I suspect these bars will live on bike after bike after bike. On a side note, Thomson have updated their website providing a clean and simple place to view all their product.