Wide bars offer the fit and control riders like on mountain bikes with modern geometry, but after a few hours of pedaling, we find that it isn’t always the most comfortable on our wrists. Although there are a few options for swept-back bars, many of the options are heavy or just straight up look a […]
My downhill bike is one of my favorite bikes to ride. While I don’t ride it as often as my other bikes, it has received considerably more attention than most of them this year, getting a complete rebuild this winter. One of the highlights of the build is a new cockpit featuring a limited edition […]
The FSA Gradient riser handlebar is billed as light enough for XC trail riding and strong enough for freeriding. Triple butted and tapered from Al7050/T6 alloy materials, the shot-peened aluminum is aimed at riders seeking durability for bike park riding and shuttle trails that still pedal up mountains. Available with 25 and 40mm of rise, […]
The game changing upgrade to my first full suspension mountain bike back in the day was an heavy duty Answer DH riser bar. It was ages ago and I don’t recall the year, but upon installing the bar, I promptly cut it down to about 26″ or 27″ inches. Back then I was a very different rider, […]
I’m just going to say it. The Pro Tharsis stem is the coolest carbon fiber stem I’ve seen. With a listed weight of 130 grams, it’s light, but is still rated as trail worthy and suitable for all mountain and regular trail riding. I recently built up my first lightweight XC/trail bike in years, and […]
I’ve recently become a fan of Easton’s Havoc line after mounting a test set of Havoc DH wheels on my personal Trek Session 88, so when a matching Havoc DH bar landed on my desk, I didn’t waste any time in mounting it up to get some time on it. The black and gold graphics […]
More and more riders are making the switch to wider bars these days. Widths in the 29-30+ range are becoming more and more common. Wider grip= additional leverage in turns, making for a highly rail-able experience.