The 10 Best Mountain Bike Carbon Bars
I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t want their bike to be as light as possible. Of course you don’t want it so light that it’s going to fall to pieces, you want it strong but light. The old saying goes; strong, light, cheap…pick two. It’s true too, you can’t have it all. If you don’t mind spending a bit of money though then it is tough to beat carbon when it comes to strength to weight ratio, and whilst we now see carbon popping up on pretty much every part of a bike, there was a time when it was treated with much suspicion. It was bars though where we saw the first real acceptance of carbon, albeit after a lot of naysayers. Compared to something like a carbon frame a set of carbon bars is relatively affordable and simple, and the benefits are clear to see, so I suppose it’s not really too surprising that this is where carbon really started to take off. They are considerably lighter than an aluminium set, and despite there still being a minority out that that still refuse to believe it, a decent set of carbon bars will be stronger than their aluminium counterpart (just watch the video on the final slide if you still don’t believe how strong they can be).
So, if you’ve got a bit of spare cash and want to upgrade your bike then we’d definitely recommend treating yourself to a set of carbon bars. They don’t just save weight though, a well designed set can also provide a welcome extra bit of ‘give’ compared to an aluminium bar, which your hands and arms will thank you for. Which ones should you go for? Well like so many other things on a bike some people will like one thing and others will like another. Width is a fairly simple thing to tick off the list, and most of the bars that have made it into our top 10 will be wide enough for anyone, and the same goes for rise with most being available in various versions to suit all tastes. It’s when you get to sweep though that things get a bit more tricky, and the best advice we can give on that front is to try before you buy. Obviously there are a lot of bars out there to try, but we’ve made things simpler for you buy selecting what we think are the 10 best mountain bike carbon bars on the market. From SIXC to Renthal, we’ve gathered our favourites.
So, without further ado, and in no particular order, get clicking below to discover which carbon bars made the grade…