Upgrading to one the best MTB handlebars could be one of the easiest alterations to make, changing both the ride and the look of your bike. Whether you are looking for more rise, a different sweep or a different width, here are the best trail and enduro bars we've tested.
Best MTB handlebars
All these MTB handlebars have scored over four out of five stars on test so you can rest assured that these are worth spending your money on. There's a range of trail, enduro and all-mountain bars on offer here to suit all sizes and budgets, with cross-country and dropped gravel bars to follow in a different article. it looks like most of these bars are 35mm diameter, we've got more on test in 31.8mm diameter so check back soon for an update. If it's grips you are after to finish off your cockpit setup, then click here for the best grips you can buy.
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Nukeproof's completely redesigned Horizon Carbon Riser Bar V2 builds upon an already well-received design. It’s shaped very nicely, looks good and is well priced for carbon – but the new shape might not suit everyone.
At a full 800mm, this 35mm diameter OSX is Canadian brand Chromag’s widest aluminium bar. It’s DH-rated, but also light enough for trail or enduro riding and has cut marks to saw it narrower if your shoulders aren’t that broad. With a 5-degree up and 8-degree back sweep, the geometry is the same as the original, 31.8mm OSX, but the central zone uses the oversized clamp size.
Funn's Full On handlebars are an economical and durable set of no-nonsense, all-around trail or enduro use bars, with a good shape and plenty of options for width, rise and colour matching.
The RaceFace Next R 35 carbon handlebar is a sleek, hardwearing 35mm diameter bar ready for some rough enduro riding. It's light, comes in three rises and is well-tuned for damping down trail chatter, but it's still pretty stiff – and it's wide, too, with no scope for going below 750mm.
The Race Face Atlas 35 is a very wide, reliably solid aluminium bar, and whilst not the lightest, it keeps a decent level of bar comfort, and is a great choice for harder riders or if you're looking for a bombproof set up.
Race Face’s Aeffect R is a bargain-priced beefy handlebar that’s so popular it comes as original equipment on tons of complete trail and enduro bikes. Being 780mm across, it isn’t quite full-on DH width (800mm), and you’ll need to look elsewhere if you need the extra 20mm to swerve through the tree trunks.
If you're after a burly, super wide aluminium handlebar then Spank's Spike 35 Vibrocore does just that at a good weight and price but with the added benefit of a noticeable reduction in hand fatigue on rough ground thanks to clever technology inside it.
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