Good looking road bar
Lightweight aluminium road bar
Well-shaped yet flexy bar
A well-finished road bar
Traditional track drops
Nice all-round bar
Stiff drop bar
A good bar at a good price
Comfortable and well-priced bar
Sit up straight
Credit crunch bumper pack
Flat, wide chromoly handlebar
Budget racing/training bar
Bargain road bar - complete with tape
This oversized handlebar from Canadian street/ trials company Simtra is built to inspire confidence.
German manufacturers NC17 are better known for their Mtb parts and accessories, but this swept riser, a bar beloved of continental tourists and trekkers, is a new addition to the range.
The Marathon has a radically pronounced bend that provides a greater number of hand holds, and due to its flexibility absorbs shock better than most. The 44cm version has an overall width of 43.5cm.
We used to get nervous when unknown carbon bars turned up for us to test, but this one's a little bit different. Ike is the componentry branch of big bike maker Merida, so its reputation is sound and we've been using this bar for over a year now.
These 2005 C award-winning entry-level handlebars are made from 5086 aluminium in the 26mm size and from 6061 in the oversized version. The fine anodised finish looks expensive and they're both light and shock absorbent enough for long rides.
Riser bars are pretty much standard fare on most off road bikes these days, and these ones are made from heat-treated aircraft-grade 7075 aluminium, which has excellent fracture toughness.
These entry-level oversized anatomic handlebars from ITM are made from a thick wall tubing in E5 aluminium, and are among the few that are truly compatible with bar end shifters without needing a custom-made packing shim.
The old school riders out there might remember bikes made from steel tubes produced by a company called True Temper. These days True Temper also deal in carbon fibre and have their own component range called Alpha Q.