Smooth and ﬂuid riders will absolutely love the 170g Carnegie Carbon’s conﬁdent trail smoothing character, although aggressively dynamic riders would be better off looking elsewhere. The 685mm (27in) width combines well with the 28.5 degree of backsweep and 25.4mm rise to place your hands in a very comfortable position with a slight rearward weight shift compared to an average riser bar.
The net result is double-edged, however: it reduces the weight over the front wheel slightly, helping it to roll more easily over roots and the like without unsettling the ride position and contributes to the front feeling like it’s riding on a thick shag pile carpet – and that is a very good thing as it adds a considerable conﬁdence bonus in all trail situations.
However, for riders who like to attack the trail and manhandle the bike by the scruff of its neck, the backsweep and slight rearward shift mean that it’s difﬁcult to get enough weight over the front to really ride the fork hard which some may ﬁnd unsettling. But if it works for you this is a great bar that genuinely adds comfort and conﬁdence – and we can’t remember the last time we ever wrote that about a bar. Also available in black or raw carbon ﬁnish.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.