Ragley Carnegie handlebar £39.99

Sweet sweepers

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

Some handlebars are as much a personal style statement as a tool for the job, and it’s easy to take the piss out of a bar that looks very different. But scrap your preconceptions and try to get a ride on the Carnegie.

This 7075-T6 triple butted aluminium bar is 685mm (27in) wide with a nominal 25.4mm of rise, but it’s the generous 25-degree backsweep that sets it apart.

This puts your hands in a position that may feel odd at first but quickly starts to feel intuitively comfy, especially on long cruisy rides. Once you’re accustomed to the position, it works well over rough ground too.

Opinion varies as to whether it feels at its best with the ends set flat or slightly down, but either way there’s plenty of adjustment and hand space, and the 33mm forward wiggle means you won’t need to mess with stem length.

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