Truvativ Hussefelt bar review£19.99

This is a very well-proven Truvativ bar

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This is a very well-proven Truvativ bar. It's a medium rise and sweep but the outer ends are relatively flat so it needs rotating to find that sweep/rise sweet spot. It takes some riders a bit of rotation to feel right but it tapers before the bulge so it's not too stiff. The AL-66 material is shot-peened all over to reduce stress. Truvativ's Holzefeller (£29.99) uses 7050 but it's 28.2in long so comes in at the same weight.

The stem is pretty much standard fit on most mid-range freeride/DH bikes. The clean, cold forged block has big ridges to house the bolt threads and the overbite front plate has a thickened H- section on the front to spread bar stress. We've not had a problem with failure or slipping. It's not light but the Hussefelt logo looks neat for the price. The Holzefeller (£29.99) is a much shinier 7000 series version that's 12g lighter.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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