Outland D31Eight bar, stem & grip set review£39.99

Credit crunch friendly combo

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The performance of this instant hardcore combo is nothing special, but the overall value is outrageously good.

The thickset high-rise bar is the right width for power steering. The general shape is similar to the classic Truvativ Holzfeller – not immediately likeable for some, but fine for most after a bit of twisting to taste. Weight is certainly good for its true price and it feels less stinging than a lot of budget bars we’ve used.

We say true cost because £39.99 also buys you a set of alloy collar bolt-on grips with a diamond file and raised bar pattern. Plus you get a basic but stiff and serviceable 50mm block stem in your goodie bag, making this the cheapest hardcore set we’ve seen.

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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