FSA Afterburner flat handlebar £65

Worthy addition to the wide/flat bar field

BikeRadar score 3/5

The Afterburner is FSA’s entry into the wide-and-flat bar bun fight (there’s a low-rise model too). Its 670mm (26.4in) width isn’t over-generous by current bar standards, although it’s still wider than the average for flat bars. If you do decide to cut it down you’ll need to measure carefully – there are no cutting guides. There's an off-the-shelf 630mm (24.8in) option if you fear the hacksaw. 

The bar is shot-peened at the ends but not in the middle where the stem grips. Curiously, the Afterburner’s listed with a 4° upsweep which is odd for a bar that only sweeps along one plane. The ‘flat’ line on the angle scale on the bulge isn’t in the same plane, though – mount it according to that and it will indeed sweep up and back, which is a good thing. Although flat, the bulge is quite wide so there’s not quite as much space for controls as you’d expect. It’s unlikely you’ll struggle for room, though.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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