ENVE Compact Road bar/stem - in brief £530

High-end road bike cockpit

BikeRadar score 3/5

Enve’s handlebar/stem pairing is finished in a classy matt carbon and looks a class above the competition. The bar has neat touches such as bullet point ends with built-in end caps, and the stem is similarly classy in its construction, although we’d prefer a more substantial clamp in case of over-tightening the titanium bolts.

We’d also have liked washers on the bolts. Performance-wise, both bar and stem balance stiffness and vibration-culling very well – it’s a very high performing cockpit.

But there is no getting around the price – they're asking a significant amount of cash, and it’s outperformed by others for substantially less.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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