ENVE Compact Road bar/stem - in brief review£530.00

High-end road bike cockpit

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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.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 188cm / 6'2''
  • Weight: 92kg / 203lb
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 112cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Big, fast descents and rough surfaces like cobbles or strada bianca
  • Current Bikes: Decade Tripster ATR, Dedacciai Temarario, Cannondale Synapse, BMC Granfondo Disc Di2, Genesis Day One CX, Parlee Z Zero Custom, Storck Scenario Comp Custom, DMR Trailstar, Bianchi Pista, Cube SUV 29er e-bike
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Oltre Disc, Bianchi Specialissima, Cannondale Slate, Buffalo Bike
  • Beer of Choice: Brew Dog Punk IPA
  • Location: Wiltshire, UK

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