Control Tech Scandium Handlebar review

Moto style riser

BikeRadar score4/5

Control Tech’s Scandium bar (aluminium-scandium alloy, for pedants) is a stiff, light 26in bar with motocross-style positioning that’s better than most offerings in the prolific mid-width, mid-weight, mid-price trail bar category.

The mix of low bend section and high upsweep to the tips also favours riders who like moto-style rotated wrists and raised elbows but don’t want a tall bar overall. Not everyone gets on with this shape though.

Scandium isn’t as fashionable as it was but Control Tech  is one of a few manufacturers to have persevered and harnessed its capabilities.

Control Tech’s triple-butted, heat-treated 7075 aluminium alloy bar is also worth a look – it’s the same shape, 30g heavier at 258g but a bit cheaper. That said, weight weenies will have no trouble justifying the very reasonable extra cost of the Scandium bar.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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