Amoeba Borla DH handlebar kit review£44.95

Credit crunch bumper pack

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This is a credit crunch bumper pack of downhill kit. Included in the bundle is a riser bar, stem, head lock and grips.

The head lock is an alternative to the star-fangled nut and keeps things tight. The bulbous grips are quite unpleasant and will slip easily around the bar when the rain inevitably falls.

The 6061 T6 aluminium bar has a comfortable sweep and doesn’t feel like a budget compromise. A 40mm rise seems excessive for a downhill setup though, and makes cornering sketchy due to the elevated centre of gravity.

At 680mm wide they may be more at home on a jump or trail bike, because they lack any decent leverage in fast turns, giving the front end a very twitchy feel.

The 50mm stem, also constructed from 6061 T6 aluminium, has a 10-degree rise and uses a 25.4mm bar clamp. It’s well made and does a decent job.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness
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