Bontrager Rhythm Pro riser bar review£60.00

Comfortable, wide-span all-rounder

BikeRadar score2.5/5

The Rhythm bar is a comfortable, wide-span all-rounder, but it's heavier and slightly less user-friendly than most of the competition. Testing lab results suggest it’s pretty stiff considering its width, but it feels more flexible and comfortable on the trail than the figures indicate.

Much of that is due to the early start of the backsweep, which makes it come back further round towards you than the average nine-degree geometry figure would suggest. That potentially makes it a decent wide-reach, lazy feel, comfort bar for riders who don’t mind adding significant weight.

The shot-peened bar is logo’d but you have to rely on lining up the wide central V mark to get it centred. Despite the 750mm width making it a candidate for trimming, there aren’t any cut marks either.

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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