Chromag Fubar OSX handlebar review£82.99

Stunning finish if you can afford it

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Chromag have been a top cult brand in Canada for years, but getting them elsewhere has been hard. Not anymore.

The chrome (or black chrome) finish adds £15 over the basic black bar but it looks fantastic on any bike – as long as you use lock-on grips to stop your hands slipping on the polished surface.

The OSX is the extra-wide downhill version and gives you all the leverage you’ll probably ever need, but there are 53mm of trim marks if you need them, just in case.

Low rise and medium layback give a naturally aggressive on-bike position with outstanding stiffness and accuracy. You’ll certainly feel every detail of the trail if you plug these in, but you’re going to have some numb hands and fingers by the end of the day.

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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