Controltech SUP MTB XC scandium bar review£79.99

Not for everyone

BikeRadar score3/5

Control Tech’s top alloy bar is light enough to rival some carbon sets, if you like your bars stiff and narrow.

It’s way off the claimed 178g weight, at 226g, but that’s still impressive for an alloy bar. The limited span, low rise with gradual taper and the mechanical properties of the triple-butted scandium make it an extremely tight and stiff feeling bar.

While scandium sucks some resonance out it still tends to sting on rocky descents, so don’t wear your thinnest gloves on the longest rides.

The upswept tips and narrow span don’t suit everyone, but some testers were real fans. Rotation, centring and trim marks make setup easy and the price is competitive compared to carbon.

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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