Controltech Venom riser bar review£59.99

Super-wide offering

BikeRadar score4/5

Controltech jump on the super-wide bandwagon with their latest riser bar, the Venom, made from 7075 aluminium.

At 750mm wide there's plenty of leverage for wide open courses but you'll be clipping trees on tighter trails. There are handy markings on the ends so you can trim the bar down.

The minimal 20mm rise is perfect for keeping the front end of your bike low and means you can get your weight right over the front wheel in corners.

With a five-degree backsweep and four-degree upsweep, the Venom has a fairly mellow profile, which may be a bit straighter than you're used to. We found it comfortable, whether racing downhill or tackling rollercoaster all-mountain terrain.

At 316g this oversize (31.8mm) bar isn't the lightest in its class but has proved to be plenty strong enough to take the abuse and stiff enough, even with the extra leverage.

The sand-blasted finish features high-polish areas for your levers and shifters – the idea is that if you crash your controls spin around the bar rather than taking the brunt of the impact.

We haven't put this to the test yet but it seems like a good idea and adds to the bar's understated, sophisticated look.

Controltech venom handlebar: controltech venom handlebar
Controltech venom handlebar: controltech venom handlebar

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
  • Age: 38
  • Height: 189cm/6'2"
  • Weight: 70kg/154lb
  • Waist: 32in/81cm
  • Chest: 40in/102cm
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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