Element Nickel handlebars review£54.99

Wide & flat downhill bars

BikeRadar score4/5

Cornering is one of the most crucial elements of downhill racing, and setting up your rig right can make a drastic difference in your ability. An easy way to do this is by fitting a low-rise bar, and Element have produced the lowest of low-rise bars – so low, in fact, that it’s flat.

With all the current hype around bar width, their 780mm width gives you plenty to play around with. It’s a good idea to play around with the rotation angle of the bar too, so you can get the 9 degree sweep exactly where you want it.

We found the leverage and control gained from the extra width phenomenal, and the zero rise kept the front end planted in the turns. These will get any bike’s front end lower without altering the all-important angles and they certainly inspire confidence when it comes to carving the turns. 

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