ENVE Composites Mountain Riser bar review£120.00

Straight onto the shortlist

BikeRadar score4/5

ENVE Composites' lightweight but trail ready gear has gone straight onto our cockpit shortlist. The Mountain Riser bar impressed us straight away for two reasons – for a start it’s 188g, which is light, without being so light you’re worried about giving it a leathering.

Secondly it’s that weight despite being a really handy 700mm width. It’s wider than any other cross-country style lightweight bar and just under what most brands would call all-mountain or downhill. For the record, ENVE do offer a downhill bar at a tree-felling 800mm width and even that only weighs 230g.

A gripper texture centre, angle lines and trim marks on the ends make set-up easy and with a gradual five-degree rise and nine-degree sweep, it’s one of those bars that just feel right straight away. It’s stiff enough to be accurate but without buzzing your wrists to death on long rocky, steppy descents.

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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