FSA Gravity Light riser bar review£62.00

Triple-butted handlebar for a sting-free ride

BikeRadar score3/5

This shot-peened triple-butted bar is designed for downhill use and isn’t light for its span. At 711mm it’s not super-wide, but our 40mm-rise sample added plenty of hand height and easy front wheel lift. There’s a 25mm rise version if you prefer a lower front end, and this comes in an 800mm wide version if you want maximum span control.

Despite looking wider than normal, the centre and riser section leave a decent amount of space for controls. FSA have revised the shape, swinging the tips back further towards the rider, which means less twisting to get a natural feeling fit compared to previous FSA pipes we’ve used. While it’s stiff enough for sharp steering, the triple butting keeps the bar sting-free over rocky sections. Price is reasonable, although you pay another £18 for the extra wide pipe options.

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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