Giant Contact riser bar review£45.00

Well balanced and neutral on the wrists

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Contact is Giant’s mid-width all-rounder, and at 690mm it’s an ideal choice if you want to add control over a skinny original fitment bar without worrying about having to change stem length or smashing your knuckles on too many trees.

At 249g it's 29g heavier than stated but that's still relatively light for its width and its cost thanks to the use of 7000 series alloy. The centre section gets twist markings for easy setup, although some testers had to rotate it back and forwards a few times to find a sweet spot with the slightly upswept outer sections.

Once fettled, the nine-degree sweep is well balanced and neutral on the wrists. The high stiffness gives an accurate feel to steering and tyre traction feedback too. It can get tiring on your arms if you’re hammering hard across rocky/rough terrain though, so it’s not the wisest option for weak wristed or long distance riders.

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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