KCNC SC Bone riser bar review£52.00

Good value, lightweight alloy handlebar

BikeRadar score3.5/5

KCNC are lightweight kit specialists, so it’s no surprise this scandium bar is one of the lightest trail-orientated wide alloy bars available. Scandium has been used as a hardening element for aluminium alloy bike parts for a while, proving itself a trail worthy material.

Centre and tip marks make centring or trimming easy, but the thin walls mean you need to take your time while fitting to avoid potential stress-cumulating scratches. While it’s not very stiff it’s not excessively twangy either. At just over 230g it’s close to many carbon fibre bars in weight, despite being half the price.

The tapered riser section and relatively flat outer ends with slightly less sweep than normal give it a low, 'cross-country race' feel on the bike, which suits its intended users. Scandium alloy and thin wall tubing mean lots of flex and shock absorption in the ride feel, to again suit cross-country users.

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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