Kona DH Primo bar review£35.00

If you've got a Kona and you haven't already got matching bars then these might be right up your street

BikeRadar score3/5

If you've got a Kona and you haven't already got matching bars then these might be right up your street. But you'll have to favour a seriously stiff feel, as the oversized bulge on this bar comes all the way up over the bends for proper wrist-breaking feedback levels. But the big nine-degree backsweep keeps things cruiser comfy from a positional point of view so there's good balance here.

When we did a bar and stem test about three years ago they all looked like this one, so if you're after retro appeal then this could be the ideal stem for you. A big machined square with massive pockets just behind the extended flange bar clamp creates an I-beam cross section, with big triple bolts snugly hidden in the fat, tall back end. But it's no stiffer than most currently available, and it's definitely not 175g as Kona claim.

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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