Kore Torsion bar review£37.99

Seriously wide and totally flat

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Kore’s monster pipe gives maximum power assisted steering leverage at an affordable price. As you’d expect for a sub-£40, 800mm bar, the Torsion isn’t light, but this flat version does save 23g over the similar span Torsion 35mm riser.

The gauge tapers quickly from the centre so you get a massive 29cm of control space on either side. The big layback from the early start of the sweep keeps your wrists at a comfortable angle when you’re reaching right to the end of them.

The amount of metal does mean some buzz, but accuracy is higher and flex is lower than you’d expect from such a long pipe. Laser etched rotation, centring and tip trim etching makes adjusting your position easy too.

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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