NC-17 Big-D Pro bar review£29.99

NC-17 are a new brand here but some neat thinking and detailing mean they deserve real attention

BikeRadar score4/5

NC-17 are a new brand but some neat thinking and detailing mean they deserve real attention. The Big-D's fat section tapers early in the bend which makes it quite forgiving over big hits or rocky/street riding. The generous rise to the tips split opinions between lovers and haters, but NC-17 have a big range of bars in other shapes, and the price is reasonable for the quality.

NC-17 do loads of more normal stems but we couldn't resist covering this monster 1.5in steerer piece. A super wide 65mm mouth and face plate front thick walls with a huge CNC cavern inside. A side-slotted window on the back keeps weight bearable, and hidden bolts mean it's actually fairly knee friendly despite its size. The front window mirrors the bar logos nicely while red logos are bolted into recessed holes on the side. Quality costs, though.

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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