Niner Flat Top handlebar review£48.00

Keeps your hands low over a larger wheel

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Niner specialise in 29in-wheeled mountain bikes and parts, and their flat top bar is designed to keep your hands low over a larger wheel. At 711mm it’s as wide as most all-mountain bars but the flat design saves weight compared to risers, and it’s also less expensive than pipes with a couple of kinks in.

The butted 7000 series bar is bead blasted to stop stress risers forming prematurely and it gets twist and trim marks marked on. It can take some visual and rotational adjustment as at first it looks like it droops rather than being flat.

The nine-degree sweep starts early, but there’s no extra kickback towards the tips so it puts your hands in the same place in feel terms, albeit at a slightly flatter wrist angle. Lab testing confirms its comfortable but accurate on-trail feel, and you can add rise with stem spacers, making it a good, well priced all-rounder.

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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