Spank Bitch Stick 30 bar review£47.99

Spank's low rise Bitch Stick looks and sounds like a thug but it's actually really subtle

BikeRadar score4/5

Spank's low rise Bitch Stick looks and sounds like a thug but it's actually really subtle. The XGT (Xtreme Gradual Taper) in-wall thickness round the bends really gives a noticeable amount of wrist relief for such a heavy bar. Feedback from our sickest testers and users confirms this heavyweight is a seriously strong piece. The medium shape was really well liked and nobody complained about too much twang either. The downside is it's not cheap.

Spank's headline stem is pricey but impressively solid for its weight and well detailed. The 7075 T6 body gets a rounded back end that tucks the bolts in well while deep ribs down the side lose some weight but maintain stiffness. The no-logo design can be flipped for low rise running. A nice machined logo marks the face plate while the '1 Timer' gets an etched logo for a tenner less.

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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