Syncros AM20 Composite mountain bike handlebar review£110.00

Comfy carbon choice

BikeRadar score2.5/5

This generous width carbon bar is a minimal weight, high comfort option for less aggressive riders. We were concerned about quality control as our sample was 33g lighter than the 195g stated weight. This suggests a worrying amount of material was missing.

Still, it passed our CE testing rig regime without showing any stress marks, and there were no cracks or creaks when hammering it on the trail. It comes with alloy bar end reinforcement plugs, so it’s scuff-proof and fine to use with lock-on style grips.

The centre section gets a grip wrap for security, with back-of-bar angle markers to help you set the backsweep and upsweep. The bar does flex a lot so if you like millimetre-precise trail placement it’s not for you. There’s no shortage of springy leverage so if you’re a light rider looking for a 28.4in bar for less weight than most 27in cross-country options, this is a good choice.

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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