Onza Bold handlebar review£50.00

Low, uncompromising bars

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Onza has it covered if you’re looking for a properly stiff but woodland-friendly flat bar at an affordable price and don’t mind a weight and comfort trade-off.

The new 35mm bar diameter ‘standard’ is generally only available on max-width downhill risers where the potentially increased strength and stiffness of the oversize stem clamp section makes most sense, but Onza has used it on its new Bold flat bar too.

This type of bar is ideal if you’re wanting to keep your hands as low as possible – over the taller front wheel of a 29er, for example – and at 740mm (with cut marks down to 700mm) it’s wide enough to add useful steering leverage without getting wedged between every pair of trees.

The extra girth means it weighs 296g uncut though, which is pretty weighty, and it’s got an unforgivingly stiff feel that means arm pump starts early on sustained rock-and-drop trails. It also needs to be paired with a 35mm stem.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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