Gravity Grid bar and stem review£130.00

Solid wide bar, short stem combo

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Grid bar is a whopping 800mm wide (a 760mm version is also available). But Its laser-etched cut marks make it easy to lop up to 66mm from either side if you fancy fitting through some tighter gaps in the trees.

Touting eight degrees of backsweep and five degrees of upsweep, it’s a decent shape and feels natural on the trail. It’s only available with a 20mm rise and 35mm clamp diameter though, and at 316g it’s definitely built to take some abuse.

The counterpart Grid stem comes in stubby 35mm and 50mm lengths, with a six-degree rise and 35mm bar clamp. Weighing 167g (for the 50mm variant), it complements the bar’s DH credentials.

On the bike, the Gravity bar and stem combo is pretty stiff, making it feel like you’re running a few more psi than normal in your suspension fork. This translates to a more precise ride – you feel very connected to the front of the bike – but we found it could also cause arm and hand fatigue on extended descents.

Pricing

  • Bar: £60 / US$60 / AU$ NA
  • Stem: £70 / US$70 / AU$ NA
  • Total: £130 / US$130 / AU$ NA

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

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'10
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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