Thomson Trail C handlebar review£125.00

Carbon bars with a firm ride feel

BikeRadar score4/5

Thomson made the bold move into bars a couple of years ago and this glossy carbon Trail C model is an unsurprisingly perfect match for its glossy CNC machined stems.

  • Weight: 211g
  • Width: 750mm
  • Rise: 12mm
  • Backsweep: 6 degrees
  • Upsweep: 4 degrees

Instead of a generic nine/five shape, Thomson has gone for an aggressive forward hand position from just a six-degree sweep for these bars. The rise is low too, and this is matched with a firm ride feel that puts the trail surface right into your palms.

There’s a flat 730mm version too, if you want an even more attacking feel up front too. 

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The Trail C bars are 750mm wide, with cutting marks provided if you want them a bit shorter

The 750mm width here gives plenty of technical section taming leverage and tough, nano resin unidirectional carbon gets a skin of cross-woven 1.5K carbon at the tips for safe chopping – or crashing.

Considering the premium Thompson could have charged, it’s reasonably priced too.

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

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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