Syncros Hixon SL iC integrated bar and stem review£300.00

A pricey all-in-one that impresses with good looks

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The radical-looking Syncros Hixon all-in-one carbon-fibre bar and stem was first spotted on the 2018 Scott Genius and now it’s available for anyone to buy. Well, anyone with a ton of money to spend on a super-light trail set-up. Even compared to top-end carbon bars (£150-175) and a lightweight stem (£100), it’s still on the spendy side…

At just under 300g, it’s comparable in weight with a light trail bar and shorty stem, so there are no gains there either. 

 If the shape suits you, the bar-feel will impress for fast trail use. 

The idiosyncratic shape combines a minimal-length stem (40, 50 or 60mm) extension with a flatter mid-section and a pronounced backsweep through the grip and control portion of the 760mm bar. This means that, while the centre of each grip sits at the same point in space as it would on a conventional 760mm bar clamped in a 40mm stem, the steering feels more like you’re running a 50 to 60mm stem.

As it’s all one piece, there’s no way to rotate the bar to fine-tune backsweep and upsweep, too. If the shape suits you, though, the bar-feel will impress for fast trail use. 

There’s enough give to stop your wrists getting trashed by big slams but plenty of precision for chasing tyre traction. It looks amazing on a suitably sci-fi bike, too.

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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