Control Tech XC Carbon handlebar review

Distinctive flagship cross-country bars

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £130.00 RRP | USD $198.23
Control Tech XC Carbon Handlebar

Our review

Heavy for the money/width, and its shape had lovers and haters
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Control Tech do a wide range of bars, from basic alloy numbers to ones aimed at downhill racers, but these distinctively shaped carbons are their cross-country flagships.


The bars have a marked flat ‘M’ shape where the outer tips sweep right back from a relatively flat centre. The bulge extends through the riser bends too, combining with the narrow width to make them a relatively stiff unit.

This shape and feel divided users between haters and a few who adored it, but with so many similar bars, something a bit different is a useful option. There is a wider standard diameter version for £110 if you fancy a bit more flex.

With a weight of 200g (sadly not the advertised 145g) and a limited amount of control space, it’s sure to be the distinctive shape not basic performance that’ll lure buyers.


Control Tech’s scandium bars (£45) have a similar ‘high sweep, high elbow’ shape but are way cheaper and only 28g heavier, making them our recommended Control Tech choice.

Product Specifications


Name XC Carbon (09)
Brand Control Tech

Features Carbon composite material, Super Strong, Ultra lightweight, Width: 640mm (31.8mm Ø) & 660mm (25.4mm Ø) Rise: 20mm
Weight (g) 200
Available Colours Carbon
Clamp/Bar Size 25.4 31.8