CrankBrothers’ Cobalt 3 flat bars are available in 600mm and 680mm widths. We went for the wider option to suit our 100mm-travel (3.9in) cross-country test rig.
The Cobalt 3s sit mid-pack in the CrankBrothers bar range and are a seriously delicious bit of kit. Made from 7075 aluminium and weighing in at 195g, they’re certainly race worthy and the anodised finish is also laser etched and sandblasted at the ends for better purchase when fitting grips and controls.
The ‘flat’ bars actually have a 8mm rise with a six-degree backsweep, which is easy on the wrists and makes for a comfortable riding position. You’ll either love or hate the shape… we persevered and after a few months of hard riding we really like the direct feel and width – and the drool-worthy finish.