CrankBrothers Opium 3 handlebar review

780mm bar for trail or downhill use

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
£69.99 RRP
CrankBrothers Opium 3 handlebar

Our review

Lightweight but wide option with decent comfort and
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At 290g the Opium 3 bar’s main selling point is its low weight. The full-width Opium is 780mm wide, and is comparable to bars such as the Renthal Fatbar (345g, 780mm) and Easton’s Havoc (315g, 750mm).

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The Opium is available with a 15mm or 30mm rise, with a nine-degree backsweep, and comes in a stunning iron colourway, which has attracted many complimentary comments out on the trails.

You’d be forgiven for thinking such a lightweight bar might not stand up to downhill abuse, but we’ve had no problems despite a pretty hard run-in with a tree and several minor scuffs. 

Many riders like the security of a heavier bar, but heavier doesn’t necessarily mean stronger. An element of flex can be felt through the Opium – not so much so that steering or the contact with the front end is affected, but enough to slightly dampen trail buzz.

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

Product Specifications

Product

Name Opium 3 bar (13)
Brand CrankBrothers

Weight (g) 290
Length (mm) 780
Diameter 31.8
Handlebar Rise 15
Bend 9