Syncros Hixon SL iC integrated bar and stem review
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.