Control Tech Formidable Classic drop handlebar review

A unique combo of old and new

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £119.99 RRP | USD $140.95
Control tech formidable classic

Our review

An average performer whose shape is an odd mix of old and new
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The swollen ergo-shaped tops of the Formidable might not appeal to everyone, but place your hands on them and you find the shape is wide and sculpted enough for great comfort while cruising, and can be gripped when the going gets tough.


However, the Classic round drops are at odds with the tops, both visually and in terms of performance, with the transition from top to drop too steep, and the bend too tight for your hands to find a natural resting place.


Stiffness and weight ae average for an aluminium bar, but the non-Classic Formidable might prove to be a better option.

Product Specifications


Name Formidable Classic (10)
Brand Control Tech

Weight (g) 310
Available Colours Black White
Clamp/Bar Size 31.8
Material Aluminium
Width (Centre to Centre) 40/42/44