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Race Face SixC Handlebar

“Race face Sixc DH Handlear”


The Good:

Very strong and light! Absorbs the small bumps much better than the aloy handlebars I had before. The rise ans back sweep is very comfortable.

The Bad:

Nothing. Everything is as it should be!

Overall Review: Using it since beginnin of the season on my V-10. it just fits perfectly to the bike and to my riding style. I really like it!
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Vital MTB member sebastian.schelker
25528 sebastian.schelker,25528/all 06/13/13,25528/setup 4 2

2013 Lapierre Zesty 214 Bike

“An all-round bike”


The Good:

Good control. Fork travel is adequate for most terrain. Shock gives you comfortable feeling all the time. Rear wheel is stable when doing descent and turning.

The Bad:

Sprocket is weak, it broke at the first off-road ride. The running of brake hoses and shifting wires are tricky at the rear.

Overall Review: Not a light weight bike but can get used to it very soon. A really all-round bike which can handle most of the terrains.
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Vital MTB member Freddy
25817 Freddy,25817/all 06/22/13,25817/setup 1

Spank Oozy 26AL EVO Complete Wheels

“Reasonable wheels for the price.”


The Good:

Light, strong, tubeless ready, many axle sizes (as long as you spend extra)

The Bad:

Not fully compatible with many axle sizes or tubeless out of the box an no valves or rim tape, alloy free hub.

Overall Review: Lots of riders use different axles, not their fault, just how the industry has moved. So if you manufacture wheel-sets it would be great to include most common hub adapters, 100x20mm, 100x15mm, 142x12mm and 134x10mm are pretty standard. Then soon we'll need these annoying SRAM Boost options. So it would be great if wheelset makers included these extra axle adapters or one or two others in the box. Also if you want to sell something as 'tubeless ready' you might like to include rim tape, valves and tire sealant, otherwise that makes your product not tubeless ready. That rant over, the actual wheelset is pretty good and Read More »
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Vital MTB member ZMC888
6998 ZMC888,6998/all 03/03/11,6998/setup 5 25 59 1

Loaded Precision AmX Handlebar

“Nice price and AWESOME looks....”


The Good:

Strong, durable coatings, great width, there is nothing I don't like about these bars....

The Bad:

Hmmmmm? I'm not sure there is a bad. Really its handle bars.

Overall Review: I have been running these bars for a few years. I moved to Michigan from SOCAL a year ago and I was rather close to the Loaded HQ.  I ended up need a new pair of bars after a mishap at Noble Canyon so I talked to my buddy Derric and he directed me to Loaded.  I found the bars in Green to match the rest of my kit and I was off.  I did take 13mm off each bar end and they are still plenty wide for me.  As I said above these are great bars and for the price you just cant beet them.
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Vital MTB member racook1971
17209 racook1971,17209/all 07/24/12,17209/setup 4 2

Easton Havoc 35 Aluminum Handlebar

“Perfect bar, for me at least”


The Good:

Reasonably light, no flex

The Bad:

None found

Overall Review: I've used these bars for at least three years with no complaints. These were my first bars over 710mm, so I can't compare them to much other than the rise sweep and flex are perfect for me. Recently I tried some Spank bars that were 40mm rise and 10mm wider and after many attempts at trying to like them went back to my trusty old Eastons. I'm not saying they are better than market leaders like Renthal Fatbars as I haven't used them, but the Eastons with between 10-20mm stack height are ideal for me..
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Vital MTB member ZMC888
6998 ZMC888,6998/all 03/03/11,6998/setup 5 25 59 1

Gravity Light Handlebar

“the perfect handlebar”


The Good:

the combination of back and up sweap. Light and stiff. just the right amount of rise
not crazy expensive.

The Bad:

only got one of them, and they are not available in my country

Overall Review: perfect for everything i ride. Dirtjump, DH, freeride, allmountain. affordable, but hard to find.
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Vital MTB member Lasse_Jensen
5933 Lasse_Jensen,5933/all 12/26/10 1 2,5933/setup 2 1

Easton Haven Alloy Handlebar

“It's a handlebar!”


The Good:

Strong, looks good, width is perfect for trail riding.

The Bad:

Not as light as carbon?

Overall Review: I've been running these bars (711mm wide) for over 2 years with the Haven 80mm stem. Definitely well made and strong, and have stood up to some fantastic abuse.  The width is ideal for the average rider on any trails from XC to AM.  For downhill I'd be looking for something a tad wider, but these are perfect for about anything else.  The paint and finish is on par with the higher end Easton stuff, and it looks good when paired with their Haven stem. Bottom line is that these are strong, hold controls and levers, and help you steer the bike.  Sweet!
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Vital MTB member THB
22022 THB,22022/all 02/12/13 1,22022/setup 3 2

Black Market Bada Boom 31.8mm Handlebar

“Good bars!”


The Good:

They have the perfect rise you need to keep the bike in control, while the length keeps stability on shore!

The Bad:

They are a bit heavy.

Overall Review: These are good handlebars for the price, the rise and length provide comfort and control on many situations, if they would be a bit lighter, they would be great!
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Vital MTB member Paking
3320 Paking,3320/all 07/06/10 5 3

Renthal FatBar Riser Bar

“Renthal fatbar and fatbar light”


The Good:

nice color
good riding position

The Bad:

nothing really

Overall Review: i love this handlebars, i have the fatbar in my Downhill bike at 20 elevation and cuted down to 760 mm,i don't like to mutch wide, but it is a question of tastes. The fatbar lite that i have on my enduro bike is the 30 elevation and the standart 740mm, I love the riding position that it gives, and it's the same position on both bikes, it's almost riding the same bike. I've already had some crashes with both and they are like new.
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Vital MTB member tmano2
14324 tmano2,14324/all 03/17/12 12 14 3,14324/setup 2 62 72 4

Spank Spike EVO 777 Handlebar

“Great Bars”


The Good:

They work well for their intended purpose, they come in many colors, they look cool, they come in different rises, they are wide, they provide a great place to put my grips, shifter and brake levers.

The Bad:

They are not free, they suck at chopping down trees and while you may think otherwise they do not make for a good eating utensil.

Overall Review: I purchased these new for a FR bike build I did over the Winter. I also went with the Spank Spike 55mm stem. The bars are wide and I do club the occasional tree when riding very tight single track but this does not bother me, it's all part of the game right. I have also used these at my local DH park, I would buy them again.
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Vital MTB member conlysm
18708 conlysm,18708/all 09/27/12 1 1 1 2