Atomlab DHR Handlebar

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Sexy and Strong

Rating:
The Good:

Great looks, Durable, Wide, great feel, Weight is low for and aluminum DH bar

The Bad:

No center marks or cut off lines

Overall Review:

I picked up the Atomlab DHR bars after seeing them at Interbike 2014. I was looking to replace the stock cockpit and was impressed with both the DHR bars and SL stem from Atomlab. They have several colors to go with the scheme of most bike, but I went with the white decal black bars and black stem to coordinate with the white accents on my 2015 Cannondale Jekyll.

The bars are wide (800mm) and have a good feel with 5 degrees of upsweep and 9 degrees of backsweep. A lot of bars have 10 degrees of backsweep which works well with shorter bars, but on something this wide the angle is a bit extreme at the grips, so I was happy to see the slightly slack angles on the DHR's. The anodized finished is the nice glossy kind, and the decals are razor sharp. When you look at these bars they scream "my

Overall Review:

I picked up the Atomlab DHR bars after seeing them at Interbike 2014. I was looking to replace the stock cockpit and was impressed with both the DHR bars and SL stem from Atomlab.  They have several colors to go with the scheme of most bike, but I went with the white decal black bars and black stem to coordinate with the white accents on my 2015 Cannondale Jekyll.

The bars are wide (800mm) and have a good feel with 5 degrees of upsweep and 9 degrees of backsweep.  A lot of bars have 10 degrees of backsweep which works well with shorter bars, but on something this wide the angle is a bit extreme at the grips, so I was happy to see the slightly slack angles on the DHR's.  The anodized finished is the nice glossy kind, and the decals are razor sharp.  When you look at these bars they scream "my bars are more expensive than yours". 

When I installed them on my Jekyll, I intended to cut them down, but after 7 months and nearly 1000 miles of hard desert miles, they are still 800mm wide and I am enjoying the control they give me.  The feel of the bars is very comfortable and I find myself getting less soreness in my hands on long rides than in the past.

I ride the ledgy, rocky, technical trails in and around Las Vegas, so falls and crashes are a given.  At 800mm wide, the handlebar is likely to hit the ground first and take the brunt of the impact.  After numerous crashed my DHR bars are still straight and there are no scratches in the finish.

Overall Impressions

After extensive use of this product I can say that it is quality.  The finish is worthy of a bike of any price.  Carbon bars might be a bit lighter, but the durability of aluminum is the best, and I like the fact that these bars cost less than half the price of a carbon bar that has a warranty that is worth a darn.  If you are sick of the same old Spank, Easton, and Race Face bars, give these a try.  My only gripe is I wish they had center indicators to help in set up.If this was the case then I would give them 5 stars.

Specifications

Product Atomlab DHR Handlebar
Riding Type Freeride / Bike Park, Downhill, Other
Material 2015 Aluminum
Material Details
Clamp Diameter 35mm
Width 800mm
Rise 18mm
Upsweep
Backsweep
Colors Black/Red or Black/White or Black/Orange
Weight 0 lb 11.4 oz (322 g)
Miscellaneous
Price N/A
More Info

www.atomlab.com

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