As one of the few contact points on the bike, handlebars can make a big difference to how your bike feels to ride, whether that’s MTB, urban or gravel riding. The two main types of straight handlebars are flat bars and riser bars. Riser bars offer a more upright riding position which can help you achieve a more controlled descending position on a mountain bike, or, in the case of urban riding, enhance your ability to see traffic or provide a more comfortable on the bike position. Flat bars in contrast can enhance your climbing position when riding the trails, and are also often favoured by cross country riders. For urban riders, flat handlebars can help you maintain an efficient aerodynamic riding position for speeding through the mean city streets!
When it comes to width, wider bars tend to offer a more controlled, assured feel, whilst narrower bars will feel more responsive and lively. In terms of materials, carbon and aluminium are the two main options. Carbon bars tend to be lighter but also more expensive than aluminium, whilst aluminium tends to be stiffer and carbon more forgiving, although a lot of this will come down to the design of the bar too - check out the product descriptions for further information on the ride qualities of a particular bar option you are interested in.
Our range includes some of the top MTB handlebar brands out there, including Thomson and the UK-based Ultimate Sports Engineering. If you have any questions or are unsure which bar option would be right for you, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help out!