With handlebars, there’s a fine line between a great pair of bars and ones that make better boomerangs. That fine line lies in the proper rise, upsweep and backsweep to make for the perfect angles and comfort while dialing you in for the right power through hard corners. I’ve ridden a ton of different bars and have honed in on a few brands that consistently make the right feeling bars. I’ve pretty much narrowed my A-list to Titec, Truvativ, RaceFace and Easton. Anything else seems to have missed the mark for what I like in a bar.
I’ve had the Titec El Norte Expert riser on my 2005 Giant Reign 1 for about a year now and couldn’t be happier with it. Honestly, there’s not a whole lot to say about handlebars–you either like it and forget about it, or you absolutely hate it and can’t wait to chuck it at the local stray cats for target practice. All I can say is that a bad set of handlebars make better boomerangs than handlebars.
Unfortunately, most bikes come stock with boomerang bars. I’ve had a hard time finding a bike off the shelf with a solid set of handlebars. Of course, it’s entirely personal preference, but the handlebars found stock on most bikes tend to be some house-brand afterthought, not a nice top-notch set of bars like the Titec El Norte Expert bars.
What I like about the Titec El Norte Expert riser bars:
- Perfect upsweep and backsweep
- Nice width… not too narrow and not too wide
- Solid 31.8 diameter makes it light and stiff
Specs of the Titec El Norte Expert riser bars:
- 2014 Aluminum T6
- 690 mm width
- 2.25″ rise, 9-degree backsweep and 5-degree upsweep
- 325 gram weight
- Clamp diameter 31.8mm
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