3 Awesome Chromag MTB Handlebars


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Chromag is based in Whistler in Canada. If you’re a keen mountain biker, you’ll know that the region is home to some of the most famous mountain biking trails. It’s the perfect region to explore if you want to try some seriously challenging rides.

And, it’s the perfect backdrop for a company that designs and manufactures MTB gear. In fact, that sounds like it could also be the perfect place to work. Someone has to test all the designs and prototypes, after all. Chromag, if you are looking for volunteers, give us a call.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, it’s the perfect place if you want to put new designs through their paces in challenging conditions.
They have established a well-earned reputation for producing innovative products that are expertly crafted out of high-quality materials. They have also developed a reputation for outstanding customer service and fair dealing. People love their products, and that’s not surprising when you try them out.

Back to the issue at hand, though. How much thought have you given to your handlebars lately? Do you just stick to the ones that come standard with the bike and never give them another thought? Don’t feel alone, most people do.

And, if you’re doing some basic trail riding, that’s not much of an issue. When it becomes important, however, is when it comes to more challenging trails or races. It’s in circumstances like these where pinpoint control and comfort become especially important.

And, while a standard set of handlebars is going to allow you to maneuver, you’ll never quite be able to get the best possible performance out of them. It’s something that is hard to describe to someone who has never experienced the difference before.

If precise control and eking every possible last bit of performance out of every ride are important to you, you need to consider upgrading your handlebars.

And, if you decide to go that route, who better to trust than Chromag? What we have done for this post is to take a look at all the options that they had and narrow them down to our three top choices. Here they are.

CHROMAG FUBARS OSX 35 HANDLEBAR

This model is our budget pick and comes in significantly less expensive than the other two models we chose. But in this case, cheaper doesn’t mean worse; it just means different. In our case, the difference is that this model was designed as a downhill-specific option.

The 7000 serious premium alloy is stiff enough and resilient enough to ensure that you get maximum control when flying downhills. The rise is low-profile at 25mm and features a precise 5°/8° up/back sweep.

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This combination allows you to maintain a comfortable position while still leaving room for aggressive maneuvering. This is 780mm of handlebar providing the perfect balance between control and leverage.

The clamping surface is 35mm in diameter, allowing for it to be clamped securely in position. The larger size of this surface also helps to dampen vibrations traveling up the stem and provide more stiffness and strength.

All in all, this rates as our best value for money option, keeping in mind that you have to have a 35mm-specific stem on your bike if you want to install it.

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Pros
• Sturdy
• Rigid and resilient
• Allows you to exert excellent control
• Large clamping surface helps with the dampening of vibrations
• Low-profile rise
• Excellent price
• Light weight at between 325g and 330g, depending on whether or not it is anodized or painted
Cons
• You must have the right stem
• Made particularly to give more control on downhill runs, might be wasted on flat runs
• Heavier than carbon-fiber options

CHROMAG BZA HANDLEBAR

The model does come in as more expensive, but then it is also a more durable option. It features a width of 800mm which is full DH width. It is made from carbon woven in one direction for maximum rigidity and vibration dampening properties.

The carbon fiber is strong and durable and saves you about 25% of the weight of a comparable aluminum model. By comparison, the first model that we reviewed, though 20mm shorter is actually just over 100g heavier.

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The rise is low-profile at 25mm and features a precise 5°/8° up/back sweep, as was the case in the previous review.
This combination allows you to maintain a comfortable position while still leaving room for aggressive maneuvering. This is 780mm of handlebar providing the perfect balance between control and leverage.

The clamping surface is 35mm in diameter, allowing for it to be clamped securely in position. The larger size of this surface also helps to dampen vibrations traveling up the stem and provide more stiffness and strength.

So, if they are so similar why this model over the first one? The carbon fibers make this lighter and more durable. They are also more effective at dampening vibrations overall.

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Pros
• Full DH-width at 800mm
• Made of carbon fibers woven in one direction to improve durability
• Low profile makes it ideal for aggressive riding
• Superior vibration dampening effects
• Larger clamping surface to further improve dampening effects
• Light weight at 220g
• Will be around about 25% lighter than a similar model made from aluminum
Cons
• Pricier
• Need a specific stem

CHROMAG FUBARS CUTLASS HANDLEBAR

Proof yet again that we have somewhat expensive tastes, this is the priciest option we have reviewed. It is, of course, our favorite out of the lot.
What we really like is that you aren’t limited to just one particular category here. This can make the crossover from Enduro through to XC flawlessly. It’s a great bar that is 780mm in width, 31.8mm in diameter and that weighs only 220g.

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Much like our previous model, the secret here is the high-quality carbon fiber that has been used in creating it. This has been woven in one direction to ensure maximum strength and durability. The main difference between this and the previous two bars, though, is its responsiveness.
It has been designed for the optimal balance between responsive handling and vibration dampening. You’ll feel the difference when you take this baby for a spin.

In terms of profile and angle, this is exactly like the other two. So, if you’re in to challenging tracks and aggressive riding, this could be the perfect bar for you.

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Pros
• Carbon weave, uni-directional for strength
• Highly responsive handling
• Low profile for comfort and control
• 780mm of pure control
• Light weight at 220g
• Great vibrational dampening properties
Cons
• This is the priciest one that we reviewed here

Conclusion
If you are considering upgrades for your bike, the handlebars are a great place to start. And Chromag is an excellent company to start with. Any of the choices that we have looked at will make a quality addition to your riding experience. Why not feel the difference for yourself?

 

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