Carbon Handlebars: Top Mountain Bike Choices for Performance & Comfort


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Imagine blazing down a rugged mountain trail, adrenaline pumping and wind whipping through your hair, while you effortlessly maneuver your bike with precision and control. What’s the secret to this exhilarating experience? Carbon fiber mountain bike handlebars!

Whether you’re embarking on a custom build or seeking the perfect upgrade, these sleek, high-performance handlebars will not only turn heads but also give you the ultimate control you crave on your adventures.

Are carbon handlebars MTB light?

Yes. This is one of the reasons why riders switch from aluminum handlebars.  Though they are very light, they are incredibly strong and have a shock absorption property.

What is the average length of carbon MTB handlebars?

Length will vary from 750mm to 1000mm. Many bars come with markings on the ends so you can cut them to your perfect length.

What are the top brands for carbon MTB handlebars?

Renthal and Raceface produce the top-performing bars.

Are carbon handlebars expensive?

No, not if you take mountain biking seriously; leading carbon bars can be bought for under $150.  Carbon MTB handlebars are currently much cheaper than carbon frames and wheels, so they make a good purchase for pimping your stock bike.

Renthal Fatbar Carbon Fiber Handlebar MTB

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We are big Rental fans at Sauserwind. Renthal is a UK based manufacturer that specializes in handlebars for motorbikes and mountain bikes. Renthal also sponsors some top MTB riders who have won world championships.

Renthal’s Fatbar carbon handlebars for MTB are the leading product in this category, used by many pro riders and ourselves. They are made of uni-directional (UD) carbon layers, making them very strong and allowing for shock absorption. These carbon handlebars allow for precision control of your bike, which is why pro riders use them.  We love the bar end markets, which allows for optimum setup.

These carbon fiber handlebars also come in different riser sizes:

Fatbar carbon 10mm, Fatbar carbon 20mm, Fatbar carbon 30mm, Fatbar carbon 40mm – all available through the link below.

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Race Face Next R 35 carbon fiber handlebars for MTB

Raceface Next 35

We’ve talked about Raceface grips before and how good they are. This Canadian company also manufactures quality carbon MTB handlebars that are well worth reviewing. Like the Fatbar handlebars above, they are built from UD carbon fiber, allowing for strength with very little weight.  Raceface gives a weight at 180g and are 760mm wide. These handlebars pictured above are the 20mm riser which we believe is a good all-around measurement for XC riders and weekend trail enthusiasts. These handlebars also come in a high-rise option, a 10mm, straight, and a downhill handle called the RaceFace Sixc DH.

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Chromag Fubars Cutlass Carbon Handlebar MTB

chromemag fubar carbon handlebars mtb

The Chromemag Fubar Cutlass is marketed as a cross-category MTB handlebar. This carbon fiber MTB handlebar has a 25mm riser, 5-degree sweep, and has a total length of 780mm. The total weight is 220g with a 31.8mm clamp.  None of the Sauserwind team owns this handlebar but we have read all the reviews and looking to try one out next year. Reviewers loved the graphics and the handlebars, and the overall feel.  The price has also been noted as a major buying factor at only $135 (current price at time of writing), compared to Enve carbon handlebar range.

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>> Read also our guide to the best carbon fiber mountain bike wheels

Niner Flat top Carbon Handlebar MTB

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A top-selling handlebar from Niner. This bar is 710mm and ideal for XC riders but is not specifically for 29ers and can be used on other MTBs.

The bars have markings, so you can easily trim them to get the exact fit you want. The bar is standard 31.8 mm with a +/- 5 rise and 9 degrees sweep. The total weight of this bar is 175g. The bar has noticeable vibration dampening when riding hard, allowing for more control.

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Enve MTB Downhill Handlebar

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Enve specializes in carbon fiber bike parts for road racing, MTB riders, and complete bikes.  All parts are manufactured in Ogden, Utah, USA, and come with industry-leading warranties.

This bar has a total width of 80 mm and weighs 235g.  The incredible strength of this bar will give you a noticeable stiffness and control if you are switching from aluminum and want to take downhill (DH) riding seriously.

Oneup Carbon Handlebars

These handlebars are 35mm but have been engineered to feel like a 31.8mm bar. The tweaking of the clamp area of the bar, making it oval, helps your arms from getting tired, especially on downhills where a lot of pressure is placed on the arms. The handlebars have 800 mm width and come with funky decal kits; the total weight is 230g.

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Other notable mentions: Specialized s-works carbon mini rise handlebars, Ritchey Superlogic Rizer Carbon Handlebar, Protaper 35mm carbon handlebar. We heard good things about the handlebars but have yet to test them. We’ll update this page once we get our hands on them.

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