Bontrager Crowbar XXX DH Handlebar

4.55/5 (11 Reviews)
Weight : 510 grams MSRP : $30.00


Product Description

  • Made from 4130 Cro-moly steel with welded crossbar and offers superior strength for the rigors of pro downhill competition
  • Unique grip section profile slopes slightly upward and back so actual rise is determined by hand position
  • 40-58mm rise depending on hand position


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    Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by bryan a Racer from corona, california, united states of america

    Date Reviewed: April 5, 2009

    Strengths:    really wide, perfect for trials riding... the wider the better... the shims fit perfectly into the oversized stem i have on 2 of my bikes (both have xxx dh) the price is worth the piece of mind when coming off an 8ft drop durring the sessions i do in an urban environment... mostly trials riding in southern ca... the weight is minimal when compared to other flimsy aluminum bars if you compare strength to weight. If you are tired of bars that have catostrophic failures within 6 mo... try the XXX DH CROMO bars, if trials and dh/freeride is for you! 11 years with no failures on 2 different bikes since 1998... one a trials mod bike and the other a dh/freeride bike... i have ridden 6-12 hrs weekly for 11 years. never once failed and forgiving enough for the biggest hits and drops...

    Weaknesses:    shims have a slight slip, use 2-5 brake cable clippings to prevent shim slippage between shim and bars is the best way. between the stem and the shim if that does't work... trial and error...

    Bottom Line:   
    aluminum bars will fail in the long run... i trust these cromo bars with my life, and my life is in my hands on these bars... cromo xxx dh bars have survived on 2 of my trials bikes since 1998 and have not shown even the slightest signs of wear and are as rigid as the day of purchas... one on a stock trials/dh/freeride bike the other on a mod trials bike used in competitions and in daily rides... i am riding on the same pair since 1998...

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    Favorite Trail:   local

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   circle city cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   azonic bars-snapped durring trials session... triple walled bars- snapped at bulge durring trials session... other aluminum bars with a clamp on cross bar that snapped at clamp durring a trials session... triple walled aluminum bars that snapped quickly after about a dozen 8 ft. drops...

    Bike Setup:   gt-1994, mod trials bike setup... mostly stock except chain and front end... bars and stem custom... chain-conspiriacy theory... stock bike is a klein with custom front end and both have XXX cromo dh bars equiped from day one...

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Anthony L a Weekend Warrior from Halifax, NS, Canada

    Date Reviewed: November 16, 2004

    Strengths:    Tough, looks, price

    Weaknesses:    Comes stock 28 inches wide, but i ended up shaving off a few inches

    Bottom Line:   
    Good handlebar for your Freeride, Downhilling, street needs

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    Favorite Trail:   wrandees, Bowl (for the street riding)

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Cyclesmith

    Similar Products Used:   - Answer Gold Protaper
    - Kona DH bar & Primo
    - Ameba DH bars


    Bike Setup:   Banshee Scratch fully ridgid, Kona DJ ridgid fork,24 inch Atomic Atomlab Trailpimps rims laced with XT Hubs, Wrapped with Kenda Krad 2.3 tires, Seshin Proto-type 3 piece BMX Crankset, E13 Bashguard, Kona Jack Sh!t pedals, Bontrager Crow Bar, Kona Klump 50mm stem.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by jake a Weekend Warrior from endicott ny

    Date Reviewed: June 11, 2004

    Strengths:    strong. no flex. good bend. light. good color

    Weaknesses:    none yet

    Bottom Line:   
    good for cross country riding at the trails around my house.
    So far I would buy another pair.

    Four chillis for the money spent
    Four chillis for the weight. (could be a little lighter)

    i would recomend them for cross coutry or for just an up grade too. (you must ride fast or be last)

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    Favorite Trail:   anywhere

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   teds bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   fist one

    Bike Setup:   mostly stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Phil a Downhiller from Seattle, WA

    Date Reviewed: December 23, 2003

    Strengths:    Cheap, Strong, Looks good, Chromo, Wide

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    Amazing bars for the price. I needed to replace some old RFs and these were the cheapest I could find that looked strong. No problems after a season of racing and Whistler. Chromo will bend before it snaps so you won't be eating your stem.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Similar Products Used:   Raceface, Titec, Powertools, Azonic

    Bike Setup:   '02 Bullit/Avy, '99 Monster, M4

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by LunchBox a Downhiller from TEXAS

    Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002

    Strengths:    Light for DH, accurate, no flex, and have you tards noticed that this bar acts like the $150 Mg stems, as far as cutting out the high frequency vibes? I've run this beaut for almost 2 years...I SHOULD replace it...but it hasn't given me a reason too...fatigue...it's there somewhere.

    Weaknesses:    *they aren't free

    Bottom Line:   
    the d@mn thing is like 40 bucks, indestructible, and peeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrty. I love this stupid bar...and my next bar will be the same.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   shoppe

    Similar Products Used:   Titec HellBent, Specialized 2" Riser

    Bike Setup:   it's on a 3rd bike now...

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jim Werbein from Vancouer, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 24, 2002

    Strengths:    Wide.
    Crossbar.
    Stiff.
    Pretty strong I guess.


    Weaknesses:    Sometimes a little too wide.
    Heavy.
    Bent.


    Bottom Line:   
    A decent bar, I bent mine in a moderate crash after 3 months... I won't buy another pair though. These failed miserably IMO.

    Bent the bar about an inch down, inch and a half inward, also cracked the weld holding the crossbrace on.

    Not a super durable bar. But decent all the same.

    4 for value, it was cheap.
    2 overall, because it bent.

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    Favorite Trail:   Gold

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Shat Dog

    Similar Products Used:   Lots


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Shane a Cross Country Rider from Cortland NY

    Date Reviewed: August 21, 2002

    Strengths:    Great Price, very strong, great bend.

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    I needed a riser bar bad. I felt like I was leaning way too far over the front hub. These bars have changed the whole geometry of my bike and made HUGE improvements. I'm an old BMXer and these bars put you more upright in the saddle. Makes downhills feel way more stable even with cheap RST 281 forks, and uphills climbs have NOT been effected in any negative way.

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    Favorite Trail:   just moved here

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $29.00

    Purchased At:   Bikesource.com

    Similar Products Used:   This is my first riser bar, I needed one long ago.

    Bike Setup:   Mongoose A50r, mostly stock.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Luke from Vermont

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2002

    Strengths:    - Very strong, cross brace makes it very stiff
    - Not so wide that my bars hit trees on switchbacks
    - Cheap in price


    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a surprisingly strong and functional product from Bontrager...I took a gamble buying a DH product from them but it has turned out to be awesome...totally strong, stiff, and not overkill like the Planet X bars. What else can I say, for $30 retail you get a much cheaper version of some of the other hyped-up superstrong riser bars on the market.

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    Favorite Trail:   Circumcision Highway

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Earl's Cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   Planet X Goliath


    Bike Setup:   Snipes 7mm set up for urban/freeride

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Cailan Libby a Downhiller from Golden,B.C.,Canada

    Date Reviewed: July 26, 2002

    Strengths:    Everything, really strong, look awesome, cheaper than most high end bars and works better

    Weaknesses:    None, absolutely nothing

    Bottom Line:   
    These are sweet bars, Look awesome, work awesome, just an awesome bar.

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    Favorite Trail:   b12

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   local bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   answer, monkey lite

    Bike Setup:   Dh rig

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nick from Tempe, AZ

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 2002

    Strengths:    Strong, nice finish, welded crossbar, strong, stiff, confidence inspiring

    Plus, cromo bends before it breaks, so no unexpected chest punctures from the tattered remains of your aluminum bar at the bottom of that big drop


    Weaknesses:    "Waaaah, it's heavy, waaaah"
    ha!


    Bottom Line:   
    I really like this bar. It's hard to overstate how much. Take that flimsy alloy bar of yours, put your hands on the ends, and put all your weight on it. Then bounce up and down. Feel that? That's your bar wanking around about a half an inch or more. I don't know about you, but I don't like that.

    Even with a rigid cromoly fork, I cannot get this thing to flex. The geometry is perfect for me, and is definitely unique among the bars I've tried. Big, wide, and precise.
    My favorite bar.

    IT'S THIRTY DOLLARS! Why don't you own one yet?! In this day of radically overpriced components, do something to support the guys who offer us quality at a decent price!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Cambria, even though their service is crappy and hopeless

    Similar Products Used:   Azonic double wall, Club roost riser, Titec ringleader, raceface air alloy, bontrager race modified

    Bike Setup:   one trials, one slalom

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by martin l. a Weekend Warrior from quebec (canada)

    Date Reviewed: January 3, 2002

    Strengths:    very strong
    very long
    it's cromo
    good look


    Weaknesses:    nothing

    Bottom Line:   
    Good stuff for those who whant a bar that is very solid and long enaugh for trials or freeriding.
    I suggest this bar to anyone and for only 50$ can. get it now.

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    Favorite Trail:   freeride

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   gagne velo ski

    Similar Products Used:   azonic

    Bike Setup:   planet x bommer frame, xt cranks, fishbone pedals, bomber fork, dh stem, axiom bashguard, lx derailleur, dh tires, lx v-brakes and avid levers (will be upgraded by discs soon)
    all good stuff for extreme freeriding

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