Bontrager Select Mtn Handlebar

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)
Weight : 199 grams MSRP : $20.00

Product Description

  • Fabricated from 6061-T6 custom butted aluminum
  • 7 degree bend for comfortable hand positioning
  • Extra wide 600mm for extra leverage
  • Shot peened surface finish for increased fatigue life

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Aaron Zyms a Weekend Warrior from Florida

    Date Reviewed: March 22, 2006

    Strengths:    Nice and light. I won't ever worry that it might break. Decent for price, definitely a lot better than some cheaper stock ones, but this also comes stock on some Treks.

    Weaknesses:    Stiff at times. Too wide for raod use and I think it is no good with regular MTB grips. Need some gel tape for this bar. Some bar ends don't tighten all that well on it.

    Bottom Line:   
    I don't think it is worth it. Its wide for handling, but just doesn't handle well, kind of like badly made carbon fibers. I perfer bars of 460 to 480mm. Select was 500mm and a wrist killer.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Similar Products Used:   Easton flat, Ritchey Pro

    Bike Setup:   Ritchey Pro now.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Sprocketeer a Cross Country Rider from Narashino, Chiba, Japan (native of New York)

    Date Reviewed: February 11, 2003

    Strengths:    Very comfortable, doesn't rattle at all, and it doesn't feel like an extra wide bar.

    Weaknesses:    None. I'm very impressed, and that's given that I've had problems with Bontrager components disintegrating on me. Basically, if Bontrager makes it and it has no moving parts, it's an outstanding component.

    Bottom Line:   
    Of the stock Bontrager components which came on my 2002 TREK 8000 I bought in April, this handlebar is one of the few that didn't need an upgrade--or more likely broke on me before I could even figure if I liked it or not.

    Bontrager designs fantastic rims, bars, stems, saddles, and other non-mechanical parts, and this handlebar is one of them.

    Before I picked up the bike, I decided to have the bars cut before riding it home the first time--especially since this handlebar is extra-wide while I am not--but when the shop guy asked me how much I wanted it cut I got on the bike, felt the handle and said to the guy waiting with the pipecutter, "Actually, this feels pretty good. If I want them cut later on will you still do it for no extra-charge?" He said yes, but I never had the bars cut. It's one of the few items that came on my bike that actually worked as advertised--"Race ready right out of the box."

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    Favorite Trail:   I like it rough an' dirty baby!

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Came stock on my 2002 Trek 8000

    Similar Products Used:   I'm tempted to say,"Who cares! It's a friggin' handlebar!" but that would understate the importance of having a good handlebar and why having one like this Bontrager Select which gives me no problems whatsoever and is fairly light to boot is a load off my mind when it comes stock. (P.S. I can't really remember all the handlebars I've had, but this is the best so far).

    Bike Setup:   2002 TREK 8000 bought stock but being upgraded faster than I could have possibly imagined necessary--Shimano 959 pedals, Shimano XT 172.5 mm crankset and bottom bracket, Bontrager Race Lite titanium rail/gel insert saddle (god I love that saddle), Thompson Elite saddlepost, Panacer Fire XC Pro tires, . . . wishing I had bought a frameset instead.

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