Syncros Handlebar Handlebar

4.34/5 (38 Reviews)
MSRP : $130.00


Product Description

Steel - Absorb this. Our state-of-art custom hard-drawn 7075T78 aerospace aluminum is heat-treated and stress-relieved to damp vibrations and absorb shocks on the bumpiest of grinds.

Titanium - The state of the art. Aircraft-certified T3Al2.5V titanium, hard-drawn and heat-treated to deliver optimal strength, fatigue resistance and shock absorpion. Goes down smoother than your tenth tequilla. 155g



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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mikey Likes It a Cross Country Rider from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2002

Strengths:    Very Strong. Very light (read below). Titanium model, are people below talking about the aluminum or titanium?

Weaknesses:    Dunno. It would appear from reading below that they can bend or break when leaping over school busses or doing drop offs from 30 foot cliffs, or houses, etc. Wish they would have said if it was the Ti or the Alum model - case I want to do a drop-off from my office window...

Bottom Line:   
>>>>>

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HEY YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please specify which bar you are using when you say it broke.

1. Titanium flat bar
2. Aluminum flat bar
3. Aluminum riser bar

They will all act completely different, and we need to know.

>>>>>

I have number 1., the Titanium Flat Bar. It came on my Rocky Mountain 2000 Element TO Scandium, bought used. The setup was a little off for me, and my LBS recommended replacing this with a riser. I put on the Answer Pro Taper.

I had already ridden it with the Syncros Ti Flat bar at several rock gardens. At first I hated the narrow width, it took a bit getting used to, especially after a 26" Easton Carbon Riser (monkey lite). Also I looked at it and thought "that thing must be pretty damn heavy".

When I pulled this bar off the bike, I was astounded at how much it weighed, or didn't weigh, if you follow. Lighter than a carbon straight bar I had sitting in my garage. Very nice, with aluminum plugs in the ends. Marked "Heat Tempered Titanium". Light as a feather. Stronger as steel.

The Answer Pro Taper weighed twice as much. It makes my hands numb. It looks great, much nicer than than the Synrcos.

The Syncros will be reinstalled. I will swap the headset spacers (luckily there are ones top and bottom of my stem), to adjust the syncros bar. I will be keeping it.

BOTTOM LINE - I think it is an incredible handlebar. Light. Strong. Vibration dampening. Ugly silver, but who gives a f---. I'm keeping it.

Email me for a deal on the Answer Pro Taper 1" Riser bar, used 3 days.

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Favorite Trail:   Hall, Walker, Dino, etc.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Was on the bike, bought used

Similar Products Used:   Easton Carbon, Answer Pro-Taper, Profile Designs, Specialized Alloy.

Bike Setup:   RM TO Scandium.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ace a Cross Country Rider from canada/kroea

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2002

Strengths:    lite...

Weaknesses:    bends

Bottom Line:   
well it maybe lite...but being a flat bar...vibration absorbing does not replace a riserbar..
but that is my personal preferance so it should not affect my rating...

well it bends after a long time riding...but i can live with that...but just don't do any stupid jumps like some of those freaks below...

"my bar bent when i was jumping" of course it bent u idiot..

it's like "my Litespeed snapped after falling 30feet...it is waste of money so don't buy it"

don't be fooled by those and get this bar...because you are a cross country machine and so is your bike...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   litespeed

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ANdy from alberta edmonton canada

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2001

Strengths:    What strengths?

Weaknesses:    The bends, oh the bends

Bottom Line:   
I would only recomend these to someone who is extremly lite weight or rich

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Over priced united cylce

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   a nice bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Leblanc a Cross Country Rider from Moncton,N.B, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2001

Strengths:    Sweet looking,gives that custom look to your ride.Light enough for me at 155grams.Titanium bar should last a while.

Weaknesses:    Other than price none.But hey you have to pay for quality

Bottom Line:   
Well....some people say they break them,but they all mentioned pretty serious crashes. All handle bars will break under enough pressure.I raced a few Cross Country events, and even done some hard drops with no problems.I'm still looking to buy a Syncros seat post in the future.Stem and handle bar are great!

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Favorite Trail:   fast single track

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Easton taper wall.

Bike Setup:   98' rocky mountain.Oxygen race.99 Z2 A bomb, Full XT/XTR And a xt/517 wheelset.Syncros stem and handle bar.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kelvin a Cross Country Rider from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2000

Strengths:    Wow, its really light and stiff! I was so shocked to find it that light. Makes the bike look trick.

Weaknesses:    The decals comes off and question durability after some years.

Bottom Line:   
If your going to dirt jump or free ride with this, forget it - it'll break. Buy it for lightness and stiffness. I really question the durability factor, although the vender did tell me to replace it 3 years down the road for safty reasons. The Syncros bar is sold at good price ($53), try one out.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $53.00

Purchased At:   Bike Depot

Similar Products Used:   Raceface Air alloy (itsn't as light), Kore, and Zoom


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by swamp a Cross Country Rider from w van

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2000

Strengths:    i have both the hardcore series and the pro series.i have only tested the hardcore series (in shotgun form,which is the straight version)i also have the 5 degree bend version.i recomend the bent version for the natural bend of the wrist;but i prefer the straight version (from many years of use and adjustment to.)the bar is stiff.

Weaknesses:    the hardcore seems theoretically impervious to breakage,i have landed like a 200lb gorilla sometimes and the bar survived.but i have not tried the pro series yet,but will do so this race season.from first impressions it seems a little thin(like a beer can near the ends),but i think this is there to there designing to put more material where it is needed.anyway i'll talk about it probably in september.

Bottom Line:   
mr.good bar

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Favorite Trail:   hollyburn ridge

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   titec ti bars

Bike Setup:   brodie sovereign,xtr,shimano,race face,rock shox,mavic,etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob Graef a Racer from Green Bay, WI, US

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2000

Strengths:    light weight, strong, short, small

Weaknesses:    none found yet, still looking though

Bottom Line:   
I haven't had any problems with the strait bars, they r light weight and very strong. They have wroked well in races(wors series). They haven't failed at Bairds Creek. i've only put about 200 miles on these bars. The handle bars are short so the don't get caught up on trees.

If you are looking for a nice handle bar try these sycros....

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Favorite Trail:   Barrids Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   GT, hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by BigRing a Cross-Country Rider from Ga

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2000

Strengths:    
strong/light


Weaknesses:    
duh....?


Bottom Line:   
I put the straight bar and Syncros stem on my RIGID Yeti. Believe me, it, (and me) take a beating. It is very rigid and strong. Anyone that takes a hit big enough to bottom out the fork should be glad the only thing busted was the handlebar. Get real, it is only EA70. The weight to strenght ratio is outstanding. This is a great product at a fair price and is one of lightest bars out there. Their service may stink but the products are good.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
old heavy stuff


Bike Setup:   
YETI FRO

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Judson Merrell a Downhiller from Salisbury, NC

Date Reviewed: December 15, 1999

Strengths:    
had a good feel


Weaknesses:    
It bent while I was jumping. It cause me to wreck, ruining my Mavic rims and almost my disc brake. I sent Syncros a Reply, but havent heard from them yet. I will not get another one, I only weigh 150 lbs and this bar almost snapped in half.


Bottom Line:   
It was a bad investment. I will not get another one made by Syncros.

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Favorite Trail:   
UNCC Campus

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Answer Pro-Taper
Azonic Double Wall Riser


Bike Setup:   
GT Avalanche, Judy 100, full hydraulic disc, Full XT

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by derek a Cross-Country Rider from delaware

Date Reviewed: December 14, 1999

Bottom Line:   
It works. My grips are always where I expect them to be. For three years! I've already bought a replacement. I'm just waiting for the old one to tell it's ready to retire, but it dosen't. It doesn't creak or moan, and there's no sign of corrosion. It's light too. What more do you want?

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Favorite Trail:   
any singletrack

Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years


Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Freerider a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver BC

Date Reviewed: November 19, 1999

Strengths:    
Great bar. I'm using the riser bar. I've had no real problems with it. Not to stiff.


Weaknesses:    
Cross-bar clamp threads strip easily. Creaking from the clamps.


Bottom Line:   
Great product. Hasn't failed over the big wheelie drops yet. Knock on wood. Great BC product. Might get a new bar soon. Thinking of pro-taper,

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Favorite Trail:   
Circus

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Bike Setup:   
Norco TNT, Marzochhi bomber

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Braeden Flaherty a Racer from Boulder

Date Reviewed: November 5, 1999

Strengths:    
Very Stiff
Great Looking
Good Weight


Weaknesses:    
Weak
Product Support Blows


Bottom Line:   
The bar performed very well for about 5 months. Then I did a steep shoot and hit a rrock that was pretty big. It bottomed my fork and the shock was transfered to the crossbrace on the bar, cracking the clmaps in to pieces. I rode home with the bar rattleing the whole way. I now ride without the crossbar. It is noticeably less stiff. I have contacted Syncros a number of times and they have yet to return my emails or phone calls. I believe I am going to buy another Easton.

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Favorite Trail:   
Walker Ranch

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
RaceFace Air Carbon
Easton Monkey Light
Specialized Special Riser


Bike Setup:   
98Sworks
SXti
XTR
RaeeFace,Syncros,Thomson

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Sore a Cross-Country Rider from Vancouver

Date Reviewed: October 26, 1999

Strengths:    
It felt quite strong and light
Good comfortable shape (for me)


Weaknesses:    
It broke after one reasonably rough landing


Bottom Line:   
Did a silly jump, landed heavily on front end, rolled myself off the ground groaning and saw left side of bar, under the grip, was bent back 60 degrees. Crawled back onto the bike and it just broke off as soon as I touched it. Am getting a new one under warrantee, but will be interested to see how long it lasts.

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Favorite Trail:   
rollercoaster, Wellington

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
None, only on mates bikes and those bars have never worried me


Bike Setup:   
Kona Ku Custom

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Braeden a Racer from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: September 24, 1999

Strengths:    
Not too much rise, fairly light, great looking.


Weaknesses:    
Cross brace very weak, probably not necesary


Bottom Line:   
Did wonders to improve my downhill handling, but one day doing light jumping I came down a little too heavy on my front end. I heard a crack but could not locate it. For about a week I notice a creaking coming from mystem/bars/headset. I narrows it down to the clamps holding the cross brace on. I tries to tighten the bolt and as soon as it was under tension a crack appeared and the bolt would not thread. Finaly the clamp just cracked into two pieces. I have emailed sysncros and have gotten a response yet.

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Favorite Trail:   
Walker Ranch

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Race Face Carbon, Titec Enduro, S-works.


Bike Setup:   
98 Sworks with manitou sxti. Race Face System

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Weekend Warrior from Sparks, MD

Date Reviewed: July 16, 1999

Strengths:    
Very Strong
Light
Good width and rise for my taste


Weaknesses:    
Logos (too many and in the wrong places)


Bottom Line:   
I bought the riser version because I enjoy riding and my hands were getting numb. These bars are strong and do not need the support bar (leave it off & save weight). The Syncros are great risers because for my taste, they are narrow and have less rise (angle) than other bars I have tried. They have improved my bikes downhill handling and don't hurt on climbs. I would recommend these to anyone moving from flat bars not wanting a huge difference in handling. Bars are a very personal decision - you should feel them before buying. The Syncros are a 5 star for me - I'll buy them again for my next bike.

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Favorite Trail:   
Bunker Hill

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Race Face Riser, Titec Enduro, Bontrager Crow Riser


Bike Setup:   
1997 Jamis Dakar

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