Syntace Duraflite Handlebar

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JoeFi a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2015

Strengths:    Weight, feel and confidence in a 10 year warranty.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I purchase these after thinking titanium handlebars would be the best bet for my ti hardtail. After the ti handlebars snapped on a mild downhill, I investigated further. I bought the Duralite after reading and seeing their VR-3 testing machine in action. I'm very happy with my purchase. Even bought their P6 Carbon Seatpost. The bars are 640mm wide with and 8 degree sweep.

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Favorite Trail:   Pittsburgh

Duration Product Used:   18 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Easton Monkey Lite

Bike Setup:   2012 Large Lynskey Ridgeline frame

CHRIS KING components (silver)
ISO front hub w/ 15mm thru axle
ISO rear hub w/ stainless steel drive shell
10mm thru axle (Hadley thru bolt)
Bottom Bracket (Sram conversion)
Inset 5 headset
GS-2 Grips
Thomson components (silver)
X4 80mm 10 deg
Seat post clamp
100mm Pro Tower fork w/ 15mm axle and tapered steerer tube
XT pedals
SRAM components
X0 Crank
X0 Rear Shifter
X9 Rear Derailleur Type 2
Arch EX Rims
Duraflite Carbon Handlebars
P6 Hi-Flex Seatpost
42T Sprocket on XT 36-11 Cassette
Dbl Butted Spokes with Sapim nipples
Wolf Tooth
Direct Mount Drop-Stop Chainring
Silverado Thinline

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by billysan a Weekend Warrior from Bath, UK

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2011

Strengths:    Light weight, looks, quality of carbon, shape, feel, weight!

Weaknesses:    The titanium mesh is only just below the laquer. One of the ends had a slight (<1mm) chip in this but it allows the mesh to start peeling up. Only noticed becasue it scratched my hand. A tiny blob of epoxy sorted it. Finish seems quite prone to showing little scratches too.

Bottom Line:   
I came across these bars whilst searching for a flat bar, with a 25.4 clamp section, and a generous sweep. Not necessarily carbon. I was just about to buy a new one (from Germany as I could not find any UK dealers) when found my one on ebay for a bargain (price paid is GBP not USD).
Anyway about the bar. It looks fantastic, the quality of the carbon is better than any bike component Ive seen to date. The finish is matt, quite dull even, but it shows the weave superbly. I love it. It has a grainy clamp section to stop the need to overtighten the stem.
The main reason I wanted one of these as I said was the shape. I find 9 degree sweep to be perfect on my MTB, therefore I wanted to replicate this on my commuter bike as well as adding extra width. This bar is only 580mm wide compared to 680mm on the MTB (and something dumb like 480mm on the Brompton) might be too narrow for anything really technical.
In use on the brompton they feel really nice. The bike only has 16" wheels with Kojaks pumped up to 90/100psi so there is a lot of bar feedback. I may not have used them off road, but I do ride down a notoriously steep fast and potholed road to the train station every morning, some of my local singletrack is smoother! These damp the vibration really well compared to the nasty alloy bars the bike came with.
Lastly the weight, almost worryingly light to hold on their own. Mine weigh an almost unbelievable 119g.
All in, Im seriously impressed. Tempted to look at Syntace finishing kit for my MTB now too.

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Favorite Trail:   Whites Level

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Truvativ Noir, Easton EC90, EA30, Some OE cannondale bar etc etc

Bike Setup:   I actually now have this bar on my Brompton folder!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Evan Plews a Racer from Dallas, Oregon, USA

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2005

Strengths:    Reasonably light and rigid. Very comfortable bend (9 degree) and width (600mm). Aluminum is nice for comfort.

Weaknesses:    A little heavier than some carbon stuff out their

Bottom Line:   
Unmatched test results and comfort. Reasonable price. Great choice for riders who want performance not gimmicks.

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Favorite Trail:   Waldo Lake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Most everything.

Bike Setup:   Bianchi Super Grizzily with Spinner fork; Sunrace/XTR drivetrain; Magura brakes; SDG I-beam seat/post, Syntace bar/stem; Kenda tires; Crank Bros pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fret a Cross Country Rider from Germany

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2004

Strengths:    Very strong, normal weight for cross country, with 9° it gives you more control

Weaknesses:    None yet !

Bottom Line:   
Very good handlebar ! Very strong, can also be used for rough work. I prefer this one in stead of other lighter carbon handlebars. Made in Germany !
(Andreas, what a silly review !! I think you can better buy your wife a bullbar !!)

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Favorite Trail:   going up going down

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $53.00

Purchased At:   Aachen

Similar Products Used:   Easton carbon (too expensive !)

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F4000 SL

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andreas a Cross Country Rider from Zuerich, Switzerland

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2004

Weaknesses:    My wife had this handlebar on her bike. After a light fall which happend when she was just starting to ride, this so "durable" handlebar was gone. Syntace didn't gave any replacement on garantie. Now we bought another more stable handlebar which is somne 2 gramms heavier but holds.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy it. One light fall und this handlebar is gone!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   TNC Hamburg (bad customer service)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andreas Klauser a Cross Country Rider from Feldafing

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2001

Strengths:    Design, strength, stiffness, ergonomic bend, plastic inserts for use with bar ends.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Simply the best. Stiff, light, comfortable, endurable, a beauty.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   radsport rabe

Similar Products Used:   bontrager, race face

Bike Setup:   Trek 9900 OCLV 98, Marzocchi Atom Race, Shimano XTR,Mavic Ceramic, Tune Hubs, Moots seat post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill a Racer from Germany

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2001

Strengths:    Lightweight, superb quality

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Forget the rest. Get this. Two years of being thrashed at warp speed have not even come close to even scratching it. The finish is that good. Whatever your standard, you won't find anything that compares. It is also not expensive and has beaten the so-called competition hands-down for the last 4 years in bike magazine reviews in Germany.

And they should know about good quality!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Vorell a Racer from La Habra

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2001

Strengths:    The bar is shot peened for extra strength and weighs next to nothing. also is available in two good looking colors and has a very comfortable bend and length.

Weaknesses:    None so far, hard to find had to call 1-800-syntace to find dealer.

Bottom Line:   
this bar can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!

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Favorite Trail:   Vail Mt. single track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $43.00

Purchased At:   Whittier Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   bontrager racelite, ttt

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Gilligan a cross-country rider from Germany

Date Reviewed: July 20, 1998

Bottom Line:   

This has really got to be the best handlebar that is out there. Just look at the crash test/durability tests. It surpassed Syncros and RaceFace by a long shot.
I got those bars after my cheap Modolo bar broke. Since then I have really tested it hard and it hasn't failed on me yet. Very good!

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