Titec Hell-Bent Flat-Tracker Handlebar

4.93/5 (15 Reviews)
Weight : 195 grams MSRP : $55.00


Product Description

Titec combined the speed of an XC racing flat bar with the control and stability of our Hell-Bent shape to create the Flat Tracker – 9º of back-sweep and 5º of up-sweep in a 25.2”-wide flat bar design.
  • Material: 7075-T6 DB Heat Treated Aluminum
  • Bend and Rise: 9º Back-Sweep by 5º Up-Sweep


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    Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by REEK a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore MD

    Date Reviewed: August 17, 2004

    Strengths:    It's a flat bar

    Weaknesses:    the 5 deg rise

    Bottom Line:   
    I like flat wide bars and am not a riser fan. I never knew about these titecs. But after I found it, I've never regretted it. Not too well advertised. They should be because they're lighter and stiffer than a riser with basically the same hand positioning effect. If you use it with a higher rise stem, it should be a stiffer version of a moderate rise bar.

    Anyway, great bar. I'll probably replace my other bars on my other bikes with flat tracker bars.

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    Favorite Trail:   Clementine loop in CA

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Locally

    Similar Products Used:   Azonic world force

    Bike Setup:   Dakar XLT 1.0

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Botswana

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2004

    Strengths:    No rise.


    Weaknesses:    No rise.

    Bottom Line:   
    Finally, someone made a flat bar with the sweep and width of a riser. Thanks, Titec. Functional and comfortable.

    Regular flat bars are simply NOT WIDE ENOUGH for anyone who has ever done a push-up or two. This one is. And the sweep is wonderful.

    I have a 28" wide riser on one bike and this on another, and both are wonderful (according to where I'm riding).

    The old style flat bars are horrible compared to these wider bars with extra sweep. Slightly less weight, much less comfort, much less control.

    Regular flat bars need to go away just like rigid forks did.

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    Favorite Trail:   anyplace it's not too muddy

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   CBO

    Similar Products Used:   Many bars

    Bike Setup:   Hardtail w/5 inch travel fork.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by weather expert a Cross Country Rider from iowa

    Date Reviewed: October 26, 2003

    Strengths:    long. good bend, stiff, shot-peened finish

    Weaknesses:    wtf?

    Bottom Line:   
    very very good handlebar. risers are lame imo--what's the point of putting two more bends? a flat bar is far stronger than a riser of the same weight and same material. if you need to raise your grip height, use another stem or shuffle spacers around. if someone uses the riser to "adjust" front cockpit length, he/she is changing the grip orientation too. dumb.

    flat tracker offers just enough width and enough bend. it's long and stiff (sorry this is not intended to be some sort of pen!s enlargement ad), and perfect for torquing the SS uphill. longer than flats, lighter than risers, and most likely stronger than most risers. it'd be nice if they throw in a free bike with it, but we are living in the real world, so i'll be happy with a flat tracker.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $19.00

    Purchased At:   titec.com

    Similar Products Used:   titec enduro, generic ones. tried easton ea50 riser.

    Bike Setup:   rigid singlespeed. odi rogue grips

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA

    Date Reviewed: May 15, 2003

    Strengths:    Excellent up sweep and back sweep = 9 degree and 5 degree respectively. Very comfortable for hands wrists and arms while riding. This bar takes everything good from a riser and puts it into a flat bar. Great finish. Nice and wide cut to fit. Strong and stiff.

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a follow up to my first post. It has been over a year and this bar is holding up great. The color bead blasted finish is still in good shape. I really like how this bar works on my bike. It makes for a great cockpit set up. I would recommend this bar to anyone who likes a riser bar OR a flat bar. It is hands down the best handlebar I have used. I got mine at titec.com hot deals - I think they have lowered the price. 5 for value - these are a screamin good deal. and a 5 outstanding overall. Titec hit this one out of the park.

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    Favorite Trail:   Buttermilk,Buttermilk heights, Buttermilk west

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   titec.com hot deals

    Similar Products Used:   see my first review

    Bike Setup:   On the front: marzocchi Z2 atom race fork on a Schwinn Rocket 88 frame. I am using a big al stem from titec.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Richmond,VA

    Date Reviewed: May 22, 2002

    Strengths:    Very stiff and light, nice finish (glass bead blasted annodized), perfect sweep and rise.

    Weaknesses:    Not really a weakness but this thing is as wide as a mack truck. Just cut it down to what ever you like. I guess it gives you more length option that almost any other bar.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is what a handlebar should be. I tried a couple of riser bars the were ok but just seemed like the latest trend. I love the feel of this flat bar- the sweep and rise is what I loved about riser bars. Wiht all the strength and lightness of a flat bar. Why put four bends in a bar when you don't have to? This is the best bar out there. I got mine for super cheap in the hot deals at titec.com because I got the red one.(the blue is cheap too) If you must have black or silver get ready to pay what this bar is worth every penny of 70$. Great for every type of riding as it is "Knock Rated" by titec to be super tough.
    The bar comes super wide but with cut lines alreay on it.
    Way to go titec! This bar goes perfect with my titec stem. Get your rise out of your stem not your bars! All in all a great value for a great product- get one and see.
    Five flaming weasels!

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    Favorite Trail:   Buttermilk

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $28.00

    Purchased At:   titec.com

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Crow Bar(pretty good),Kore lite riser (again Pretty good), Coda flat(all right)

    Bike Setup:   Schwinn rocket 88 stage one, sram 9.0 drivetrain and shifters. cane creek ad-12(great!) and judy sl shock(not bad) a titec big al stem.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jws a Cross Country Rider from Flagstaff AZ

    Date Reviewed: April 18, 2002

    Strengths:    sweep, not heavy (for what they are), blue, nobody else has them, I got a good deal on them, 3 year unconditional warranty

    Weaknesses:    none to speak of

    Bottom Line:   
    I really dont like riser bars, I like the feel of flat bars and the low handlebar height they provide. With these bars I feel a lot more natural on the bike. What I mean by that is that the bike feels a lot more like an extension of myself. My hands used to really get to hurting on even a medium length ride with my old 3 degree sweep bars, but with these I dont feel any pain on even an all day ride. I cut them down to about 23 or 24 inches and they feel great. I have seen an improvement in control too. The only person I wouldn't recomend these to would be either a weight watching racer or maybe a downhiller who should probably get something meatier.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   factory


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Doug Dewar a Cross Country Rider from Prince George, BC

    Date Reviewed: March 5, 2002

    Strengths:    Riser Bar bend and width in a stronger and stiffer (for a given weight) flat bar

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Finally some one has figured it out. The strength of s flat bar with the sweep (for comfort) of a riser bar. Kudos to Titec.

    The only thing riser bars make sense for is after market purchase so you do not have to by a new stem. Why would anyone put 4 addtiional bends in a bar, when you could simply have a higher rise stem? This would be much stiffer and weightless than current riser bars.

    I used to run riser bars (I wanted the sweep) with bar ends and my stem flipped. Thanks to Titec I no longer have to hear my free-riding buddies whine.

    Bottom line: I you have wide shoulders and want a great cross country or free riding handlebar this is it!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Canoe Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Olympia Cycle AND sKI

    Similar Products Used:   Azonic Riser Bars, Answer Taper Lite bars

    Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Scandium/xtr/Marzzochi Bomber

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Q a Weekend Warrior from m'boro, TN, USA

    Date Reviewed: February 7, 2002

    Strengths:    everything

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    the riser bar was fun, but too heavy and didnt offer confident steering, the flat bar just sucked completely and was painful, the flat tracker is the best thing you could possibly steer your bike with.

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    Favorite Trail:   ...

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   titec.com

    Similar Products Used:   crowbar comp, bontrager flat bar

    Bike Setup:   2001 big sur

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by puppet a Weekend Warrior from Glens Falls, NY

    Date Reviewed: May 20, 2001

    Strengths:    All the strength of a riser bar built into a flatbar. It's wide and backswept at 9degrees

    Weaknesses:    none really - it's lighter than riser bars and a little heavier than flatbars. . . . but it's over 25inches wide.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is such a great idea - yet very few companies are producing these type of bars. They get 5 flamers because it's a great idea that's done quite nicely.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   Factory Direct

    Similar Products Used:   Plenty

    Bike Setup:   2001 Large Titus Loco Moto, SRAM 9.0, XTR Hubs, Avid brakes, Oury Grips, with an SID 100 up front.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Peter Marino a Cross Country Rider from Pueblo, Colorado, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 16, 2001

    Strengths:    Comfortable 9degree bend, no slave to fashion, strong yet not heavy, nice length to fine tune from, and a tough finish.

    Weaknesses:    It's not light either. marketing isn't enough to draw attention from those ringy zingy risers.

    Bottom Line:   
    Kudos to Titec for helping to keep flat bars up to speed. The advantage of risers is not the rise but the sweep, the rise is/was the stems work. Peer presure aside, it's trendy to have function follow form, the form of a borrowed style, perhaps MX or stingray/BMX days - (downhill/freeride excluded).
    Other bar making companys would benifit to compete for riser reconsideration on XC rigs.

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    Favorite Trail:   Colorado Trail

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Excel Sports

    Similar Products Used:   Any other (mostly risers) bars the other bikes which I tested wore, includung the bike I chose. previously Scott AT-2 LF.

    Bike Setup:   2001 Rocky' Instinct, Marzocchi, Fox RC, Race Face crank and post, Avid cable actuated discs w/#5levers, Time Alum pedals, XT shifters and front deralleurs/XTR rear, Sram 9.0 hubs w/Mavic 221 rims and Conti Vertical Pro 2.3 tires, Titec Big Al stem, #99 ends, and the FlatTracker.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by ron a Cross Country Rider from stratford, ontario, canada

    Date Reviewed: March 12, 2001

    Strengths:    Increased comfort from 9 degree sweep.
    Great control with extra width.
    I still have room for bar ends (not sure if I'll need them).
    Easy installation of accessories (light mounts, computer, HRM).


    Weaknesses:    Tough to distinguish difference in allignment markings thru RaceFace stem openings.

    Bottom Line:   
    I got a great deal from my local shop (someone ordered it but backed out) so I took the chance on the bend.
    It's been great.
    I have none of the pain I used to feel in 2+ hour rides and it puts me in a more agressive position than the original riser.

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    Favorite Trail:   hardwood hills

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   wheel goods

    Similar Products Used:   RaceFace Air riser.
    Control Tech


    Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Blizzard

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Pup a Weekend Warrior from Seattle

    Date Reviewed: March 9, 2001

    Strengths:    No more numb hands, EVER
    Strong as a bull
    Light!


    Weaknesses:    Nobody knows about this super bar, their loss

    Bottom Line:   
    9 degrees of sweep is ultimate and perfect. I used to get paralysis of my outside fingers and forearms, numbness, pain, you name it from straight bars.

    The Flat Tracker will save your wrists and make you forget about the bars (and just feel the RIDE) without having to put on risers and look like you roll around maing vroom vroom noises.

    Plus its lightweight, mule-strong and a cool black that doesnt scratch out.

    Ten stars.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ozone / 310

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Frankford Bike.Com

    Similar Products Used:   Straight bars, riser bars

    Bike Setup:   Uzzi dream bike, super bulletproof XC/screamer, barends and all

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Marc a Cross Country Rider from Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

    Date Reviewed: April 29, 2000

    Strengths:    190 grams, 25 inch width, 9 degree sweep, can use bar-ends without looking like a freakin' wanker, lines to make cutting them narrower easy as pie.

    Weaknesses:    better use BERTS or else risk damage with bar ends

    Bottom Line:   
    I wanted something to mimic a rise bar because my frame has this massively tall head tube, this bar is perfect for cross-country or downhill if you want to get your rise from the stem. Bloody sweet bar but it takes $100 canadian that you could be spending on coke and hookers.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   nothing exactly comparable

    Bike Setup:   toothless rancid bear mobile. killer v frame, bomber z2, magura hs-33, race face cranks, 636 pedals

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Dave Walkerden a Weekend Warrior from Sydney Australia

    Date Reviewed: February 15, 2000

    Strengths:    Strength, sweep

    Weaknesses:    A little heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    My hands always went numb with flat bars, but felt good with risers. Cross country work doesn't really suit me with risers, so I tried the Hell bent flat trackers. I first used them at an Australian Nationals race, and it was a really good course with a great descending section. I rode the normal bars and the flat trackers back to back, and the result was pretty amazing. The extra sweep seems to offer more control.

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    Favorite Trail:   Yosemite@Katoomba

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   20 different handlebars, both flat and riser

    Bike Setup:   Kona explosif, XTR, AMP fork, Sun RPM's

    Overall Rating:5
    Submitted by giblet a Cross-Country Rider from los angeles

    Date Reviewed: June 25, 1999

    Strengths:    
    light, strong, wide, and comfy


    Weaknesses:    
    none yet


    Bottom Line:   
    in spite of the riser fashion, titec is making (and hopefully selling) this bar. it has all of the pluses of a riser (25+ inches wide with 9 degree sweep) without the strength-robbing double bend. so the bar is really tough but doesn't weigh a ton. to those who wonder about where you're going to get the rise, i say look to the stem. this gives you the strongest (or lightest, you pick) setup. mine is set up with a 15 degree rise stem to mimic the position of a flat stem and riser bar. a really good bar that is unfortunately unique (unless you hunt for the esoteric trials stuff).

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    Duration Product Used:   
    6 months

    Similar Products Used:   
    hyperlite, race face rizer, kalloy uno dh, titec titanium


    Bike Setup:   
    kona/marzocchi

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