Titec Hell-Bent Ringleader Handlebar

4.5/5 (10 Reviews)
Weight : 290 grams MSRP : $85.95


Product Description

The oversized and butted 25.4mm-diameter profile of Titec's new Hell-Bent Ringleader extends completely through both the 2” rise and center sections, making it stronger and stiffer than all the other traditional DH bar designs that use shims, or that taper earlier.
  • Material: Oversized (25.4mm) Tubing Completely Through Center & Rise Sections 7075-T6 DB Heat Treated Aluminum Tubing
  • Width: 690 mm (27") Wide
  • Bend & Rise: 2" Riser Bar with 9 degree Back-Sweep by 5 degree Up-Sweep
  • Colors: Black and Silver Anodized w/Titec Logos


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    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by singlespeedrat a Downhiller from NZ

    Date Reviewed: March 15, 2010

    Strengths:    STRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i ride street and it stands up to all the abuse i give it


    Weaknesses:    not enough rise and funny back sweep. Ive rocked the bars forwards a bit and it feels mint.

    Bottom Line:   
    but this if you want a bar that is strong and will withstand pretty much anything you can throw at it.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   pack and pedal

    Bike Setup:   singlespeed giant STP on 24inch wheels. dirt jumper2s. one avid bb5.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Daryl K a Weekend Warrior from Saratoga, California, United States

    Date Reviewed: April 19, 2006

    Strengths:    Exceptional durability under abusive riding conditions.

    Weaknesses:    Heavier than a typical XC/AM riser bar (Titec Hell-Bent Epic series, Answer ProTaper, Easton EA series aluminum bars, etc).

    Bottom Line:   
    *Review for Titec Ringleader, 6061 alloy, 690mm/27" long, 25.4 clamp diameter, 1.5" rise, 9 deg back-sweep and 5 deg up-sweep*

    I purchased this bar with the intent to ride in agressive trail conditions, where I needed more confidence than any XC/AM riser bar could offer. I do tame solo rides 2 days a week, but when I'm tagging along with guys that go big, the Ringleader helps me go there too. That said, this bar is probably overkill for weight weenies, XC/AM one speed demons, and anyone who enjoys climbing fast.

    Too much rise for XC/SS crowd, big chunky for AM crowd, just right for agressive (attention careless and abusive riders) crowd, too wide for dirt jumpers (chop the bar down to 26").

    The bar's 1.5" rise, 120mm fork travel, and -5 degree stem angle make the front end ride uncomfortably high in any flat or climbing situation. On the flip side, this bar rips down rocky and rooted trails where front end stability is key.

    The Ringleader gave me confidence that keeps the wheel pointing straight when the trail gets nasty.

    Ringleader too heavy? Try the Easton EA50 or EA70.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Titec direct

    Similar Products Used:   Kona Clump DH oversize bar, Truvativ Hussefelt oversize riser, Titec Hell-Bent DH (7075 alloy, 1.5" rise, 645mm long, anodized blue), Easton EA50, various flat bars and carbon riser bars.

    Bike Setup:   Kona Kikapu in AM/4X setup: 3.5" rear, 120mm fork, super wide 27" Titec Ringleader bar, Thomson Elite 5 degree stem, Lock-on grips, SL-M751 right hand shifter, Avid BB7 with levers shoved toward stem for better one finger braking

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Reilly a Downhiller from Palmer Lake, CO

    Date Reviewed: March 25, 2006

    Strengths:    Really stiff, some riders might not like its long length but it gives me more stability, feels beefy as hell, good looking

    Weaknesses:    none so far

    Bottom Line:   
    simply put, sick. pick it up if you want a stiff dh bar

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    Favorite Trail:   Wild Thing or Paid in Full at Keystone

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Came stock on bike

    Similar Products Used:   stock P.O.S. bars on other bikes

    Bike Setup:   03 giant ac1: manitiou tioga xt stomp titec wtb mavic hayes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matthew a Weekend Warrior from Westminster, CO USA

    Date Reviewed: February 3, 2006

    Strengths:    Set-it-and-forget-it reliability. Allows you to steer the bike without holding the stem ;-)

    Weaknesses:    A bit heavy, but not bad given the performance.

    Bottom Line:   
    A great handlebar - period. I'm a big boy (200+ lbs) and have had a number of bad spills that should have bent the bars and these are still like new. I like wide bars and these are perfect for my broad shoulders.

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    Favorite Trail:   Handcuffs

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   came w/bike (AC2)

    Similar Products Used:   RaceFace and Bontrager bars.

    Bike Setup:   2003 Giant AC2, Cloud Nine rear shock/Z1 FR3 front shock.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Guy a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA

    Date Reviewed: October 25, 2004

    Strengths:    Looks great in matte silver! Strong 2" riser bar. Nice and Firm. Light weight. Just the right length for (titec mag: on sale) barends and other accessories. Buy this combo at Cambria now! No, I don't work for them.

    Weaknesses:    Red Logo was slightly faded (big deal). A little pricey at $65. Keyth at Cambria gave them to me for $50 because they were out of the azonic world force that was much cheaper.

    Bottom Line:   
    An expensive handlebar but it feels and looks good and I'm happy!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale F300 with new guizzo (kallyuno) suspension seatpost (works good) with a Zoom riser & 40 degree riser stem to save my back. I bought a (wide) Brooks leather to saddle to save my rear.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Serge a Downhiller from Kyiv, Ukarine

    Date Reviewed: December 9, 2003

    Strengths:    Not bad, not really bad handelbar. This year I've been tried to ride really agressive as I can and jump so high as possible for me. 6-7 meters high dirt jumping with the Rock Shox was really comfortable, but 175 mm of the fork travel not enough for the flat landings. I've been changed the fork to Monster T 200 mm. Than I found the weakness of this handelbar.

    Weaknesses:    With the Monster T 2003 I bend 3 times this Titec after several falls. As I understood if we will use soo heavy fork we have to without delay change the handelbar for much durable and thick-walled bar. Next I will try the Funn Fat Boy Slim so will see how is the long life of jumping for it.

    Bottom Line:   
    Just long period of the riding will show to you the weakness of materials you use. Experience,experience,and again experience.

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    Favorite Trail:   Hell Track (my own freeride & DJ routes)

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   came with the new Giant DH 2003 (Giant Ukraine)

    Similar Products Used:   Azonic PDW, Ritchey Rizer 710 mm (DJ hardtail bike)

    Bike Setup:   Monster T 2003, Intense Mag 30 DH, Race Face DH components, Manitou Swinger 6 way, DT Swiss spokes Alpine 3, etc. Looks really agressive and heavy.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Lloyd a Weekend Warrior from Carbondale Co USA

    Date Reviewed: July 8, 2003

    Strengths:    comfortable, good control, looks cool, ive done some big drops and there still straight

    Weaknesses:    just a little to long but i cut them to the right size

    Bottom Line:   
    great product not to expensive, you will definately get your moneys worth with these

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    Favorite Trail:   my back yard

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Bike Setup:   giant AC1

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by steven a Downhiller from missoula, montana, U.S

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2003

    Strengths:    very rugged, good looking,

    Weaknesses:    little bit heavey might be a little wide for some peoples liking

    Bottom Line:   
    if you want toughness and dont care about a bit of weight get these bars. Ive went head first a few times and thought id bend the hell out of em but they are fine great dh bar for a decent price

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    Favorite Trail:   dead mans

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   used

    Bike Setup:   2k2 giant dh comp stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jason a Weekend Warrior from Adelaide, South Australia

    Date Reviewed: July 20, 2002

    Strengths:    - strong design
    - fairly light weight


    Weaknesses:    - none that I can think of

    Bottom Line:   
    A good strong bar which still remains relatively light. If you get one at a good price (like I did) then get it. Four chilli's for value (as the RRP is a little high), but five chilli's overall.

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    Favorite Trail:   dirt ones

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Phantom Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   standard no name bar that came with my bike

    Bike Setup:   Giant Iguana SE (2001), with Titec Lil Al stem, Oury grips, XT brake levers, LX shifters

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dan a Downhiller from canada alberta

    Date Reviewed: September 2, 2001

    Strengths:    ultra freakin strong
    ive crashed so hard and there still perfect
    have not bent with some insane drops done


    Weaknesses:    ahhhhhhh...non

    Bottom Line:   
    these are sweet bars
    i think there unbreakable
    i crashed and the forks(ss8)broke into a zillion pieces and the fork was still perfect
    buy these bars and there fairly inexpensive

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Tricycle works

    Similar Products Used:   race face bar

    Bike Setup:   spooky project x

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