USE Boom car­bon han­dle­bar £134.99

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

USE are bet­ter known for mak­ing lights that go on bars than bars them­selves, but the Boom is a rea­son­ably light, 800mm wide, car­bon op­tion with a well-bal­anced trail feel that’s worth con­sid­er­ing if the sin­gle sweep and rise op­tion matches your needs. Its 230g weight makes it 15g heav­ier than Race Face’s Next R bar but means it matches Ren­thal’s Fat­bar Car­bon and Santa Cruz’s car­bon riser. You get metal re­in­force­ment at the tips to pro­tect against crashes and lock-on grip dam­age. The uni­di­rec­tional car­bon lay-up is tapered to­wards the ends to no­tice­ably suck out sting, with­out mak­ing the bar too springy for ac­cu­rate con­trol. With seven-and-a-half de­grees of back­sweep and five of up­sweep, the Boom bar has a clas­sic shape. If it’s too wide for you, there are cut marks for ac­cu­rate trim­ming. USE only of­fer a 30mm rise, 35mm di­am­e­ter op­tion though, and you need to be care­ful when in­stalling it, be­cause the mattpainted fin­ish marks eas­ily. Guy www.ul­ti­ma­teuse.com

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