MTB Handlebars: Our Top 5 Picks for 2018!

MTB Handlebars: Our Top 5 Picks for 2018!

What handlebars should I use? The question we have often asked ourselves, but when it comes down to searching the oceans of options on the market, how can you simply choose one? There are so many different disciplines, weights, widths, rises, angles, blah blah blah. We get it. We made it a little easier for you and made a list of our 5 most popular MTB Handlebars. In this video, we go through a few different carbon and alloy bars that are perfect for any rider. Check it out!

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  1. Andrew Wittwer on July 11, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks Ellen!

  2. lumadz on July 11, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Is it okay to use Raceface Chester for Merida big seven 300 cross country 27.5?

  3. Dr4g0nW00d on July 11, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Just bought Race Face Ride Riser Bar any thoughts

  4. Zazz _1 on July 11, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    It’s Modelo time!

  5. maddingo on July 11, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    once again ur video’s are very helpful.. you do fully kinda look like Ellen Degeneres but could be worse certainly…

    I stopped by your store in Newbury Park the other day.. checked it out bought some ergon grips.. I’m looking at swapping the bars on my bike as I need / want more rise considering those Spank Spoon 40mm risers.. probably going to order them from y’all shortly..

    anyways.. like the video


  6. Willyjaybob Indy on July 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Ellen wishes she were you! Love these videos… Good content and hilarious. Kind of reminds me of Scott Galloway’s approach to talking about the stock market, etc. Keep it up!

  7. Slippery Sebastian on July 12, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Thanks for the info Ellen great advice

  8. blake kuhlmann on July 12, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Do you know anything about chromag fubars carbon?

  9. tristan vaneijk on July 12, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Cromag osx 780 is perfect

  10. Joseph Tinsay on July 12, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Why no enve?

  11. Jack Fialkoff on July 12, 2019 at 12:05 am

    What about enve bars

  12. Sparks 701 on July 12, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Love my deity skyline 787’s. Reasonably priced aluminum bar.

  13. LifeBehindBars MTB on July 12, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Nukeproof horizon carbon bars 800mm wide 38 mm rise. 9 upsweep 6 back sweep. Under $100 couldn’t beat it and they feel great.

  14. Mirek Hajduk on July 12, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Ape hangers are my fave by far

  15. S lopez on July 12, 2019 at 12:10 am

    There’s flex on some bars. The RaceFace make nice handlebars. The Crank’s flexed too much, making for an uncomfortable ride. Carbon’s nice, but not worth the price unless you’re going pro.

  16. Steve_ DH on July 12, 2019 at 12:11 am

    I’m using a 800 with Tuvativ handlebar with 20 mm rise

  17. Leesyooj85 on July 12, 2019 at 12:13 am

    RaceFace Next R 800mm 🤘

  18. Brad Metzgar on July 12, 2019 at 12:14 am

    All 760mm wide and 20mm rise….Santa Cruz carbon, 35mm on my Mission Pro
    Raceface Six C carbon, 35mm on my Trek Top Fuel
    Truvativ Jerome Clementz carbon, 31.8mm on my Marin hardtail

  19. Daegan Patterson on July 12, 2019 at 12:19 am

    I don’t use handlebars

  20. pangmen kidd on July 12, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Raceface atlas

  21. Celso Contreras on July 12, 2019 at 12:20 am

    I am trying to lighting up my DH bike I purchased this last year. It’s used , but was very well kept up. It still has some of the original components and part’s. It’s the first DH MTB I’ve bought or really rode. Being I’m lil older , like I just mentioned, I’d like to lighting up. It’s a Giant Glory DH . I’ve been looking at those renthals u were show casing. Need a lil more ideas .

  22. lazo marsh on July 12, 2019 at 12:22 am

    you got it backwards dude.. Ellen looks like you;D

  23. lutny on July 12, 2019 at 12:23 am

    No carbon bars

  24. Răzvan Covaciu on July 12, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Renthal fatbar carbon 35 and renthal integra 2 stem.( Perfect for DOWNHILL )

  25. MTBC-TRAILS MIHAJLOVIC on July 12, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Haha you do look like her 🙂 nice one

  26. Parker Ritter on July 12, 2019 at 12:25 am

    I was wondering if a new cockpit has to be specific for you bike. I am considering upgrading my bar, grips and stem. Does the stem have to be a certain diameter to fit your frame tube? I was looking at the Atlas riser 35 bars but not sure what rise to go with in the 35mm. Also I was looking at a aeffect r rf stem and a response rf stem with around a 45 mm length with some ergon grips or other grips but not sure how to deal with the specs with fitting bar. Could you help complete the setup?

  27. TwoTonYoda on July 12, 2019 at 12:26 am

    poop on ellen

  28. Bradley Burns on July 12, 2019 at 12:27 am

    I ride a £450 bike with £60 bars, £24 grips, £25 pedals and a £30 chainring… priorities ya know.

  29. John Mutter on July 12, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Ever had any experience or feedback on Titanium bars ?
    Entertaining vid 👍

  30. generationfourth on July 12, 2019 at 12:28 am

    if you’re a true nerd go for the SQLab 12° or 16° backsweep. 7-9° is lame

  31. Jonathan Vasquez on July 12, 2019 at 12:29 am

    I’m using an Easton Haven carbon hb w/31.8 clamping. What do u think of it? Ty

  32. brett clark on July 12, 2019 at 12:33 am

    "A Top 5 Carbon MTB handlebars" AND a "Top 5 Aluminum MTB handlebars" would have been preferable. People usually stick to material type so it’s tuning the answer finer

  33. James Lines on July 12, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Nice video, I’m riding the raceface sixC carbon DH 35 bars in a 820mm width. Awesome handlebars

  34. Tom Primrose on July 12, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Has to be renthal for me

  35. d2gamergr on July 12, 2019 at 12:36 am

    I had a great deal on some new Spank Spoon bars and I got them for 20$ brand new! Best buy ever

  36. bobhope andnohope on July 12, 2019 at 12:36 am

    I swear that alarm noise is from a film. Can’t place it though. Can anyone help me out on that?

  37. ANGELO POGI on July 12, 2019 at 12:37 am


  38. Leyton Bridges on July 12, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Why is there just a picture of Ellen in the back? 😂

  39. SFL Crew on July 12, 2019 at 12:38 am

    No Race Face Atlas, okay.

  40. Keith Kienzle on July 12, 2019 at 12:38 am

    You sure Ellen is not your mother?

  41. Braaap 690 on July 12, 2019 at 12:39 am


  42. Darth Father on July 12, 2019 at 12:40 am

    What handle bar should I go for.. I have race face atlas 35 raiser with 8 degree bag sweep. my problem is that my wrists hurt slightly and I would need greater back sweep. Any suggestions ?

  43. Γιώργος Γκασνάκης on July 12, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Crank brothers bar clamp diameter?

  44. Marc on July 12, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Race Face Sixc!

  45. Esteban Rápido on July 12, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Are you going to dance for us? Not that it’s enjoyable to watch Ellen dance either.

  46. Robert Lauber on July 12, 2019 at 12:43 am

    The renthal demo clip looks like a trail in southern Cali; would you be willing to tell me where if so? I am new to the area as well as the sport and am looking for trails. Thanks! And great content!

  47. Willem Desmond on July 12, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Is there a noticeable difference in feel between carbon and aluminum bars? I have 725 mm raceface SixC carbon bars but looking to try out a 780 mm width, but I’d rather not spend ~$150 on carbon bars.

  48. weedfreer on July 12, 2019 at 12:45 am

    is there such a thing as a ‘dual backsweep’ bar…i.e. one that starts out as backsweep of angle ‘x’ and then sweeps back further still at angle ‘y’ from around the inner most extent of the grip towards the outer limit of the bar?

    Getting older I find that the straightness of a bar does not sit right in my hands…I get the feeling that the outer extremes of the bar would sit better being swept back at least a little further than the initial angle

  49. Blake Carlson on July 12, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Chromag Fubar OSX is my go-to bar. Lightweight for aluminum, and plenty stiff.

  50. MasterShredder on July 12, 2019 at 12:50 am

    thanks for this video. It was the "riding footage" that really helped me make the decision.