3T Eryx LTD Handlebar $149.95
3T has long been in the business of making innovative handlebars, staking their claim to the market in the early 1960's. That tradition continues today, though steel and alloy have fallen out of favor for their top-end products. 3T makes their top-of-the-line Eryx LTD Carbon Handlebar with high modulus unidirectional carbon fiber. It's notable for its strength and lightweight as well as for the compact width allowed for the oversized center section.
What the 3T "compact" design does for you is allow a significantly greater clamping area for width adjustments for your cockpit controls with room to spare for fork lockouts and lighting systems. It doesn't matter if you like a narrower bar and cut it down to their minimum recommended width of 570mm, you'll still have all the mounting freedom you could ask for.
The 3T Eryx LTD Carbon Handlebar comes with a clearcoated carbon finish with silver graphics and is 640mm (25-3/16") wide. It's a riser bar with 31mm of total rise from the centerline at the 31.8mm clamp zone. The clamp surface is textured for a no-slip fit inside your stem. The 7 degree backsweep is perfect for long days in the saddle and for technical terrain as well. It's one of those things that just feels right -- not too straight like the days of old, and not too much bend like a cruiser bar. A 3 degree upsweep is gentle and maintains a natural hand position when you stand up to grope your way up rocky climbs.
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Good quality but narrow
I had this on my 29" hard tail and it looked pretty good with the 3T stem but at 640mm it was a little too narrow for me. I swapped it with an Easton Haven carbon bar which I like a lot better. If you want a narrow bar then this is a good quality bar.