Item # ENV003H
ENVE High Rise Downhill Mountain Handlebar $174.95
DH bars are sitting higher and longer with no end in sight. Of course, with that extra width comes added leverage, so they have to be stronger than ever to make up for it. Fortunately, that doesn't mean you'll have to bolt an anchor to your stem to use one. The ENVE High Rise Downhill Mountain Handlebar's broad 810mm length is more than enough to satisfy the tallest DH pro, and it offers 46mm of rise to keep you upright and looking ahead on-course. Just because it could, ENVE whittled the bar's weight down to an XC-worthy claimed weight of just 264 grams using the carbon construction on which the Utah-based brand has built its reputation.
If carbon's only redeeming quality were lightness, we could still understand why brands like ENVE chose to use it. As it is, carbon is also extremely efficient at absorbing hand-numbing trail vibrations, while being tough enough to allow you to take on big hits and stomach-turning drops with confidence that your hands will have something to hang onto when you come back to earth. The HDH's 810mm stance provides flexible comfort in the dirt, and the nine-degree rearward sweep positions your wrists in a relaxed, neutral position so that tired wrists never send you home early.