The people behind Burgtec are passionate for their sport and believe in quality over quantity and products that last, even when being slightly abused. With pilots like Josh Bryceland riding their product, you know that it can take a beating.
On The Trail
Made out of unidirectional Carbon fiber, the 800mm-wide Ride Wide Enduro Bar features a 35mm bar clamp with 20mm rise, 9 degrees backsweep and 5 degrees upsweep. When Burgtec reduced weight compared to their Ride Wide Carbon DH Bar that features the same width. Burgtec says it was important for them to not sacrifice durability, stiffness and strength for an unhealthy amount of weight reduction. According to the Brits, none of their Carbon Enduro bars has broken so far. Utilizing a 35mm clamp, the Enduro Bar is shooting for maximum rigidity while helping to keep the overall weight of your bike low.
Suggested cut down marks and suggested bolt torque for grips, levers and stem are imprinted underneath the grip clamping area. Nice touch.
The Enduro MK2 Stem with 35mm clamp makes for a fitting counterpart to the Enduro Bar, maintaining all of the rigidity of the MK1 stem, but shaving off a significant amount of weight. Available in a length of 35mm and 50mm, the Enduro MK2 Stem is available in five colors, including a Kashima-like finish. Thanks to its fully CNC-machined structure and weight savings at every conceivable piece (even the clamping structure features drilling holes on the inside) its total weight only comes to 139g for the 35m-reach version.
Also available in an array of colors is the Bartender Grip, with its single-bolt, lock-on and a 30mm, low-profile design. An ultra-thin, tapered core allows for adding on more tacky rubber for added vibration damping.
Thanks to the tapered core the outer lock ring could be removed, which is designed to ease pressure across the palm through the median and ulnar nerve.
While you can order product through Burgtec's website, with free worldwide deliveries on all orders over £90, there is an existing distribution network in the States and limited distribution in Europe. Parties interested in trying to spread their gear goodies around the world should get in touch with them.
Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Bar
• 800mm width
• Carbon UD
• 35mm bar clamp
• 20º rise
• 9º backsweep
• 5º upsweep
• Weight: 237g
• MSRP: $175 €165 £134.99Enduro MK2 Stem 35mm Clamp
• Colors: Burgtec Black, Race Red, Deep Blue, Purple Rain, Kash Bronze
• 35mm bar clamp (31.8 mm bar clamp available)
• Fully CNC-machined
• 0º rise
• Stack height: 40mm
• Reaches: 35mm / 50mm
• Weight: 139g (actual) / 155g (claimed)
• MSRP: £84.99The Bartender Grip
• Colors: Burgtec Black, Race Red, Deep Blue, Pink, Kash Bronze, Yellow
• Single bolt lock-on
• Tacky rubber
• Low profile design
• 30mm Diameter
• Weight: 90g
• MSRP: £15.99
Wide is good. With a width of 800mm, the Burgtec bar offers massive control for those feeling comfortable with a grip as spread out as possible. Of course it's simple enough to cut down the bars (suggested imprinted cut marks on the bar help) to your personal liking.
Going that wide on your enduro sled isn't everyone's cup of tea, but once you've gotten used to the added leverage and perfect setup for a low ready position on your bike, it's hard to go back. In combination with the short 35mm Enduro MK2 stem, the Ride Wide Carbon Enduro bar is translating every move and weight shift directly onto the trail without creating the effect of a turning radius of a bus steering wheel. With a weight of 237 grams, the bar isn't silly-light (its claimed weight is 10g heavier, so we expect our test model to be at the low end of manufacturing weight variations) and its apparent stiffness inspires confidence in hitting all the drops and jumps that you feel capable of launching yourself over.
To be honest, I never went wider than 780mm on my enduro bike, but after adapting to having to slow down a bit in sections where close obstacles on both sides of the trail require finesse to not hit your fingers or get hung up on, the added leverage does make sense in most scenarios on the rest of your ride. The added stability and precision inspires faster speeds and leaning the bike into corners becomes easier than ever. After riding the Ride Wide Bar for a couple months, I'm still contemplating once in a while to cut it down 5 to 10mm, but I'd probably miss the current feeling of riding a mini downhill bike.
If you're looking for a bar that promotes vibration damping, you have to look somewhere else. At least for lighter riders, the Burgtec Ride Wide Enduro Bar provides unfiltered feedback to the ground due to its design objective of being as strong as possible and delivering low speed responsiveness. Depending on the setup and quality of your suspension you might or might not notice the difference after a long day's ride, but unless you spend all day in a bike park, honing in on every available chatter bump section, I'd say you're safe from accelerated hand fatigue.
While I used to look for bars with an 8-degree backsweep or less, I have come to appreciate the extra degree of sweep in wider bars, as the steeper angle seems to promote a more natural position of the wrist with a wider grip on the bars. It's nothing that you think about for very long, and is really only noticeable when you swap from one bar to the other, but it works for me.
The Enduro MK2 Stem is stiff and light and just gets the job done. The graphics on top are pretty neat. Due to its short reach, its zero offset and short steer tube clamping area, it's necessary to run at least a spacer with 7,5mm height underneath, or the bar clamping area will hit a wide and flat headset cup.
As for the Bartender grip, it comes very close to my favorite setup. Its 30mm thickness works great for my medium glove size and while it features a minimalistic design it doesn't feel uncomfortably hard in your hands and is easy to hold on to. While it doesn't stoke my confidence, knowing that only a single bolt is clamping down the grip, it never came loose during the testing period. I never experienced any issues with pain or numbness during longer rides, which cannot be said for some similar-looking grips from competitors. I am not sure how much of that can be attributed to the tapered inside structure of the Bartender, but as long as it stays that way, I'm happy.Pinkbike's Take: