Tech Week 2023: Title MTB's Reform Carbon Handlebars Are Built For Compliance & Precision

Oct 27, 2022
by Matt Beer  


Title MTB's new Reform Carbon 35 handlebars introduce a unidirectional layup to create an “ultra-compliant” bar that passed stringent testing. Yet, it’s also one of the lightest handlebars on the market at 194 grams. The theory behind the Reform shape is that it reduces vertical feedback but still retains stiffness for steering by using an oval cross section.

Not limited to a 35mm clamp carbon option, there are also 31.8 and 35mm alloy options. All of the bars have options for 25 or 35mm of rise and span 800mm with cutting guide lines down to 730mm. One subtle, but notable change from the AH1 handlebars is the increase in backsweep from 8 to 9-degrees. The upsweep remains at 5-degrees and the clamping width of the Reform bars have a whopping 87mm wide clamping surface to jive with the wide grasp of Title’s DM1 dual crown stem.




Both the $208 Reform Carbon 35 and $119 Reform Aluminum handlebars have been tested and certified by EFBE, passing the TRI-TEST for downhill, enduro and freeride styles as well.

Going forwards, the models will simply be referred to as “Form” due to trademark overlap with the saddle specialist company, Reform. Since we were able to get our hands on them so early, we’ll consider this set a special edition and add them to the list for a long-term review.


To go along with the launch of the uniquely-shaped bars are the Form push-on grips, also moulded to Brett's preferred pattern of diagonal ribs. Three color options; black, gum and red, feature a clever lip that overhangs the handlebar to deter water or dust from finding its way underneath the rubber. For $18, the Form grips measure in at 150mm in length and come with matching bar-end plugs.


Title's AH1 stem was one of the first products in the lineup and comes in multiple sizes using a chrome or matte black finish. For each of the 31.8 or 35 bar clamp diameters there are two lengths available; 31 mm and 35, or 35 and 40, respectively. All stem options list for $97 from Title's online store, but their products are also available through select dealers too.

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  • 114 1
 For a minute, I was worried that a new carbon product wasn't going to be laterally stiff, but vertically compliant. I can rest easy again.
  • 52 16
 I really do not get the move to 35mm handlebars.
  • 54 2
 It really steers you away from products that are already headed in the right direction.
  • 15 26
flag tgr9 (Oct 27, 2022 at 6:00) (Below Threshold)
 why not? it is stiffer but seeing as it's bigger in diameter they can play a bit more with the carbon layup to make certain zones more compliant. I've been riding 35mm bars since 2013 and honestly don't ever feel the need to go with smaller diameter bars again
  • 54 7
 @tgr9: There is more than enough space in a 31.8 bar to 'play with the carbon layup'. There is enough space in a 25.4mm bar to alter the characteristics of a carbon bar through wall thickness/layer orientation. It was Aluminium bars that had the structural problems leading to 31.8mm bars taking over. 35mm bars stand with 157mm Super Boost as made up solutions to imaginary problems. The irony of having to market the flexibility of 35mm bars to prospective buyers is probably lost on the people saying it.
  • 29 8
 No one in the world can feel their bar twisting because they are just turning "so hard" There I said it. If you think your front wheel isn't tracking your line well enough because your bar is laterally flexing, I guarantee that is not what is happening. Your brain is likely feeling the vertical compliance which we've agreed is good for fatigue, and is then imagining that your contact points are flexy in all directions. I would bet its 99.9% placebo. You like the vertical compliance of a 31.8 bar? Same. Sounds like you should just be running a 31.8
  • 7 4
 @tgr9: on the other foot though I've been riding 31.9 since it came out and have never felt the need to go to a 35mm. Why fix what ain't broke is what I say.
  • 16 2
 There's no point at all really.

Although I like the fact that 35 mm is a metric size that makes sense, as opposed to 31.8 mm, which is the ugly result of translating 1.25" into metric.
  • 4 3
 "31.8" stupid big thumb lol
  • 23 0
 Didn’t companies go to a 35mm diameter when bars were getting 800mm+ and then once the trend died, we were using 35mm clamp dia. carbon bars that were less than 800mm wide and stiff asf?
Then they started to make 35mm bars vertically compliant to account for said stiffness when actually a 31.8mm bar was the solution.
That’s my hypothesis.
  • 10 2
 @chubby5000: 35mm started in the road world when Deda made a road bar stem combo that size for no other reason than be different. Its a stupid size with zero advantages.
  • 11 3
 I thought 35mm was mainly for aesthetic purposes. Fashion over function.
  • 4 5
 @Fix-the-Spade: Your talking bollocks! Here's the FACTS. Chromag came up with the 35mm bar and stem diameter after their sponsored freeriders were complaining about the flex of their 31.8, 800mm carbon bar. So Chromag went and designed the first 35mm bar and stem for their sponsored riders to alleviate the flex issue.
  • 14 1
 Agreed, 34.99 is the way to go.
  • 2 1
 Easier (cheaper) to make wide bars that passed the safety tests or something along those line? Maybe also allows those bars to be lighter?
  • 1 5
flag Fix-the-Spade (Oct 27, 2022 at 7:59) (Below Threshold)
 @captainclunkz: Meanwhile a different company was selling 915mm bars without any apparent issues. Keep drinking the Kool Aid mate.
  • 1 3
 @Fix-the-Spade: funny how Superstar didn't keep on making those bars. I wonder why?
  • 2 1
 @rcrocha: And call it the DUB bar.
  • 2 0
 its cause the biking industry can make up its mind, and wants you to keep buying aaaall the new stuff and not be able to use the old perfectly fine stuff.
  • 1 0
 @Stinhambo: you missed DuBar
  • 2 2
 @captainclunkz: People stopped buying ultrawide bars, people have stopped buying ultrawide bars in general.
  • 3 1
 @Muscovir: We could just call them 32mm bars. 0.008" is probably in the margin of error for half the OEM bars anyways.
  • 4 1
 @tremeer023: it sounds stupid but I 100% think they look better.
  • 1 0
Yeah I think there’s a lot of that in the bike product managers choosing them. Bikes got fatter tubing, so fatter bars suited them more
  • 5 0
 So OneUp did this first, the oval cross section to have directional flex. Oneup claims this was too hard to do in 31.8. Full disclosure I have these bars and they are great.
  • 3 0
 @mhoshal: 31.9 must be a SRAM standard?
  • 3 0
 @Mac1987: don't give them any ideas bud lol
  • 3 1
 Pick a bar diameter and be a dick about it.
  • 2 0
 FYI sorry not sure why my comment got posted 4 times.
  • 1 1
 @captainclunkz: Deda had their first 35mm bar and stem in 2011. Was Chromag even around then?
  • 26 0
 Phew, I was worried they were going design a harsh, inaccurate bar. They made the right choice.
  • 29 0
 don't worry, Race Face will cover that
  • 2 0
 @f00bar: So true, had a set on my Troy and they beat me to death. Went back to my Spank bars and everything is good again.
  • 7 0
 @jeremystclair: Ya, I think the C in SIXC stood for concrete
  • 7 3
 Yeah this is exactly what I want. More backsweep. Can be cut to 740mm. And plyable. Would've bought Oneups but they can only be cut to 750mm which is not sufficient for me as I run 740mm.
  • 1 0
 backsweep is goodsweep
  • 6 0
 look into the SQlab bars. lots of sweep options.
  • 1 1
 Oneups go down to 740mm?
  • 2 0
 Yeah I use SQlabs 12deg back 4deg up, it is great. I would love to try the 16deg one, though it might need a longer stem to match up the reach
  • 2 0
 @gariel22: I have the 16 and want to try the 12. You’d think you would need a longer stem with more back sweep, but I actually had to go to a shorter stem! I think it’s because I like the bar rolled slightly forward, which makes the bar sweep forward a little before it sweeps back. I alternate between a 45 and 40 stem, and found the 45 to feel too long with the 16 degree bar
  • 1 2
 @ScreamingNarwhal: The plyable carbon bars are 35mm and can only be cut to 750mm so no. There are other options that aren't plyable so not the same type of bars.
  • 12 6
 Why choose these over OneUp's for less $$$?
  • 10 4
 Oneups can only be cut to 750mm. These can be cut to 730mm. It's the reason I didn't buy Oneup but instead alu vibrocore Spanks
  • 4 1
 @Bunabe: Oneup lists the minimum trim width as 740mm?
  • 3 1
 I love my Oneups, but they could be even more compliant in my opinion.

So a while ago I got a concussion and put an aliexpress XC 760mm bar on my aggro hard tail, and they never broke! They were super noodly, flexing, and everything you'd expect from a $25 carbon component. THe steering precision was "vague" at best, but the compliance was really nice on a 120mm fork that needed a rebuild. The Oneups that replaced them are better for sure, but they don't have as much forgiveness. If the oval shape could be further exploited to get even more vertical flex while retaining lateral precision, that would be my dream. Maybe these bars do that, who knows.
  • 1 2
 @ScreamingNarwhal: For some options. Not for all bars.
  • 6 2
 jesus christ today sure is a bad day to have money, these bars dropped and now a chromag stem
  • 10 5
  • 9 6
 Did One Up's Patent expire?
  • 2 13
flag Cerealmike (Oct 27, 2022 at 6:06) (Below Threshold)
 Fox and race face actually own the patent for this style of bar
  • 3 1
 @Cerealmike I think you're mistaken.
  • 1 1
 @stella10: Just saw this, nope I’m not. You will see it soon enough, the RF version is already on some bikes for testing in my area. They didn’t take any action against oneup as it’s previous employees and they have a good relationship with them.
  • 2 0
 I want the old version of the aluminum bars. 35mm, 38mm rise, and $50 cheaper than the new ones...
  • 8 5
 A more expensive One Up bar.
  • 1 1
 It has different figures so it does something different. Oneup is lacking in some options. Which this basically covers.
  • 3 1
 It’s just a matter of raising the bar
  • 2 0
 didn't know Rheeder had an engineering background too
  • 7 0
 I like my bike parts like I do my medical advice; from people with no scientific background.
  • 1 0
 They really went no-holds-barred to make this bar the best bar to ride to the bar with bar none.
  • 1 0
 Turbine R35 feels pretty good to me. I like a stiff direct bar.
  • 1 0
 I could ride the Turbines they were too stiff. Went to Chromag 31.8s for a long time.
  • 1 0
 Waiting for Sam Pilgrim to SHRED IT!!!!
  • 6 5
 Looks like a OneUp
  • 1 0
 I wonder who makes these for Title
  • 1 1
 35MM bars are like a swollen part of the bike so huge

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