Syncros Update Their Range of Integrated Carbon Bar & Stems

Jul 17, 2020 at 9:09
by Ed Spratt  

Syncros has slowly been building up a complete range of integrated carbon bar and stems and for 2020 they have updated the whole range with new options.

From their XC race bars designed with the help of Nino Schurter to their direct mount DH offering released last year Syncros has built up a wide range of options, with 2020 marking new features across the range, from lighter weights to new bar widths and stem length options for riders. Read on below to see the changes that have been made to each product in the range.

Syncros Fraser iC SL SE


Originally designed for Nino Schurter to get as low as possible, the Fraser iC SL special edition aims to mimic a -25° 90mm stem with 9° backsweep and a width of 740mm. For 2020 there is now another option for this specialized XC race bar and stem combo that is slightly less extreme with a design that simulates the effects of a -17° 100mm stem. Both bars sell for €450 and are claimed to weight just 220 grams.



Syncros Fraser iC SL


If you want a more standard XC bar and stem option there is the Fraser iC SL which uses the same ideas as the Hixon iC trail bar but has a 15% weight saving. This option is available in 60, 70, 80 and 90mm stem lengths with a -8° drop. The width is again 740mm and weighs the same 220 grams as the Fraser iC SL SE, but this option costs €100 less at €350.



Syncros Hixon iC SL


The Hixon iC SL first appeared on the Scott Genius back in 2018 and for 2020 it is even lighter and wider. For 2020 the Hixon iC SL widens by 20mm to 780mm wide and loses 10% of its previous weight to a claimed 260g. The new weight savings comes from a new carbon layup technique. The Hixon iC SL costs €330 and comes in 40 and 50mm stem lengths with 15mm of rise.



Syncros Hixon iC 1.0 Rise


The Hixon iC 1.0 Rise comes in an 800mm width, and for this years it now features 20mm of rise and loses some weight. The €330 bar and stem combo come in 40 and 50mm stem length and has a claimed weight of 270g for the 50mm option.



Syncros Hixon iC DH


Launched last summer with the special edition Scott Gambler the Hixon iC DH is now available to everyone. The direct mount bar and stem combo comes in just one size, a 50mm stem length and 800mm width and weighs a claimed 310g. The Hixon iC DH is available now for €350.



You can find out more about the range here.


139 Comments

  • 167 1
 This summer... One Bar ... meets up with One Stem... to save the world.... From Adjustment BADA DA BADA BADA DA BADA
  • 24 1
 Coming to a theater near you at some time in the distant future when theaters open again...
  • 4 1
 ..
  • 1 1
 ahahahha
  • 13 0
 S Y N C R O S..... ....Thursdays at 9
  • 15 1
 @stiingya: The price for the DH one almost matches theater popcorn prices...
  • 1 1
 Hahahhahahahahahahahhaha xD
  • 2 0
 @stiingya: Yeah, if cinemas doesn't gonna fill for bankruptcy...
  • 95 0
 I'm hoping they release a fully integrated bike so nothing can be adjusted or replaced. Fingers crossed.
  • 4 0
 "Integrated fork". "Integrated headset". Wait that actually exists.
  • 22 0
 add some zippered tires and i'm in.
  • 4 0
 Just wait till you see high-end road bikes these days!
  • 67 10
 I barely read it and went straight to comment...
  • 340 5
 You're definitely the first person to ever do that.
  • 75 1
 I can't read but I can bark to text so that's pretty neat.
  • 18 0
 Just curious - are there others out there like me that aren't a fan of bright / distracting colours for their bars, stem, headset? Maybe I'm part Spanish bull and get my attention broken too easily in sketchy section by the flashiness - I just prefer black. Anyone else?
  • 4 2
 @mikekazimer: holy shit, got me rolling with that one, my compliments XD
  • 1 0
 I can't find the comments. Help!
  • 2 2
 @mikekazimer: Candidate for Podcast comment of the week??
  • 2 0
 @lastminutetech: Nah, I feel ya. Had some chrome Chromag Fubars on my last hardtail, and they were kinda blindingly blingy at times.
  • 3 0
 @lastminutetech: The yellow SYNCROS letters are just for the factory riders... The production bars are matt black with gloss black letters.

www.syncros.com/global/en/products/sm-syncros-components-cockpit-bars
  • 8 3
 .....scroll, scroll, scrolllll....scroll, scroll ...so let's go see what the plebs have to say
  • 1 0
 @billreilly: a number of Scott bikes come with Syncros bars with big writing across them.
  • 2 0
 @lastminutetech: Absolutely. I have to have black gloves.
  • 2 0
 @billreilly: When you buy the bars they come with the yellow graphic as well separately
  • 1 0
 @lastminutetech: eyes up buttercup
  • 1 0
 Kazimero is definitely at the image of that thing: rigid and non adjustable.
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: Can't you just quit writing articles and only give us blank pages with a comment section. So that we don't have to scroll down anymore? Thank you.
  • 1 0
 @KiwiXC: I was talking about the production bars that anybody can buy, but I'm sure there are OEM custom colors as well, just like other suppliers like RockShox and Fox offer.
  • 2 0
 @Dun-know: Thanks, I didn't know that... Either way, if you aren't a fan of bright / distracting colours then at least you have a choice.
  • 1 0
 We are all here for the comments.
  • 1 0
 After all, it's a glued handlebar ????‍♂️
  • 32 1
 This is totally impractical and unnecessary and I'm definitely going to buy one.
  • 18 1
 If integrated bar/stem combos are going to be wildly successful, there needs to be a "find your best fit" demo program as part of the purchase process. Maybe an LBS or Syncros themselves could offer some stem/bar combo options to demo for a couple rides before you commit to a new integrated stem and bar.
  • 27 1
 One could imagine that the target group of these products have an idea of what their preferred measurements are?
  • 2 0
 @lenniDK: Certainly. And that target group is some possibly small percentage of overall stem/bar buyers with €350. How many more folks would pay an additional few euros for a "tailored" fit buying experience?
  • 7 2
 I think spec'ing them on complete factory builds makes sense. The reality is most people who buy bikes don't tinker with their cockpit, just pinkbike readers. Further, over time the design has potential to save on material which reduces weight and cost (in the long run, not necessarily true in the short run).
  • 16 1
 @lenniDK: 36/24/36
  • 18 1
 @AllMountin: only if she's 5 3
  • 4 1
 Coming from riding/selling road bikes with integrated bar/stems I'd have to disagree with you. The stock set up is usually close enough for the vast majority. Don't get me wrong, there's outliers but the majority are cool with them.
  • 3 1
 @ihatton929: I just shortened my road stem by 40mm and it instantly felt right. I must be one of those outliers. Smile
  • 4 0
 @jaytdubs: who are these heathens that buy bikes but don't read pink bike?!

If a mtber rides in the forest but doesn't record it to trailforks did they ride at all?
  • 11 1
 It's too bad that the XC versions come in such long stem lengths. For newer bikes like a Intense Sniper, Specialized Epic, Transition Spur, I think a lot of guys will be moving to shorter stems to maintain their positions. Even 60mm can be kind of long if you are between sizes.
  • 1 0
 That last sentence is it. Damn my short torso!
  • 14 0
 @Artikay13: yeah damn your short torso
  • 5 3
 @Artikay13: better to be short above the waist than below it
  • 10 0
 hey everybody, this guy has a long dick! @bulletbassman:
  • 1 1
 XC versions are Nino approved, so if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for you.
  • 11 2
 Number of broken stems witnessed on trails = 0

Number of broken / bent handlebars witnessed on trails = 10+, (mainly carbon)

There's something about those figures that leads me to believe that handlebars should be a separate component to the stem, even if only for economic reasons but I'm sure someone will be along shortly to explain why I'm wrong
  • 2 1
 Most of the broken carbon bars involve the stem somehow in my experience
  • 8 0
 @Civicowner: well they are attached
  • 1 3
 @simooo: Yes they are attatched.

Idk what "they" are or wtf ur on about but yes
  • 2 0
 @Civicowner: i5s imagine that for both carbon and aluminium bars, the corner of the stem is a stress raiser, and a convenient point for the bars to fold around. With an integrated design, there's no single point where the two components meet, so there may be less risk of breakage. More ballache to fit in a bike bag, mind...
  • 2 3
 @mountainsofsussex: So..... basically what i said?
  • 2 0
 @Civicowner: I was offering an explanation based on things I see at work, certainly not disagreeing with you, and suggesting that an integrated solution might help
  • 1 6
flag Civicowner (Jul 19, 2020 at 2:01) (Below Threshold)
 @mountainsofsussex: by explaining it to me like i'm five?
  • 2 0
 @Civicowner: I'm not picking a fight! Just trying to be offer an explanation for the failures
  • 2 0
 From a building/contracting point of view......

It is "Usually" the junction point of two materials that is the weak point. Even if those materials are the same. So, a too loose or too tight stem on a carbon bar could infact cause a similar failure.
  • 1 6
flag Civicowner (Jul 19, 2020 at 16:15) (Below Threshold)
 @mountainsofsussex: haha no problem mate just in my "replying to pb comments" mode... haha
  • 8 0
 They are sick looking bars with the integrated stem/bar combo. However, hoping more handlebar companies make higher backsweep bars. Currently using an 11 degree backsweep bar and really liking it. Much more comfortable and puts your hands and elbows in more natural position.
  • 2 0
 I've just moved from 9 to 12 deg backsweep. Agree it is more comfortable and natural feeling and can still hit all the jumps and throw the bike around like before. Nearly pulled the trigger on a Hixon IC SL as I really like the idea but decided on a higher rise 12 deg bar instead. Definitely the best choice, for now anyway.
  • 1 0
 @tremeer023: What bar did you get? The only ones I have found are Salsa Rustler 11 degree, PNW bar 10 degree, and SQ Labs 12 and 16 degree. I have the Salsa Rustler Deluxe and it is a nice bar, but want one with more rise for another bike.
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy: I have two bikes running Syntace Vector Carbon hi35 12*. I tried the SQlab alloy 30x 12* 45mm rise also, but prefer the feel of the Syntace.
I’m interested in trying the Newmen 8* rise 8* sweep bar.
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy: Salsa Rustler has become my go-to especially for longer rides.
  • 3 0
 @tacklingdummy: SQ-Labs 30X 12º x 45mm rise is awesome. I have one on my Optic and it is very comfortable.
  • 2 0
 I tried some higher backsweep bars awhile back and wasn't for me. Felt like a beach cruiser. Went back to normal bars. Probably depends on your anatomy.
  • 1 0
 @dthomp325: True, it depends on your body dimensions. Now that bars are getting wider and wider it can really help some people.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: I've got an Ergotec 70mm rise. I like a high rise bar but would have had an SQ Lab instead if the stack height of my frame wasn't so low.
  • 1 0
 @tremeer023: Nice, but 70mm is too much rise for me. My rise is 20mm and just want a slightly higher rise. The PNW bar has 30mm rise and 10 degree backsweep which is pretty good. However, I would rather have a higher backsweep like 12 degrees though.

I'm trying to raise my stack height slightly and shorten my reach/pedal position slightly with a higher backsweep bar.
  • 8 2
 anyone tried those cheap $40 ripoffs on AliExpress?

They save a ton of weight, so they are perfect for XC where the bike is supposed to be uncomfortable anyways and the point of racing is to be miserable, but slightly less miserable than CX so you can look down on them.
  • 10 1
 I'm sure they're very nice. Someone else will have to tell me though.
  • 7 2
 Yes. Perhaps a couple dentists or maybe a few bluebadges from Microsoft can comment on that, please?
  • 17 0
 I can give you a detailed report on how they are to ride but i would have to charge you 330€ for that.
  • 9 2
 These look great and probably preform amazingly but the lack of bar roll adjustment is a total deal breaker
  • 6 0
 ...dont you mean wrist breaker?

well, actually I guess you need your wrists to deal....well played Sir
  • 6 0
 I dunno, sometimes people ride my bike and day my bar adjustment is whack, sometimes the same people ride my bike and say they’re glad I finally got it right. I think I might want that adjustment taken away from me. It’s clear I have no idea what I’m doing.
  • 7 0
 A market opening for eccentric grips, and grips that adjust backsweep with 'diagonal' offsets.
  • 2 0
 @Geochemistry: they do exist: CR35 from PP
  • 5 0
 I've enjoyed integrated bar/stems since 1983, Bullmoose were great, so much that I have a carbon Ritchey WCS Bullmoose on my carbon downcountry. Great feeling and gets a lot of compliments.
  • 3 2
 Your nickname isn't "McLoven", is it?
  • 3 0
 So disappointed with these. My Fraser broke two times. The Duncan seatpost is getting problems with the carbon fibre on the seat clamp every time... Their plastic spacers are really bad too. Expected more from Scott and Syncros...
  • 3 0
 People seem to forget that super light carbon fiber really means, mostly plastic...
  • 4 0
 After building my last Scott with a stupid stem on it, I'm not nearly as excited about selling Scott anymore. Hate this crap
  • 1 0
 I just took all the Syncros garbage off of my Ransom. I broke their headset lower cup somehow. Replaced with Cane Creek.
  • 1 0
 I like the idea, less things to mess with; generally speaking, I always being fun of set and forget kinda things, suspension, bar/stem, etc...

it is priced on par with majority of products on the market and weights sufficiently less;
  • 1 0
 Integrated bar and stem combo will only be practical in two situations Weight weenies, and some interference issues, since you'll be able to get a 20mm stem with 800mm bar option to that rig that is a little too long, or that crazy low short stem.
  • 1 0
 It would be great if everyone who wants to buy one of these could go get their cockpit set up perfectly, make accurate measurements, and then realize that none of these can get them the same exact position. It's as if whoever came up with the standard bar/stem design knew that not everyone will want their bars rotated exactly the same (relative to their steerer even).
  • 2 0
 So, what’s the supposed advantage? Sounds like they’re lighter, but are they stronger? More flex/comfort? Feels like they need to be amazing on all fronts to make up for the lack of adjustability.
  • 1 0
 Seems like it's got one big advantage. No need to spend hours trying to get that last mm of handlebar alignment. I've ridden my bike up and down the street endlessly thinking the bars are still off by a cunt hair and trying to get 'em aligned that last bit. If they ever step up to 30mm or more rise, I'll give it a serious look
  • 6 2
 These look sick. Lack of adjustment is a turnoff though.
  • 4 1
 I’m not watching all these videos, what’s the point of this?
  • 4 1
 Totally agree. The videos are annoying.
#WontEvenWatch
  • 6 0
 @erikkellison:
#butwillcomment
  • 2 1
 Apart from elite-level XC riders who are willing to pluck their eyelashes out to save weight, is there any point to this level of integration?
  • 1 0
 Feeling |33t
  • 2 0
 Was hoping they'd also "update" the price.
  • 2 0
 iC that these are made by SYNCROS
  • 2 0
 When will magura integrate brake into these for cable free look?
  • 1 0
 I just took all the Syncros garbage off of my Ransom. I broke their headset lower cup somehow. Replaced with Cane Creek.
  • 2 0
 Kin ell, think I just watched a Terminator trailer. (Hixon iC 1.0 Rise).
  • 1 0
 I think they look rad. Cant wait to get one when they become more available and I can see one at my LBS.
  • 3 2
 Meh. Separate bars and stems are already lighter and cheaper than these. Call me when they get to 150 grams and $200
  • 4 1
 What? Most carbon flat bars are 200 grams without a stem. These are super light
  • 1 0
 Wren already has these beat and is much cheaper.
  • 1 0
 @alexisfire: until the bolts on your wren stem snap off while using a torque wrench.
  • 1 2
 @clink83: extralite bars and stem easily hit 160 grams so no, these are not light, not to mention the lack of adjustability.
  • 3 0
 @EdSawyer: super expensive narrow ass bars from boutique brands that cost more than the syndrome bar...that's a stunning sample. A wren stem+mt zoom bars is affordable and still heavier than this setup. They are extremely light.
  • 1 0
 @clink83: nah, the extralite stuff is cheaper and lighter than this stuff. Check facts before spouting off. These integrated combos are the answer to the question no one is asking. 220g for bars and stem is not impressively light whatsoever.
  • 1 0
 @EdSawyer: if you want to spend 400 dollars to loose 50 grams on your dentist weight weenie build you go right ahead, I'm sure you will impress someone. I'm not one of them.

In the real world an integrated bar and stem saves about 100g over a comparable setup. I wouldn't spend the money for the syncros setup, but I'd be more than happy to use one if it came on a bike.
  • 1 0
 Does anybody remember the Grove Innovations Hammerhead bar and stem combo from early 90’s? Those were rad.
  • 2 0
 Wicked! Does it come in chromolly?
  • 1 0
 Now I see the future again ••
  • 1 0
 oh look another illegal copy of GEMINI handlebar, by big made in china brand
  • 1 0
 Should name them after Dental Procedures...Root Canal ...Crown...Retainer etc.Who the F#*k else can afford this sh#t?
  • 1 0
 second point of note whn i take a shit i go from 115kg to 111kg cost = zero
  • 5 4
 awesome! an update to things literally no one cares about. hoozah!
  • 1 0
 Hope you don't ever need or want to adjust your bar roll !
  • 1 0
 I'm pretty sure thats actually a trailer for the next terminator movie....
  • 5 4
 An expensive solution for a problem that doesn't exist.
  • 4 5
 For racers, weight and drag are 2 big problems, so these bars help solve those 2 problems... And considering what a good handlebar and a good stem cost these aren't overly expensive.
  • 2 0
 @billreilly: weight only a big deal in cross country
  • 3 0
 @billreilly: sure, it's light, but drag? Really? Bullshit
  • 1 0
 I would love to buy one because they look sick. I'm not paying £300 though. I would pay £199 tomorrow. I wonder what the markup is on these. I bet it is really, really high.
  • 1 0
 @thegoodflow: I’m actually wondering why MTB pros hardly ever worry about aerodynamics. Seems like a pretty easy way to get free speed???
  • 1 0
 @Dogl0rd: And two of the four bars are for cross country, so that means that it isn't "An expensive solution for a problem that doesn't exist.".
  • 1 0
 @thegoodflow: The World Cup XC racers do wind tunnel testing and other performance testing to gain every second on the race course.... Yes, drag is important to some people... It's not important for you and that's fine, but that doesn't make it bullshit!
  • 1 0
 @billreilly: fair enough.
  • 1 0
 I read till about the Nino part, then went straight to the comments
  • 1 0
 In the future these will probably come with an angle set.
  • 2 1
 Can't wait to get one for my mopEd.
  • 1 0
 Great until you crash and have to replace the whole thing.
  • 1 0
 yayy more vaporware from Scott!
  • 1 0
 Please just photos + price tag
  • 1 0
 I'm pulling the trigger and getting the Hixon iC SL
  • 1 0
 and all i ever wanted was at twinloc bar and stem, not this singleloc shit
  • 1 0
 Damn I remember when syncros was a BC company and made read good parts
  • 1 1
 Scary

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