Burgtec Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Bar and Enduro Stem MK2 – Review

May 6, 2017 at 20:52
by Ralf Hauser  
Burgtec Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Bar

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.


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 £134.99

Enduro 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: £84.99

The 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
www.burgtec.co.uk

Burgtec Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Bar
Made from UD carbon fiber, the Ride Wide Enduro Bar is built to take some beating.
Burgtec Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Bar
Hidden underneath the grips are suggested cut marks and bolt torque recommendations.

Burgtec Enduro Stem MK2
The 35mm clamping standard is fat and adds to the stiffness of the bar and its connection.
Burgtec Enduro Stem MK2
4mm bolts clamp down on the steerer.

On The Trail
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.

Burgtec Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Bar
With 237g the bar is light, but not silly light.
Burgtec Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Bar
Burgtec is keen on building parts that last.

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.

Burgtec Bartender
A tapered core and single bolt lock-on on the grip allow for extra padding.
Burgtec Enduro Stem MK2
Graphics on top of the stem are a neat touch.

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:
bigquotesWhile it will always come down to personal choice how wide you want to space out your hands on your handlebar, Burgtec's 800mm wide enduro-specific Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Bar is offering a no-nonsense setup that gives you the option of going that route. With a 35mm diameter and a balanced strength-to-weight ratio that is designed to not compromise its durability, the Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Bar is very stiff with only a limited amount of vibration damping capabilities, delivering very precise and direct steering. In combination with the short Enduro MK2 Stem, it's a cockpit setup that allows you to go faster with confidence..Ralf Hauser







81 Comments

  • + 76
 Can stems really be reviewed? Like is there noticeable differences between a stem of one brand and anthers.
  • + 58
 This one is "Enduro" specific therefore it has to be reviewed via Halfshell and Goggles to really get a feel for it. All others are lesser products in the presence of this one haha.
  • + 5
 Some of them are stiffer than other and some have shitty hardware some not. Oh and also some of them are ugly like this one and some are pretty like Easton Haven for example...
  • + 21
 @b-wicked: peasant
  • + 8
 @b-wicked: begone, HEATHEN!
  • - 1
 maybe just weight, ease of install, and creaking. Although creaking might be more from bars than the stem. IDK.
  • + 6
 Some have crappy design which makes it harder to get even torque/load across all bolts and the bar/stem interface, like this one, which makes it easier to f*ck up and snap it. Ones where two bolts bottom out and the other two provide the correct torque are nice.
  • + 1
 Yeah, sure, stems can be reviewed. Don't think they will feel much different when compared, but some have a torque spec of 13 nm for the steerer clamp bolts. Not likely with M4 bolts. I wouldn't be surprised if this stem tends to get levered loose under hard use, and I wouldn't put one on my DJ.
  • + 1
 Stems can be of bad quality. I've had one on a freeride bike with two only two bolts clamping the bars. One on top, the other ob the Bottom. Always noises when I pulled on the front
  • + 3
 "with only two bolts clamping the bars. ..."

Ok, that was 10years ago.

But why not review a combo instead of only the bars?
And some are so light I would not trust them without somebody else give them a harder beating than I will ever do.
  • + 2
 yes, they can be reviewed as they are not all created equal.

do you remember the odyssey bmx stem?
p.vitalbmx.com/photos/products/380/photos/234/s780_93334170_1262029545.jpg?1293018251
  • + 7
 @b-wicked: "Some of them are stiffer than others"

And I don't believe for a second that this would be detectable by 99.9% of riders out there...
  • + 3
 @KeithReeder: I've ridden weak / shit stems over the years (not for long) as you feel them move about & creak like a c*nt. Same with uber light bars. I've cracked carbon ones with no crashes & im not extra fat or gnarly. Any half decent one will do these days. Just steer clear of old / utter crap. I keep away from extra light stuff as although it may be better for 6 months, I get fed up of higher costs and shorter lifespans across all components.
  • + 1
 @dave-f: ya probably 5mm bolts using a 4 mm allen key. or i hope so anyways! 4mm bolts would be teeny
  • + 2
 @KeithReeder: I have a raceface 50mm stem on one of my bikes and I really need it gone. Its got so much twist in it, it might as well have a bearing in it!
  • + 3
 For a certain number of riders (myself included), aesthetics of the stem play a huge role in whether or not I'll own one. And being that the stem and bar are probably the part of the bike we look at the most, then a thorough stem and bar review is quite useful. If it looks good, then in my subconscious mind I'm having more fun on the bike, and probably going faster too (not sure, but hey, sounds good right hahah). Then, throw in stiffness, weight, and some good quality hardware and there's a review.
  • + 1
 @lifted-d: 4mm is the shank/threaded diameter.

IMO, 4mm is too small for stem bolts.
  • + 2
 @jumpman2334: oh yeah had one of those, when set up properly it were a miracle of design.
  • + 32
 This will go well with my Enduro specific valve caps.
  • + 20
 "Being still relatively new to the bike scene' - they've been around since 2003, which doesn't make them Raleigh (thank God) but I'm not sure that they are new to the scene either Smile
  • + 3
 I was wondering about that comment as well! I've been lusting after Burgtec for almost as long as I can remember (but then again I can barely remember yesterday, so I wasn't sure that that meant they weren't newer than I thought).
  • + 4
 My bad. I took the clue from their own website (or must have misunderstood) so we just fixed that in the review.
  • + 17
 zzzzzzzzzz..... back to the bear chase video.
  • + 15
 Enduro enduro bars and stem for when enduro just isn't enough enduro. #enduro
  • + 3
 Say enduro again lol
  • + 5
 enDDDDDDDDDDDuro.
  • + 3
 @Cordall: nicely done
  • + 6
 You can install a coil spring over these bars for additional enduroness.
  • + 1
 @MTBrent: do you get an enduro top cap with the stem
  • + 2
 Enduro ist zo in right now.
  • + 12
 Anyone else sooo fed up with the next carbon BS, that won't make you faster, is super expensive and offers a more or less marginal weight gain (which is irrelevant for fun or speed)? I mean who buys all that no value for money crap and keeps the hype alive? Shame on you...
  • + 2
 Do you mean weight loss?
  • + 5
 "Anyone else sooo fed up with the next carbon BS"

Nope - and why does it worry you anyway? Don't want it? Don't buy it.
  • + 6
 @KeithReeder:

*I meant weight loss, sorry. I care about that BS, because I am checking PB like a zillion times a day and wanna read relevant shit. And I don't like the direction where the material side of our sport is heading - more marketing, more money, more fancy, useless shit. And that will come back to the sport in some form, and I don't mean that in a positive way. The classic PB anti anti philosophy of "don't want it, don't buy" or "more options are good for everyone" does not reflect the whole picture and is a bit like tunnel vision. I won't buy it, you can be sure of that, but I don't think it is good for the sport if a whole lot of other people buy it. The negative effects are not obvious, I have to admit, but they are there on several levels...
  • + 3
 @ArturoBandini: You're right on. A similar thing happened with hockey sticks. You used to be able to buy reasonably priced sticks then the one piece carbon shit came out for $150.00 and all the idiots were buying them for their 8yr old kids thinking it would make them play so much better,and as a result,that is almost all that's available now.
  • + 1
 I ride RF Sixc crank - i bought it because it looks the sick true, however they shaved a bunch of weight off of my bike also so i guess shame on me for wanting something that looks good and benefits me.
  • + 1
 No not really... I love carbon shit!
  • + 1
 For me buying carbon bars had nothing to do with weight loss, it had everything to do with how they felt while riding. The difference on bumpy and rough terrain feels so much better on my hands! I think that's a point that is forgotten when talking about certain carbon fiber parts.Well worth the money.
  • + 5
 So the stiffness of the bars translates into noticable "precise steering" characteristics...yea bullshit. I also like how they say they are stiff enough that you can hit any jump or drop without worrying about it. My bars are the last thing on my mind when im in the air. How bout my frame or wheels? Idk maybe its just me
  • + 5
 800mm ??? and all Enduro riders' interviews are talking about 750/760mm maxi to pass between trees ...
Did you hear that too ??
  • + 2
 Perfect! There are markings on the bars for you to cut them down to 750mm to be like Richie Rude!!!
  • + 0
 Yes, and who is the reviewer anyway ?
  • + 3
 Brake levers slammed to the grips and running the reverb remote on top? c'mon... that's gaper. Even my 5'1" wife doesn't even like her Shimano brake levers that close to her grips.
  • + 2
 Wasn't the original concept of "Enduro" a bike race you could do on your regular trail bike, in a similar fashion to how most every day riders actually ride? Meaning you did not need a highly specific rig to be competitive. You could show up on your 30# everyday trail bike, as is, and be competitive if you had the skills and fitness. That model made it more about the skills and fitness, and less about the plastic wonder bikes. Like the old school Super D. We raced that on our everyday trail bikes.

Enduro has now become a "DH-lite" race with specific gear and equipment.

Maybe bring back the Super D - the working man's race?
  • + 1
 I would agree that at the pro level enduro has drifted closer to dh but all the local enduro races are still "regular".
  • + 1
 I totally agree everyone hyped up enduro and completely destroyed super d. In super d someone who climbed better had a better shot and people who couldn't made up for it on the downs. Timed stages for climbs are bs and encourage people not to try on a climb. I love the down most but you have to respect the climb.
  • + 2
 What's with all the complaining? This is a mountain biking website. Would you prefer a blog post about slam poetry? I'm in the market for a new stem and handlebar, so enjoyed the read. Bring on more gear reviews!
  • + 4
 I like burgtec stuff.if you don't,fuck off.
  • + 1
 Fanboy parts arnt they, burgtec massive, peaking duck, Bryceland, flatpedalswinmedals and all that jibberish
  • + 2
 nice bar...though not original. Chromag's BZA 35 stem and bar have been around for years ahead of ya!
  • + 3
 Stoke Oat Cake massive represent!
  • + 2
 I do love em with grillef cheese and bacon. Good bacon from the farm shop. And followed with a chatwins gingerbread man and a mug of tea.
  • + 3
 Wow a lot of people seem pretty angered by this stem and handlebar.
  • + 1
 What's that stuff inside the handlebar on the pic without a grip?
  • + 1
 Nice grips. So where the hell are the bloody peddles!!
  • + 3
 you mean "Pedals". I know Gaelic is your mother tongue but english is taught in your schools..... Just ragging on you. I don't know if they make enDDDDDuro pedals
  • + 3
 Ay royd me Borgtek peedles since I was teen yeers ould. Loyk me fathar haev, so had mouy oncle and hes woif Gudrun.
  • + 1
 @MMOF: To be fair, it's not as if the word (spelled properly) ever appears anywhere on the Pinkbike site...
  • + 1
 @KeithReeder: Yeah, I know. I have Irish roots so thought that I'd rag on one for Friday boredom .
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: take it that's "South Downs" if not,what the f*ck?
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Manchester, not the West Country.
  • + 1
 What makes them Enduro specific?
  • + 10
 They have "Carbon Enduro" printed on them in subtle font, slightly smaller than the brand name. That, right there, means they're about as enduro as they come. Next - carbon goggles...
  • + 1
 They have "Enduro" and "Carbon" in their names Wink
  • + 1
 They're VERY black.
  • - 1
 Wide bars make you get more rad which is subsequently converted into speed resulting in more high fives which everybody knows is the spirit of enduro making these bars enduro specific!
  • + 1
 Um everything! Do you enduro at all?
  • + 0
 20 Degree rise or 20mm rise?
  • + 0
 a new standard? or just "another" typo?
  • + 1
 20 tortilla shells. Everything should now be measured in tortilla shells. And every brand will have their own tortilla shells to ensure no 5 tortilla shell bolts can fit another brands 5 tortilla shell hole.
  • + 1
 Same same but different.
  • + 1
 Did somebody say Enduro?
  • - 1
 all those stupid little icons on top of the stem. what is wrong with these people!
  • + 0
 Logo's aren't big enough.
  • - 1
 The stem looks flexxxy!!!
  • + 0
 That stem looks so 90s.
  • - 2
 It's a freaking handlebar...come on people.
  • + 2
 so? not all handlebars and stems are created equal. especially when it comes to carbon.
  • + 1
 Few things more important to the overall experience, fella...

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