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Hixon IC SL Handlebar
When it comes to streamlining your cockpit, you could go for carbon bars and stems to get the weight down, but why not get the best of both worlds in one piece? The Syncrose Hixon IC SL Handlebars do just that, integrating the stem and bar into a single piece, crafted from unidirectional carbon, designed to drop grams left and right, while maintaining stiffness to the top degree. At first glance, the bars may look, well, different, and you wouldn't be wrong. Looking down at them from above you'll see that they've got more curves than most of us have after a season of holiday cooking, but despite their curvy appearance, they land at a remarkably similar grip position to a standard bar and stem combo (with matching stem length, back sweep, and up sweep). This means that they'll still offer you the same fit as your tried-and-true setup, but at a fraction of the weight.
This version carries on with the same Hixon integrated cockpit handlebar that you've seen before, but stretches it out a bit to 780mm width, making them ideal for all-mountain riding. They are built from Syncros Engineered Carbon, with construction techniques that aim to keep the setup about 10% lighter than other bar and stem combos, without falling short with durability and stiff control. As the bars are entirely carbon, additional sanding is done to the grip and lever area of the bars to help reduce clamping forces required to keep your brakes and shifters locked into place without over-tightening and doing damage to your components. The bars feature 15-millimeters of rise, paired with a 9-degree back sweep and 6-degree up sweep, just enough to keep you centered in the cockpit for easy transitions fore-and-aft on the bike through punchy climbs and steep descents. The clamp is designed for a 1 and 1/8th-inch steer tube, and is available with either 40-or-50-millimeter virtual stem options for getting your fit right where you want it.
- A featherweight bar and stem combo for stiff control
- Unidirectional superlight carbon keeps things stiff
- 15mm rise keeps you centered for a versatile position
- Sanding at grip area reduces necessary clamping force
- Integrated stem system reduces weight massively
- 780mm width is versatile for enduro and trail riding
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- Q & A
Hixon IC SL Bar/Stem 40mm Actual Weight
Light & Unique Integrated Bar/.Stem
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Being that I was among three employees to buy the exact same SB150 (color, build, & size), I figured I'd give my new bike a bit of unique bling and drop some weight in the process. These were the solution and they really are pretty neat. I've only got about 7 rides in on them, but have survived a week of desert riding and here are my initial thoughts.
- They are pretty dang light. With a claimed weight of 290g (for the 50mm version), the 40mm clocked in at 271 grams. What I figured is the best comparison is to look at this vs an Enve M6 Bar /Stem combo as they offer it in a 40mm stem length and 780mm width bars also. They clock in at 85g and 190g respectively, for a total of 275g. For a 271g actual vs 275 claimed weight, the difference of 4g is nothing to me.
- If they weigh roughly the same, it brings about the question of price - the Hixon costs $329 vs the Enve bar/stem combo being a stout $450, Though the Hixon bar is not a cheap options, it is a clear winner in terms of price when looking at a comparable alternative.
- There is a downside of not being able to adjust the roll to your liking. It worked out that they fit me great and are close to what the original bar/stem came with the Yeti. Not a downside for me, but could be for some folks. I'll post a photo of what it looks like with a "normal bar/stem combo" put on top of it for reference.
- I feel like I shouldn't have to say this, but use a torque wrench, for your own good. Only two bolts on the entire thing, make sure they're clamped securely and to the proper torque spec.
- Stiffness of the bar feels pretty on par with other carbon bars and all mountain stems (ie a bit wider of a face plate). 780mm width is ideal for an all mountain bike and the 40mm is pretty short, but feels great on the longer reach of the SB150.
Its not a total game changer and it is expensive, but its also pretty dang cool. Sort of makes it seem like a hammerhead shark is riding around on the front of the bike. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to drop a touch of weight and have people ask you why your bars look the way they do while out riding.