Choice kit: Renthal Fatbar Lite

We’re big fans of the Renthal Fatbar. It’s stiff, wide, proven at World Cup level by the likes of Sam Hill, Troy Brosnan and Brook MacDonald, and yet comes in at a very reasonable £60/US$90. At upwards of 355g it’s a bit heavy for trail use though, which is why the legendary motocross brand have come up with this – the Renthal Fatbar Lite.

The shape, rise options, shot-peened ‘AluGold’ finish and price are all the same but it’s a more trail-friendly 740mm wide and a whopping 100g lighter. Renthal reckon it’s just as stiff, so you might want to invest in a pair of their Super Comfort grips if you’ve got sensitive paws! Definitely one to add to your Christmas list.

Here’s the spec:

  • Material: 7-series aluminium alloy
  • Width: 740mm
  • Rise options: 10, 20, 30 or 38mm
  • Backsweep: 7°
  • Upsweep: 5°
  • Handlebar clamp: 31.8mm (oversize)
  • Claimed weight: 269-271g, depending on rise

More info at www.renthalcycling.com.

Renthal Fatbar Lite trail handlebar. Picture by James Costley-White

The Fatbar Lite is 40mm narrower than the original. Renthal say to make it any wider they'd have to beef up the middle

Renthal Fatbar Lite trail handlebar. Picture by James Costley-White

Cut marks make it easy to achieve your favoured width

Renthal Fatbar Lite trail handlebar. Picture by James Costley-White

Weight hasn't just been shaved by lopping the ends off - the internal tapering has been stepped up too

Renthal Fatbar Lite trail handlebar. Picture by James Costley-White

The bar is hard anodised for extra durability – something that’ll be extended to the standard Fatbar as a rolling change

Renthal Fatbar Lite trail handlebar. Picture by James Costley-White

The Renthal name's been cropping up on a lot of pros' bikes, and not just those sponsored by the brand

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