Answer Carbon 720 Enduro 20/20 Handlebar Review

Components

If you want to alter the width of the bars, they have 10mm incremental marks on the ends to make it easier to cut them to a desired length. In a great sign of humor, the graphics show where the hipsters and XC types should cut the bars at.

The 20/20 bars aren’t cheap at $180, but they are lighter and wider than the competition, and offer amazing stiffness, nice resiliency and durability. Some other brands out there include the On-One’s Mary, Soma Clarence, Ragley Carnegie, and an entire slew of very expensive custom titanium manufacturers.

Measured Specs:

  • Weight – 217 grams
  • Width – 718 mm

Bottom Line
The Carbon 720 Enduro 20/20 handlebars are an excellent set of handlebars, which are stiff, yet retain a nice amount of carbon resiliency, and have an ergonomic bend of 20º back sweep and 20mm rise/drop for comfort and reduced strain. The 720mm of width is optimal for most trail conditions that will be encountered, especially when dealing with tight trees. The synergy of the wild bends and ideal width, provides a natural hand and wrist alignment at the grips, which makes them excel on long rides and steep climbs. I think these bars would be great for any rider who has wrist issues, competes in endurance races, rides exceptionally long distances or just wants a more comfortable hand position, and these suckers would be marvelous on a big tall 29er.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Reduced strain and lessened fatigue
  • Powerful climbers
  • Stiff, tough and resilient carbon

Cons

  • Not their best in steep downhills (they’re XC bars)
  • Lights, cameras and GPS units can be too problematic to install
  • Expensive

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Carbon 720 Enduro 20/20 Specs:

  • MSRP: $180
  • Visit the Answer Products 20/20 website
  • Width 720mm
  • Weight 220g (+/- 10g)
  • Clamp diameter 31.8mm
  • Rise 20mm
  • Up Sweep None
  • Back Sweep 20°
  • Material Carbon with unidirectional 12 outer layer
  • Graphics White/Silver
  • ProTAPER® Patented Technology – Lighter, stiffer, stronger
  • Reversible
  • Lowers center of mass
  • Reduces Triceps fatigue
  • Developed with Evan Plews / SS National champ


About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Glenn says:

    Duytan, yep, that is my dream bar configuration. Now to find someone to build it..

  • Francis says:

    Who’s the competition for this? Other options? Cheaper?

  • Menusk says:

    Ii don’t see how this style of bar helps ergonomics. The natural tendency of the wrist is to go inward in the opposite direction of this style bar but to each his own. Check out ergonomic keyboards to see what I mean

    • Brian Mullin says:

      Sorry, I don’t follow you at all? The wrists don’t turn inwards when reaching out like that? Grab a screwdriver in each hand with the end pointing inwards, and reach out and down; what direction is the wrists point them towards?
      This isn’t a keyboard where your hands are in tighter, and I do use a ergo keyboard.

  • Izzy says:

    This is my dream bar! (currently on a very similar Ragley Carnegie’s)

  • David French says:

    Too wide for me and then if you cut them down you don’t need the massive sweep. They look well made though and decent weight.

  • Tim Blabbing says:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/specialized/any-suggestions-682934.html

    I don’t know why the pics I posted are not linked to my mtbr account, but the above link is for a thread where I posted pics of my “alt” bar setup. It may correspond somewhat to what Duytan Vu is talking about.

    My particular setup may practically be a reverse bullhorn setup. Regardless, it gave me massive pulling power and extreme commuting comfort. The whole idea of major backsweep not giving technical control is a tricky issue. I never did super technical riding on this setup, but I think with enough time it could work for me. The biggest problem would be “spearing” myself in a get-off.

  • DJ says:

    Fantastic bar, go buy one so we get more choice’s. Soon all bar’s will have more sweep not just width.

  • Steve says:

    I have recently purchased this bar and have lost the installation/owners manual. I’d appreciate it if someone could provide the torque limits for installation (assumed to be the same value for the stem faceplate as for the brakes and shifters). Thanks.

  • John says:

    It would be nice if some of the users would post their setup information, and/or photos. Just got the bar and if I use the marks to line up, the bar has a notable down sweep. I know it’s a personal preference thing, but I would really like to see what others have found that works.

    thanks

  • Dave says:

    I’ve been using a observed trials bike bar for ages. The Trialtech riser bar has a 10/10 bend which, when angled back a bit, is perfectly in line with my wrists. I noticed that with my old 9/5 bars my hands were resting on the outward portion of the grip and noticed that over time this area of the grip wore out first. The grip is a great indicator of where the pressure of your hands is. Now that I’m riding in a wrist neutral position my grips wear evenly. Trials bars are very strong, come in very wide widths, and most are 10-12 degree bends. Perfect for the single speed!

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