CrankBrothers iodine 3 stem and iodine 11 bars Review

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iodine 11 bars
The iodine 11 handlebars are made with high modulus uni-directional carbon fiber, have a 30mm rise, 31.8mm clamping diameter and 5° upward sweep. It comes in several width options, a 680mm with a 6° back sweep, and 700mm, 740mm and 780mm with 9° back sweep. They come in carbon black, weigh in at 178 grams (700mm), and retail for $120. The stem clamp section has a functional grip tape strip for anti-slippage, and markings for cuttings and component angling.

Impressions
The top of the line iodine 11 carbon bars are quite nice looking, as they are subtle, with quiet and subdued graphics. Installation was nice with the anti-slippage grip tape, and once the bars were clamped down; they never moved, though the tape was too thick on initial insertion into the stem. After sliding the brake and shifters onto the bars, there was a useful set of tick marks to get those components evenly angled. Depending on the bar width, there are cutting marks every 20mm at the bar ends to shorten them down to 680mm. The 740mm test bars had a nice resiliency, and did a good job of damping vibrations, especially during forays into rock gardens and when going downhill. I found that they had a bit too much flex/give for my taste during uphill maneuvering, during climbs, technical trial type movements, and anytime you were moving slower and were torquing the bars hard. Although it was subtle, it made for a loss of control, and precision steering, and I felt as though I lost laser-like accuracy. I think they would be a better candidate for a bike with 3-4 inches of suspension, and not the typical All Mountain beasts? They are a good set of bars, with great damping properties, an excellent price, but have a slight flex or give when pushed hard, although the 740mm test width might have exacerbated the issue?

Measured Specs (740mm):

  • Weight – 219.8 grams
  • Length – 744mm

Pros:

  • Good pricepoint
  • Great damping
  • Nice width spectrum
  • Tick marks to angle brake/shifters and cut ends

Cons:

  • Slight flex when torqued hard – may be an issue with the wider versions?
  • Stem clamp grip tape too thick

Overall Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

iodine 11 handlebar specs:

  • Visit the CrankBrothers iodine 11 stem website
  • Weight – 178 grams
  • Material – high modulus carbon
  • Rise – 30mm
  • Width 680mm w/ 6º back sweep, 700mm, 740mm and 780mm w/ 9º back sweep
  • Up sweep – 5º
  • Back sweep – 6º and 9º
  • Bar clamp – 31.8mm
  • Color – carbon
  • Warranty 2 years
  • MSRP – $120 / €120

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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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