Funn have been producing great bars and stem for ages, and always offer up something affordable and functional for those without a huge wedge of cash burning a hole in their pocket.Buy Handlebars on
The Full On bar is not going to blow anyone's mind with futuristic features but offers a reliable bar with some good numbers. 785mm is the width, which will suit all but the most ape-armed riders, and along with a 5.5 up and 8 degrees back sweep, it's in the middle range for bars. Available in two different rises, a myriad of colours and landing on the scales at 340g, there is little to complain about.
The Crossfire Stem does a good job of punching above it's (figurative) weight and looks a very classy piece of kit. The weight is low, the length options are good and features a solid clamping system.
Set up is as easy as one would expect, plenty of markings exist to help get things cut down and lined up easily. The zero-gap stem means the top two bolts are tightened up first before the bottom two which can then be torqued up evenly.
The shape of the bars is comfy and sits in the middle of the road really, with an 8 degree back it's going to feel good to a lot of riders unless they have a strong preference for cockpit setups. The bars certainly felt good on the trail, not too harsh or too vague, they are 31.8mm clamp so certainly lack the brutal stiffness of some bars.
The crucial things about this set up is that it is simple, cheap and is essentially forgotten about once you hit the trails. There is no wondering if your latest upgrade is worth the money, or if they are doing anything fancy, these are simply a solid and comfortable set of bars. Add in a range of colours and you have a cockpit suitable for any bike and despite their low-cost look really good.
The one issue with the colours is that the bar and stem combo I had didn't match perfectly, and for those adding some bling to their ride this is an issue. Perhaps going for a black stem and coloured bars is the answer.
Cost effective and functional bar stem combination that will suit most riders with their range of options and colours. A great looking and simple set up that I would be happy to ride on any bike.
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