Stem Weight: 200g
Bars Weight: 280g
At a Glance
The Warhead bars and Stem from Nukeproof we added to the Scratch over the standard Bontrager 70mm stem and 720mm bars. We wanted a shorter cockpit for the Mega and also a little more leverage. Okay really we wanted our elbows out as far as possible on the racecourse! The bars are manufactured from high-grade 7075 aluminium and have a shot peened finish to maximise fatigue resistance. The clamp area is oversize at 31.8mm and the ends of the bar have plenty of markings should you want to trim them down, although we would recommend you didn’t! The stem is cold forged and then CNC Machined to ensure a maximum strength to weight ratio. We’ve been running one of these stems on one of our other bikes and that swayed our decision to run one on the Scratch. It hasn’t let us down before so we were hoping it wouldn’t let us down at the Mega!
At the Mega
It seems riders are consistently running wider and wider bars, we have a set of 780mm in the office now and 820mm are not uncommon these days. The wider bars give you more control over the front wheel of the bike as it is bouncing around off rocks and roots. However the wider you go the more prone to flex the bar will be. The warhead seems to have a good balance of control at the front end. We didn’t notice any adverse flex as we hammered down the mountain and the front end behaved impeccably at all times. In terms of strength we certainly piled the bars into the dirt a few times and they always came back smelling of roses. No damage or even major scratches were sustained during the week.
Well priced set up will improve your handling if you run shorter bars and tend to ride DH more than XC.
Bars RRP £44.99
Stem RRP £49.99
This review was in Issue 7 of IMB.For more information visit Nukeproof
By Rou ChaterRou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.