Crank Brothers Cobalt 11 Carbon XC Riser Handlebar

DESCRIPTION

Light weight, modulus, unidirectional carbon riser bar 31.8mm clamp diameter15mm rise5 degree up sweep6 degree back sweep High modulus carbon construction

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 05, 2021]
minisman


OVERALL
RATING
3
Strength:

It definitly seems light and durable. I have had them for at least 3 years. THis is sort of a Pro and Con, but the carbon thickness is so thick at the ends that most bar ends wont fit... a shame because it limits you to grips with sealed ends, and I wanted to run hidden tools in there and they wont fit.

Weakness:

Like another reviewer mentioned the clamp area has ripples and pinch marks, likley from me over tightening a bit, but I'm not too concerned about it damaging integrity as these seem to be thick bars! As above, the wall thickness is too thick for most bar end plugs or concealed handle bar tools to fit.

Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2015
[Aug 10, 2013]
Jayem
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Light. Wide. Bend on low-rise version seems good.

Weakness:

Diameter of the end of the bar is not constant thickness. Material much thicker on one side and what looks like paper thick on another, not consistent with both sides either. Looks like poor QC (again).

You get what you pay for, this can usually be had for just slightly over $100, yet spending a bit more will get you a lot more piece of mind with another brand IMO.

[May 08, 2012]
davemaas
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light weight, feel good with my set up and feel like they can handle whatever you throw at them. Buy the widest you can and trim if needed.

Weakness:

You have to pay the price like all the rest of the good stuff.

I have the 740mm wide model and it is great to have the extra leverage coming from a MX background. Use a Cobalt 3 stem and you get a great looking front end that really stand out in a crowd. Since I have a higher than stock front end I used the 15mm rise and run the stem low to keep it easy on climbs. No regrets

Similar Products Used:

Race Face SL 3/4

[Apr 26, 2012]
dubdryver
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Weight equal to competition, strong, durable, relatively comfortable.

Weakness:

No weakness, but make sure you clamp to spec!

I have had these installed on my Salsa Selma for about a year now, and transferred them over to my Lynskey Pro29 SL. Because of the top tube length of both my Selma and my Lynskey for a size small, I went with these bars to utilize an expensive stem that I like and had on-hand. The back sweep isn't as much as a Truvativ or Easton which I am more accustomed to using which actually helped in the end with the bike fit. They have performed non-the-less, and proved to be durable and comfortable.

The dampening quality and flex is on par with Truvativ and Easton EC70 as well so if you see a good deal on them, they are worth considering. These bars actually weighted 181g which was 5g less than the Easton EC70 Low-rise 31.4 that I run on another bike, and only cost $80 at the time when I bought them, so pretty good value as well.

I will touch on the perceived weakness, as it doesn't make sense to post something and not elaborating. I may have over tightened the brake clamps onto the bar and after a year of not even touching the brakes or the bars, when I moved them over to the Lynskey, there was a slight ripple on each side just outside the clamping spot. I have not noticed any effect on the performance, and they get pounded on as my daily rider, and don't appear to be letting up!

Similar Products Used:

Easton EC70 Low-Rise
Truvativ Noir WCS Carbon Low-Rise
Truvativ T20 Low-Rise
Easton MonkeyLite Low-Rise
Various aluminum bars over the years before going to carbon, but I wouldn't compare them to carbon bars especially the newer carbon bars.

[Oct 11, 2010]
moemetzger
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Stiff..great feel...look awesome...they have a nice rise and sweep.

Weakness:

Price...

Nice bars and they have the familar Crank Bros. Quality...not sure if they are worth the money, but they make the bike look sweet..I weighed the bars on a mail scale and they weighed excactly 6 ounces..

Similar Products Used:

this is my first set of carbon bars.

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