M7 Bar and Stem Combo
Words & Photos by Drew Rohde
It’s been a few years since the 35mm handlebar clamp diameter’s introduction. Admittedly we weren’t huge fans then, and there are still plenty of bars out now that make us wish for a compliant 31.8 bar. It seems every year another brand comes out with ‘a 35mm bar that rides like a 31.8’ yet we continue wish our hands weren’t so sore at the end of the day. When we got our hands on the Enve M7 handlebar and stem, we were a bit skeptical. They certainly looked impressive, as they should for the price, but would they truly live up to the claims of being a gravity-rated carbon cockpit with stiffness and compliance? We spent the next six months finding out.
If it’s one thing Enve knows, it’s carbon construction. Immediately upon inspecting the components we were impressed with the finish and finesse in each curve and feature. The stem is a real piece of work as the shape is stealthy and refined. We opted for a 50mm length to keep handling precise and sharp. Other length offerings 35mm or 60mm and all have a zero degree rise and 40mm stack height.
Enve offers the M7 handlebar in three different rise options: 10-, 25-, and 40mm. We opted for the 25mm rise to experiment with some height changes from our traditionally low stack height preferences. We actually liked going up a bit and the 25mm put us in a comfortable position. The bars feature an 8-degree sweep and 4-degree trip. We ran the bars at full length, which is 800mm. Narrow bar lovers take note, Enve claims a minimum width of 780mm.
Enve also ships each set of handlebars with a full spectrum sticker sheet to match their wheel decals. If you’ve got colored pedals or grips these could really help tie the room together. If not, you’ve got a stealthy option, which is what we chose to run.
Both the stem and bar are gravity-rated, which means Enve has tested them to withstand the abuses of aggressive downhill riding. Even though strength is off the charts, forcing Enve to recalibrate their test lab equipment, the goal was to have something equally pleasant to ride as it is strong. Enve claims that carbon is the ideal material as they can tune its characteristics by manipulating fiber orientation and bar shape. According to Enve, “The flex profile is highly tuned to blend responsiveness while absorbing fatigue-inducing chatter.”