I swapped the full Burgtec cockpit between a few test rigs, to give me the best chance to directly compare the performance with the competition. The Bartender Pro grips are a touch thicker than my preference, but all the extra thickness is undoubtedly used to help take the sting out of the trail and the heavily ribbed design offers great grip in the wet. It is safe to say the Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Handlebar and Enduro MK3 stem combination provides a noticeably direct connection between the hands and the front end, without a single hint of undesirable twist. However, much to my surprise, this was not matched with a harsh feel that would indicate things were too stiff. There is no doubt that some of this was a result of the grips, but the same rang true when I experimented with a set of thinner grips, offering a slightly more muted sensation than RaceFace’s 35mm SIXC bar on chattery terrain. Swapping the cockpit from bike to bike highlighted good tolerances and high-quality hardware, with each swap feeling as smooth as the last.
The Bartender Pro grips did unfortunately suffer from a slight amount of “rock” on the bar, even after a recommended whack on the ends with a mallet. Speaking to some trusted riders who run the grips led me to believe this was an isolated issue that should not pose any cause for concern.
I am a big fan of the looks of the Burgtec cockpit, with graphics that are not too in-your-face but leave the parts unmistakable. The carbon bar has a classic shape, but the stem is quite unique and looks and feels chunky enough to justify its relatively high weight. But minimum weight certainly was not Burgtec’s primary design target, which is shown by the impressive stiffness.
The Burgtec Ride Wide Enduro Carbon Handlebar and Enduro MK3 Stem provide a solid (in all senses of the word) combination that is at home on the front of any hard-charging single crown machine, without producing a wrist-jarring ride, but come with a price to match. The Bartender Pro Grips are an effectively cushioned offering for those who like a mid to thick grip.
Price: £245 (as tested)
Ride Wide Carbon Enduro Handlebar – £134.99
MK3 Enduro Stem – £89.99
Bartender Pro Grips – £19.99