The eXotic Full Carbon eXergo Compact Bar is an affordable option for riders who wants a full carbon fibre handlebar and it offers plenty of stiffness. It’s relatively light, too, but while the handlebar technically has internal routing, that’s not really the case in the truest sense and the overall aesthetic is a little retro.
Carbon handlebars divide opinion for many people. For some carbon fibre is the be all and end all, and the ultimate material from which to make a handlebar, while for others they are too fragile and the potential for crash damage is too high, especially if there has been a considerable outlay. It’s for that reason – the risk of crash damage – that most professional riders opt for aluminium cockpit components.
This eXotic ‘bar looks to bridge the gap in a sense, by being stiff and reportedly strong (though I’ll come on to that), without breaking the bank. Despite coming in at a relatively svelte 232g for the 42mm width tested, the handlebar offers plenty of stiffness and rigidity, and there’s hardly any detectable give when pulling hard in the drops.