Review: OneUp Carbon Bars

To improve ride feel OneUp Components have adopted a pretty unique design to their carbon bar lineup, but does it work?

From a 35mm stem clamp size, the bars taper into an oval shape and then transition to a standard, round 22.2mm diameter. It is this very shape and geometry of the bar that OneUp has adopted to bring about compliance and what they say their test results verify is a smoother ride.

CAPE TOWN - 17 September 2020 - Missing Link shoot for BIKE NETWORK with Myles Kelsey for One Up Components . Photo by Gary Perkin
OneUp supplies the bars as 800mm and in a 20mm or 35mm rise with customized decal options to match your rig.

OneUp Components is based in Squamish, B.C Canada. The company was founded by Chris, Jon and Sam who were engineers at Race Face. With a combined 29 years of bike industry experience, they pride themselves on ‘making products we want on our bikes’.


Features

CAPE TOWN - 17 September 2020 - Missing Link shoot for BIKE NETWORK with Myles Kelsey for One Up Components . Photo by Gary Perkin
From the stem clamp, the bars quickly taper to a flat oval shape before forming the traditional 22.2mm grip and brake clamp size

OneUp says they have taken full advantage of the properties of a carbon bar by shaping it to reduce trail vibrations. From the stem clamp, the bars quickly taper to a flat oval shape before forming the traditional 22.2mm grip and brake clamp size. The oval shape which has a patent-pending distinguishes the look of the bars. OneUp supplies the bars as 800mm and in a 20mm or 35mm rise with customized decal options to match your rig.


Details

CAPE TOWN - 17 September 2020 - Missing Link shoot for BIKE NETWORK with Myles Kelsey for One Up Components . Photo by Gary Perkin

OneUp Bars

WIDTH: 800mm
RISE: 20mm (tested) or 35mm
BACK SWEEP: 8°
UP SWEEP: 5°
WEIGHT: 220g
STEM CLAMP: 35mm
INTENDED USE: Trail
PRICE: R2590
MORE: TrailTech or OneUp

Ride Impressions

CAPE TOWN - 17 September 2020 - Missing Link shoot for BIKE NETWORK with Myles Kelsey for One Up Components . Photo by Gary Perkin
To get the best performance out of the bars it is critical to follow this bar roll setup guide which helps you align the gap in the stem with the corresponding head angle of your bike.
CAPE TOWN - 17 September 2020 - Missing Link shoot for BIKE NETWORK with Myles Kelsey for One Up Components . Photo by Gary Perkin
There is a little compliance noticeable when standing and rolling a big gear up climbs. On seated climbs, I couldn’t feel any flex.
CAPE TOWN - 17 September 2020 - Missing Link shoot for BIKE NETWORK with Myles Kelsey for One Up Components . Photo by Gary Perkin
I used the bars for two months on a 160mm trail bike and a 115mm cross-country endurance bike. At higher speeds on gnarly trails, I did not notice any lack of responsiveness in the ride. The bigger hits on technical trails are definitely a little smoother – it’s almost like having a little extra travel. The big upside of these bars is the reduction in arm, wrist and hand fatigue on longer rides.

Ride Impressions

I honestly didn’t notice any flex on technical trails but that doesn’t mean there is no compliance. There is definitely some damping of trail vibrations but it was less than what I expected. However, when I switched back to my original bars and hit the same trails the difference was obvious. My hands and wrists were fatiguing earlier in the ride and the spikey ride feel was back again. Kudos to OneUp for some cool innovation here – these bars do work!

CAPE TOWN - 17 September 2020 - Missing Link shoot for BIKE NETWORK with Myles Kelsey for One Up Components . Photo by Gary Perkin

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A Second Opinion, by Kyle Collair

Kyle Collair testing the OneUp Components bar

Yes, I do like them. The effect of the compliance in the bars is quite obvious. At high speed or when hammering, you don’t really feel anything odd. But say if you’re climbing slowly along a road, you can definitely sense a bit of up/down movement at the grips. But on the trail, it just smooths out the chatter. I have it on my Enduro at the moment, which is probably overkill as it is a 170mm bike. I think using them on a down-country or trail bike is probably the most beneficial application.” – Kyle Collair



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