Bars are getting wider and wider these days. At 730mm, the all-new 2012 Truvativ Holzfeller riser bars would be considered “normal” by today’s freeride/DH standards when just a few years ago, that “normal” was considerably narrower (680mm ish). Guest reviewer, Nathan Hansen, has had the Holzfeller risers and stem on his rig for a few months and is ready to share his thoughts. Read on.

Truvativ Holzfeller Riser Bar Features:

  • Material:¬†Butted AL-7050 TV
  • Weight: 290 grams
  • Width: 730mm
  • Rise: 20 (tested), 30, 40 or 50mm
  • Sweep: 9 degree back, 5 degree up
  • Colors: Black anodized, sno white (tested)
  • MSRP: $64

Truvativ Holzfeller 20mm Riser Bars Review

The move to an oversized bar is a welcome change. The feel is stiffer and it looks good. Previous bar and stem were good and top notch but I like this Truvativ set up. It cut some weight and seems to be as stiff and strong as my previous set up. I have went on several rides from Park City to Moab. The last ride was on the Lower Porcupine Single track down to the Colorado river. The LPS section was a first for me, it was a great ride, and the bars and stem worked flawlessly.

The Holzfeller bar is about an inch wider than my previous set up, it seems very stout, and looks to be able to handle anything that my 225 pounds could ever throw at it. The sweep and rise felt right. The extra width was nice, but in certain situations I felt the a little hesitant while going through trails with narrow rock, or tree sections. I think it is just a matter of getting used to the extra width. It is nice to have guide lines on the bars if I decided to shorten them.

The Holzfeller stem is shorter, than my previous set up. Along with the bar it is top notch equipment, and held the bar firm. I like the minimalist look and the cut outs on the face plate that allows you to view the angle lines on the bars, plus it took a chunk of weight off the front end compared to my previous stem. My bike isn’t light by any stretch, but it sure is nice to get a stem that appears to be strong, and is stiff without a ton of extra material.

As you can see from the photo, the color combo isn’t exactly what I would pick to go with my frame, but this isn’t a fashion show. The parts are good stuff and that is what counts.

Good Holzfeller Risers

  • Looks great
  • Feels strong and stiff
  • Perfect rise rise and sweep
  • Holzfeller stem cut outs make it easy to see reference lines

Bad Holzfeller Risers

  • Purely cosmetic, but the color scheme isn’t my first choice

Bottom Line: 2012 Truvativ Holzfeller Bars and Stem

Lighter and much wider than their replacements, the new Truvativ 730mm bars provide confident handling and solid performance.

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About Author

Utah-bred, Nathan has enjoyed cycling from an early age. After discovering mountain biking and Utah's killer singletrack, he was hooked like an addict. During college, he worked at a bike shop -- thus feeding the addiction. Nate loves to ride all types of terrain, but gets humbled by the pro's when it comes to technical DH trails... more practice, more practice.

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