Bar widths are getting wider and wider these days. Guest writer, Josh Rhea has been riding with the all-new Truvativ Holzfeller 730mm bar and stem combo on his Ibis Mojo HD and likes the results.

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 (tested), Snow White
  • MSRP: $64

Truvativ Holzfeller Stem Features:

  • Material: Forged AL-66, Clamp: AL-66
  • Weight: 190g (40mm)
  • Lengths: 40mm / 55mm / 60mm (tested)
  • Finish: Black Anodized (tested), BoXXer Red
  • MSRP: $62 (60mm)

Truvativ Holzfeller Stem and Riser Bars Review

Swing a leg over your rig, grab a handful of grip, and get ready to rip. Because the first thing you feel when locking onto Truvativ’s gravity pro-level Holzfeller cockpit is overwhelming confidence. The reason for that confidence is fat: the handlebar’s oversized diameter extends out much further than other bars from the stem clamping area before tapering to the grips, giving you a sense of absolute burl under your control. But that burl doesn’t equate to excessive weight—I had the 60 mm stem and 730-mm wide bars mounted on my all-mountain bike, an Ibis Mojo HD — and didn’t feel handicapped by weight in the least.

The 730 mm Holzfeller bar width is fairly standard for modern all-mountain bikes; it provides excellent leverage when cornering, but is narrow enough to maneuver between tighter trees and rocks without being overly concerned with snagging a bar or breaking your pinky finger. The stem/bar combo is incredibly stiff, too.

I used this combo for one of the fastest, most technical Super D races in the country: the Moab Ho-Down. That course requires well over 20 minutes of high-speed jack-hammering through rock gardens, ledges and drops. Nothing phased this setup. The 60 mm stem was a fraction too short for me on racecourse climbs, but provided absolute precision on the descents.

One note on setup: Truvativ has an ingenious, simple white mark on both the bars and stem that allows you to center the bars perfectly on the stem. I’ve used plenty of bar/stem combos that have guides with varying degrees of adjustment, but never one that had such a precise little mark to get them centered up with such ease. Brilliantly simple.

Good Holzfeller

  • Confidence to go big without a big weight penalty
  • Comfortable, transparent feel at the bars—just install and ride
  • Steering precision
  • Intuitive, easy setup
  • Quality feels much better than some older Truvativ products

Bad Holzfeller

  • Could be overkill for an all-mountain bike

Bottom Line: 2012 Truvativ Holzfeller Stem and Handlebars

The new Truvativ Holzfeller stem and bar combo has felt comfortable from day-one — just slap these on and ride. The easy set-up and improved steering precision makes these a worthy addition at a reasonable price and respectable weight.

Buy Now: Truvativ Bars at JensonUSA

About Author

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Josh Rhea has always had a passion for mountain life—thanks to many Colorado road trips in his youth. A devoted skier for 33 years and a mountain biker for 15 years, Josh has worked as a writer and editor for Powder Magazine and, and currently works in marketing at Black Diamond Equipment in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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