Bike Handlebars are the contact points for your hands and the controls and come is a huge variety of style, purposes and materials. Handlebars are specific to the discipline and come in different widths to suit different sizes riders. Downhill mtb handlebars are often wider to gain extra control when descending at speed. Road handles bars can come in one or two piece designs meaning that some handlebars now have integrated stems built in for a more aero performance.
Bar ends are an essential piece of safety equipment that fit into the holes at the end of your bars. These are mandatory when racing or taking part in a organised event and on some trails. Most bar ends come with bar tape but it is useful to have spares incase you lose one.
Bar grips fit onto the handlebars where your hands grip the bars. They can be made of various materials and thicknesses to suit each individual rider. They come in rubber, gel, foam, and others variations to improve handling and reduce shock through your hands to help you ride for longer and perform better. Patterns on the grips help grips to remain grippy in wet, dirty conditions and also in hot conditions.
Bar tape is used on road bikes, TT bikes, cyclocross and gravel bikes with drop bars. The tape is wrapped around the bars to offer confort, control and eliminate vibration that is transferred through the road to the handlebars. Bartape comes in a massive selection of colours and design and also offer a number of different materials to cater for your requirements. Bartape also come in different thicknesses to get with ergonomics and handling.
Headsets are the component that hold the forks and handlebars in place. This is a bolt that screws down in to the fork steerer to hold the bike together. Headsets come in a number of different sizes and style, make sure you buy the right headset for your bike or it could cause damage or fail to work effectively. Headsets are also a wear and tear part so it is important to check periodically on this to ensure good working order.
Stems are part of the handlebar set up and is the component that determined the reach and geometry set up of your bike. Stems come in a number of lengths and angles to suit your size, style and discipline. Downhill bikes and endure bikes often use much shorter positive degree stems which are stiffer and stronger to support a wider handlebar. Road bike stems and cyclocross stems are usually a little longer and can be negative degree angle to enable a lower more racy position.