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Verdict: 
A low-cost, basic yet serviceable bar – just be aware of grip fit in the drops
Weight: 
283g
ITM Alutech A Alloy 7075 Handlebar
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ITM's Alutech A Alloy is a decently priced handlebar falling somewhere between fully ergo and classic in shape. If it matches your bikefit, you shouldn't be disappointed.

It's a pretty generic design with a moderately ergo shape (meaning not a continuous curve downward to the end from the levers), no wing profile on the tops, no cable channels to facilitate sinking cables into for bar wrapping, no flaring at the drops, and pretty average at 283g in the 420mm variant (380, 400 and 440mm widths are also available). There's 120mm of 31.8mm-diameter clamping section to share out among your stem, lights, computer and other paraphernalia.

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Along with markings on the clamping area, setting up was made easier by a decent set of markings on the front of the drops, facilitating brake lever positioning without guesswork or tape measure wrangling. The lack of cable indentations was notable, though – it meant when wrapped the cables were more prominent than usual under the tape.

ITM Alutech A Alloy 7075 Handlebar - detail.jpg

ITM Alutech A Alloy 7075 Handlebar - detail.jpg

In use, the contrast with my stock £50 FSA Gossamer RD-315S ergo bar was marked. Even though on paper they only differ in reach by 10mm and have identical 125mm drop, I just could not get a comfortable hand position deep in the drops of the ITM bar, finding the section below the levers dedicated to being 'ergo' was just not quite long enough. It felt like I was gripping a slight curve, with excess pressure on the outside of the grip.

It took a few adjustments of the shifter to get a good enough position in the drops for lever reach too, and the lack of any flare meant I noticed more forearm strike against the bar when out of the saddle in the drops.

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In terms of flex and vibration, I have no complaints – I didn't notice either as an issue – and for the price, the Alutech A is going to be fine for many users.

It's not a bad bar, but for me personally – my bikefit, my hand size and my sprinting style – it didn't feel as good as my benchmark. If you're slightly-larger-than-normal of hand, and like your under-tape cables to be nary invisible to the touch, you may want to consider other options; on the other hand (literally), you might like the feel on offer. For the price, there are bound to be riders who would benefit from choosing this bar.

Verdict

A low-cost, basic yet serviceable bar – just be aware of grip fit in the drops

road.cc test report

Make and model: ITM Alutech A Alloy 7075 Handlebar

Size tested: 420mm

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

ITM says: "Manufactured in AL 7075 T6. The compact drops permit correct positioning for maximum steering control: perfect distribution of rigidity and maximum shock absorption."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Available in 380/400/420/440mm sizes

70mm reach

125mm drop

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Well enough made, for a handlebar.

Rate the product for performance:
 
6/10

Can't help thinking a few very minor tweaks would yield major improvements.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Looks tough enough to last.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
7/10

Not bad for the price.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
4/10

For me it wasn't comfortable in the drops, and the lack of a cable channel is annoying.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Not a bad price for a well-made bar (especially if it suits your hands).

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

A fundamentally good bar, my personal fit issue aside.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The price isn't bad.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The ergo curve area, and no cable channel.

Did you enjoy using the product? No, but it's a personal fit issue.

Would you consider buying the product? No, but only because of my own hand size.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, if they had smaller hands.

Use this box to explain your score

It's an average bar, made slightly better by a low price. Does the job, but could do with a cable channel.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 183cm  Weight: 72kg

I usually ride: Merida Ride 5000 Disc  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, club rides, general fitness riding, mountain biking, Dutch bike pootling