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Genetic STV Road Bar



Decent performance and a quality handlebar for an impressive price
Compact shape
Small diameter top section allows you to run thick bar tape
Cable grooves are non-existent
No 'sandpaper' effect for gripping gear shifters

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The Genetic STV Road Bar delivers a good balance of stiffness, comfort and weight at a decent price. It also has a compact shape that can be used by less flexible riders.

The STV does pretty much everything a handlebar needs to. Made from 6061 series aluminium alloy, it offers loads of stiffness, something that I wasn't too sure it was going to have, considering how narrow the profile is on the tops. Either side of the 31.8mm diameter clamping area it tapers down to a little over 20mm, which is a lot smaller than most.

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It does leave plenty of room for the cable and hose routing, though, which is good as there are no specific grooves to run them through. You can run thicker bar tape too for extra comfort without adding too much to the bulk.

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At the hoods the bar profile thickens again and continues down to the drops, so there is plenty of stiffness here for when you are mashing the pedals in anger.

Some bars have a sandpaper effect under the anodising for grip where the gear shifters sit, but the Genetic doesn't have this. The surface is very smooth and I did have a bit of an issue with one of the levers slipping on the first ride, but after a light rub down with a bit of wet and dry paper it was solved.

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The drops themselves are pretty shallow at just 120mm and the reach is only 70mm, which makes everything quite compact: perfect for those riders with small hands or who still like to hunker down for the fast sections but maybe aren't the most flexible.

It's available in widths from 36cm to 44cm measured centre to centre, in 2cm increments.

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The overall quality and finish are impressive for the money. The anodised coating is robust and hasn't scratched, nor have the graphics.

A weight of 308g (42cm) is none too shabby, and it's 5g lighter than the £52 Ritchey Comp Ergomax. Pretty good for a handlebar that is a penny shy of £30.

It's only a few grams heavier than the very good Easton EA70 AX bar, which costs more than double at £79.99.

On the whole, the STV bar delivers across the board, with a much higher performance than its price point would have you expect.


Decent performance and a quality handlebar for an impressive price test report

Make and model: Genetic STV Road handlebar

Size tested: 42cm

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?

Genetic says, "Our STV handlebars are a great product at a great price point.

These bars are made from 6061 series Aluminium alloy, for superior strength and toughness, whilst also being lightweight, with good fatigue resistance.

With 70mm of reach and 20mm drop, the STV bars also feature a flat transition from the bar tops to the brake lever hoods. While the five different size options from 360 to 440mm, in 20mm increments, make them the perfect choice for riders, trying to achieve optimal handlebar width.

STV bars are aimed at the road rider/racer, but are also suitable for Track, Cyclo Cross, Gravel, Touring and Commuter bikes."

It's a good quality and nicely shaped handlebar for all types of road riding.

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

Genetic lists:

Road, Track, CX, Gravel, Touring or Commuting

Flat transition from tops to lever hoods

Compact ergonomic style bend

Smart sandblasted and black anodised finish

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

It's a competitively priced road bar with decent performance and comfort.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Shallow drop gives plenty of hand options for many riders.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Gear shifters can slip on smooth finish.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

A lot of the bars we've tested lately using this material are around the £45 mark and above, like the Ritchey and Easton mentioned in the review.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

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A really good handlebar: a lot stiffer than I was expecting from the narrow top section, plus it comes in at a decent weight. The price is impressive too.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 41  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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