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West Sussex-based Ultimate Sports Engineering (USE) have just sent us their brand new Wide Flattie handlebar.

With the increased height at the front of 29ers, a flat bar preferable to keep the front from getting too lofty. There's also definitely a trend towards going wider as well, with many cottoning onto the handlebar benefits a wider/shorter cockpit bring. This is most noticeable on 29ers, where the front is already high, so a wide and flat bar is the perfect choice.

USE have opted for a conservative 710mm, which will suit the needs of most endurance and cross-country folk. It's made from 3k carbon and costing £125, the new bar is said by the company to be “great for 29er use."

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USE’s new offering comes in 31.8mm stem clamp size only, with aluminium inserts at the bar tips so you can safely clamp down a set of lock-on grips without fear of squishing the carbon. 5mm incremental cut marks let you narrow the bar down to 650mm, if you prefer a narrower bar.

And the weight? 166g on the office post scales.

While we’re testing this new bar, we took the opportunity to test the long-running stem and seatpost USE produces. The Sumo Carbon seat post (£94.99) uses a one-bolt aluminium clamp, allowing for easy and quick saddle setup, atop a carbon tube. There’s 10mm offset and it takes 7mm saddle rails as standard. It’s available in a generous 400mm length and with four diameters to choose from.

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To complete the package we’ve got our hands on the lovely CNC-machined and forged 7075 aluminium stem, with a four bolt clamp. Lengths range from 80mm through to 130mm in 10mm increments, with a 31.8mm clamp size.

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We'll be slapping this parts on the Kinesis XC Pro 3 and we'll come back soon with a full review.

More info and details at www.use1.com