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ENVE M7 Review

The M7 is a super stiff carbon handlebar that is made in the USA by ENVE.
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Price:  $170 List | $170.00 at Competitive Cyclist
Pros:  Lightweight, stiff, made in the USA
Cons:  Stiff, may be too stiff for some, causes hand fatigue
Manufacturer:   ENVE
By Dillon Osleger ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 14, 2019
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  • Stiffness & Compliance - 30% 7
  • Control - 30% 7
  • Weight - 20% 9
  • Style & Design - 20% 7

Our Verdict

Made is the USA is all the rage these days, and ENVE is one of the few manufacturers producing carbon fiber components here in the states. While they are better known for their wheels, we took a look over their handlebar lineup and decided to test the M7 bars to see if they lived up to the hype. While they didn't come away with any awards, we can say the construction is solid and a great choice for the rider who demands the absolute stiffest handlebar. The unrelenting stiffness of these bars makes them ultra-precise in the steering department but we found them to be a little harsh when compared to more balanced options. That said, if a lightweight and super stiff handlebar is what you're after, check out the ENVE M7.


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Pros Lightweight, stiff, made in the USALightweight, great control, vibration dampening, stylishLightweight, stiff, great control characteristicsLightweight, good control, designed for rough terrainAdjustable width, lightweight, comfortable feel
Cons Stiff, may be too stiff for some, causes hand fatigueNot the lightest, expensiveLimited style and rise options, expensiveLimited selection, expensiveless stiff than others, 31.8mm clamp only
Bottom Line The M7 is a super stiff carbon handlebar that is made in the USA by ENVE.The Deity Speedway checked all of our boxes and takes home our Editor's Choice Award.The Santa Cruz Carbon Riser is a high quality carbon handlebar that has an ideal blend of lightweight, stiffness/compliance, and control for all types of riding.The Race Face Next R handlebar is a lightweight carbon fiber model and one of our top rated favorites.The Ibis Adjustable is an innovative carbon model that allows the user to repeatedly adjust the width of their handlebars.
Rating Categories ENVE M7 Speedway 35 Carbon Riser Carbon 800 Riser Race Face Next R 35 Carbon Ibis Carbon Adjustable Width
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Specs ENVE M7 Speedway 35 Carbon... Carbon 800 Riser Race Face Next R... Ibis Carbon...
Weight 241g 245g 227g 215g 254g with inserts / 236g without inserts
Clamp Diameter 35mm 35mm 35mm 35mm 31.8mm
Material carbon fiber uni-directional carbon carbon fiber unidirectional carbon carbon fiber
Width 800mm 810mm 800mm 800mm Adjustable from 750mm to 800mm,
Rise tested 25mm 30mm 20mm 20mm 30mm
Upsweep (degrees) 4 5 7 5 5
Backsweep (degrees) 8 9 9 8 9
Available Widths (mm) 800mm 810mm 760/800mm 800mm 750/800mm
Avaialable Clamp Diameters (mm) 35mm 35mm 35mm 35mm 31.8mm
Rise Options 10mm, 25mm, 40mm 10mm, 20mm, 35mm 10mm, 30mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

ENVE set out to design a bar that complied with the modern standard of 35mm clamp diameter, had the same flex and control as their DH bar (M9), but was better suited for trail, all-mountain, and enduro riding. Lightweight, strong, and stiff are the hallmarks of the M7, though it lacks the balanced feel and vibration dampening qualities of its carbon fiber competition in this review.

Performance Comparison



The M7 is a burly carbon handlebar made to be super stiff for precise control at high speeds and in demanding situations under strong pilots.
The M7 is a burly carbon handlebar made to be super stiff for precise control at high speeds and in demanding situations under strong pilots.

Stiffness & Compliance


This bar creates a knife-edge, where individuals are on either end of the love it/hate it spectrum. Few riders will be neutral with regards to how stiff this bar is, but if you have incredible forearm strength and the grip of a monkey, you'll likely love how these bars feel. The stiffness only adds to how quick these bars react but will take a toll on anyone unprepared to tame these bars as you would a wild stallion. Don't expect forgiveness in the sense of compliance or vibration dampening, but do expect to fly through rough sections of trail and rail corners like never before.

Too much of a good thing can be bad, which is why we downgraded these bars in the scores for stiffness and compliance. Sure, they are ultra-stiff and super precise, but they don't dampen vibration much, if at all. Testers found themselves shaking out their hands after long descents more often when riding the M7 compared to other carbon bars. If you are aiming for EWS or other enduro glory, you should consider these and train to be able to handle them. If you are looking for a bar for every day riding or you simply aren't built with the upper body strength of Tarzan, we suggest looking to something more forgiving.

If you can handle the stiffness of the M7 it offers razor-sharp handling and instant response to rider input.
If you can handle the stiffness of the M7 it offers razor-sharp handling and instant response to rider input.

Control


Stiffness can have a large influence on control, which is why once again, this bar's score got a little hurt by being as stiff as they come. The control is fantastic until your hands and forearms wear out and you are left catapulting over the bars as you can't grip anymore. If you can tame the beast, these are about as surgical in terms of control as bars come, if you aren't up to the task, they will buck you as they gallop into the sunset.

Again, these bars are super precise and respond instantaneously to rider input. The 35mm clamp diameter and 800mm width give you all the leverage you could ever need for trail, all-mountain, and enduro riding. If you seek or you can handle the uncompromising stiffness of the M7, then you will be impressed by the control they deliver. If you like to feel every bump in the trail, then this is your bar. If you don't have super strong hands or forearms, this bar will likely put your hands to sleep on rough trails or long descents. Want control without having to train in the gym? The Santa Cruz Carbon and RaceFace Next R are your answer; providing the stiffness, light weight, vibration reduction, and control you are likely in search of, without the overly stiff build.

The lightweight of the M7 will make it easier to pop wheelies. Seriously though  this bar is very light  especially considering how stout it feels.
The lightweight of the M7 will make it easier to pop wheelies. Seriously though, this bar is very light, especially considering how stout it feels.

Weight


Carbon = light, it's science. At a measured weight of 241 grams, these will lighten up your cockpit and overall bike build more than many other component swaps. Keeping things stiff while reducing weight up front helps with letting the front tire dance through technical sections at mach speed, and will allow for easier cornering and weight shifting.

Aside from the RaceFace Next R and the Santa Cruz Carbon, there aren't any bars we tested lighter than the Enve M7.

The M7 has subtle but recognizable styling. Each bar is also shipped with a sheet of colored decals to color match ENVE wheels.
The M7 has subtle but recognizable styling. Each bar is also shipped with a sheet of colored decals to color match ENVE wheels.

Style & Design


Making quality items entirely in the USA at a competitive price is easier said than done, but ENVE set themselves to the task and came away with a winner of a bar for the intended purpose. The styling, finish, and overall quality is stunning; however not much can be said for industry-changing technology other than setting a Made in the USA example. That said, ENVE has been a leader and innovator in carbon fiber mountain bike components, and they have more experience than most when it comes to design and production.

The M7 bar has an especially clean look with subtle graphics, a matte finish, and nice lines. The finish quality is superb, and we feel this is a bling-y upgrade to anyone's cockpit. We can't specifically identify any unique or innovative technology, just straight up stiff carbon fiber. The M7 comes in an 800mm width with a 35mm clamp diameter. They have applied some texture to the stem clamp area to prevent unwanted twisting of the bars, as well as measurement lines on the ends of the bars to help with the task of trimming them down. Interestingly, ENVE recommends not trimming these narrower than 780mm or risk them being stiffer than they already are. They come in three rise options, 10mm, 25mm (tested), and 40mm.

All the info is printed on the backside of the bar  the textured stem clamp area helps keep things in place.
All the info is printed on the backside of the bar, the textured stem clamp area helps keep things in place.

Value


It's rare that anything Made in the USA comes at a price equivalent to the same thing made in Taiwan, but the M7 is right on par with the other carbon fiber models in this review. This is quite impressive and you can feel good about the quality and your decision to support American laborers. While we appreciate the value of these bars, we think that they are only a great value to the consumer who seeks the absolute stiffest of handlebars.

The M7 is an excellent upgrade for the rider who aggressive rider who seeks a lightweight and stiff handlebar for their trail  all-mountain  or enduro rig.
The M7 is an excellent upgrade for the rider who aggressive rider who seeks a lightweight and stiff handlebar for their trail, all-mountain, or enduro rig.

Conclusion


The M7 is a lightweight and STIFF handlebar that is made in the USA by ENVE. This is a great option for the rider with the preference for this type of uncompromising stiffness in their cockpit, and is willing and able to handle the trail feedback that comes along with it. If you are on the heavier side of the scale or race fast and technical courses this could be the bar to solve all of your issues. On the likely chance that the above doesn't describe you, we would suggest looking at other bars in this test or ENVE's more compliant options like the M5 or M6.


Dillon Osleger