Syncros iC Fraser & Hixon go big & SL for 2020 with lighter carbon MTB bar+stem combos, bigger & wider bars, and more options for all mountain bikers. We’ve seen Syncros iC integrating carbon mountain bike bars & stems for race bikes for more than three years, now adding up to five different MTB integrated cockpit options from World Cup XC to DH racing, with every other trail-riding discipline in between. What seemingly started as a way to shave weight on the race course and get super low, has evolved into a setup Syncros assures is both lighter and much stronger than separate handlebars & stems.

Syncros iC – complete integrated mountain bike cockpit family

Individually, we covered each of the Syncros one-piece iC mountain bike bar & stem combos from the cross-country Frasier to the more gravity-ready Hixon family. Our first racing glimpse was probably the earliest, lightest edition on multiple XC World Champ Nino Schurter’s Scott Spark RC 900 race bike. But it was last summer’s lightweight, but still DH race-ready Scott Gambler Tuned that rounded out the most heavy-hitting of the gravity-ready iC setups.

While initially it seemed limiting to have a mountain bike cockpit setup that wouldn’t let you change handlebar or stem geometry, now with so many size options in five different iC bar/stems there really looks to be a cockpit for every type of mountain biker. Slam that stem and Race XC with the Fraser iC SL SE or just rail XC singletrack with the standard Fraser iC SL. If more technical riding is your bag, the Syncros Hixon iC SL can be your trail bar, the Hixon iC 1.0 Rise your enduro bar, or bolt on a direct mount Hixon iC DH to bomb downhill – all with clean one-piece lines and discipline-specific strength & light weight.

Syncros Fraser iC SL SE cross-country race cockpit

Originally designed to get low under Nino Schurter, a longtime member of the #slamyourstem club, the first Fraser iC SL Special Edition incorporated a low, swept-forward design to mimic a -25° x 90mm stem, combined with a flat bar with 6° of upsweep and 9° of backsweep and 740mm wide – the preferred geometry of N1NO (at just 220g).

Now, thanks to another fast member of the Scott-SRAM team – young Andri Frischnech needed a slightly less dramatic setup. So the Fraser iC SL SE is now also available in a virtual -17° x 100mm stem, with the same 740mm wide bar & 6° up /9° backsweep. Either size of the carbon Fraser iC SL SE bar sells for the same 450€ pricetag.

Syncros Fraser iC SL cross-country MTB cockpit

Pretty much the original XC evolution of the iC concept, the 350€ Fraser iC SL was meant to be the perfect mix of lightweight, responsive, durable and reliable in an all-around cross-country mountain bike bar. Evolved from the Hixon iC trail bar, the Fraser iC SL made almost 15% weight savings with its super light SL carbon layup in a 740mm wide flat bar, with a virtual -8° stem and options for virtual 60,70, 80 & 90mm stem lengths (6° up /9° backsweep). This is the bar of choice for ex-World Champ & World Cup winner Kate Courtney, with the same 220g claimed weight as the Special Edition bar.

Syncros Hixon iC SL trail MTB cockpit – Now Lighter & Wider!

 

The Hixon iC is actually where Syncros’ mountain bike integrated cockpits got their start on the 2018 Scott Genius, combing benchmark trail bike strength & light weight. Now it’s even lighter & wider than before at a claimed 260g (in 780x50mm). The new Hixon iC SL is 2cm wider than before at 780mm and drops more than 10% off its weight thanks to a new lighter SL carbon layup, while maintaining the same strength as before – and all-mountain rating.

The new 330€ Hixon iC SL is available with a virtually flat stem in 40, 50 & 50mm lengths with 15mm of rise. The bar portion is now 780mm wide, with 6° upsweep & 9° backsweep.

Syncros Hixon iC 1.0 Rise enduro MTB cockpit – Now Lighter!

 

For those looking for a wider enduro bar, the Hixon iC 1.0 Rise gets a bit higher moving from 15 to 20mm of rise and a slight geometry tweak, while also shedding just a few grams thanks to improved SL carbon layup.

The new 330€ Hixon iC 1.0 Rise now comes with 40 or 50mm virtual stem length, 20mm of rise, and an 800mm bar with 6° upsweep & 7° backsweep – a claimed weight of 270g for the longer option.

Syncros Hixon iC DH direct-mount downhill MTB cockpit – Now Lighter!

 

Only available last summer on the special edition Gambler, now any DHer can direct mount Syncros’ “ultimate in lightweight and strength for the downhill racer” to the upper crown of their fork. The 310g Hixon iC DH comes in just one size – a virtual 50mm stem and 800mm wide, 15mm rise carbon bar with 5° upsweep & 8° backsweep. The Hixon iC DH is available now for 350€, and will fit all modern Fox, RockShox, Marzocchi, and many other DH forks.

Syncros Frasier Hixon iC SL MTB integrated lightweight one-piece carbon mountain bike cockpit

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therealgreenplease
1 year ago

I’m very tempted to pick up one of the IC SL bars for my lightweight trail bike (Trek Fuel EX which currently is 26.5lbs… not bad for a 130/130 bike).

Seraph
Seraph
1 year ago

Weird flex, but ok.

ttxxdd
ttxxdd
1 year ago
Reply to  Seraph

that phrase is passé now

Seraph
Seraph
1 year ago
Reply to  ttxxdd

Saying passé is passé.

LiquidSpin
LiquidSpin
1 year ago

26.5 for a 130mm travel bike? I consider a 26.1 lbs. 150mm front and rear travel with pedals, dropper and sealant included to be not bad haha @Seraph…another weird flex, but sure thing 🙂 I’ve also got the Hixon iC SL on order which should be on it’s way sometime in August!

alloycowboy
alloycowboy
1 year ago

Great but they need a bar end option so you can rock and roll out of the saddle for quick starts and fast climbs.

pm732
1 year ago

o look more vapor ware from scott

Josh
Josh
1 year ago
Reply to  pm732

??

These have been available for a few years. Sold a bunch of them. Even these “updates” are like six months old.

LiquidSpin
LiquidSpin
1 year ago
Reply to  pm732

Vaporware? Like Josh said these have been on the market for years now. Also when you say “look more” More vaporware? Please enlighten us on what other vaporware products are from scott?

Bre Rue
1 year ago

The bars are nice and all but just not light enough. My Extralite conventional bar and stem are 170g and have been proven super comfortable and reliable.

LiquidSpin
LiquidSpin
1 year ago
Reply to  Bre Rue

170g for both bar and stem? I find that WAY hard to believe. Unless you have some really narrow 600mil bars maybe? Even then that’s a stretch. Would love to see a photo on scale.