Competitive carbon cockpit components have long been dominated by a single brand; however, Black Inc is poised to challenge that hegemony. The Carbon Handlebar is lighter than the current dream bar standard, and it offers the additional benefit of literally decades of carbon construction expertise. Before Black Inc and sister company Factor Bikes began producing their own carbon frames and cockpits, the team behind both brands was responsible for the elbow grease behind a number of boutique (and professionally raced) bike brands. Now, Black Inc has devoted its own factory space to producing its own product, ensuring there's no middleman anywhere in the design and construction process. That devotion to quality and control are also sure to inspire envy in the masses of riders rocking the same, ubiquitous bars. Black Inc's tagline is "all about control," and--since the brand has 100% control over everything from material choice to layup to finishing details--that ensures that there aren't any potential gaps in quality that you could pay for with an ill-timed component failure. That control-first brand mission continues well after the bar has shipped, too, as the race-friendly geometry keeps you comfortable on the hoods with a slight drop flare to reduce wrist contact and (of course) increase control when your cruising or sprinting in the drops. The bar's aerodynamic shaping across the flats not only reducing drag, but it also adds a slight engineered bit of damping. That helps to take some of the sting out of a long day spent sheltered in the pack, where the natural flow of a peloton keeps you on the hoods for hours at a time. When the sprint does open up, that slight flare mentioned above helps reduce wrist strikes so you can take full advantage of the bar's unrivaled stiffness.