Loaded Components started back in 2006 with the desire
to create components on the cutting edge of technology
that also looked the part, with a wide variety of color
options. Over half a decade later, they are producing components for everyone from the weight-obsessed cross-country racer to the gravity rider looking for the ultimate in
Tech features: The $90 AmX handlebar is geared
toward downhill, black-diamond and trail riders. Its 31-
inch-wide frame is constructed of 7075 aluminum and
weighs 11. 8 ounces. The AmX features a .99-inch rise, 8
degrees of backsweep, 4 degrees of upsweep, and is 31. 8
millimeters in diameter. The AmX handlebar is available
in seven colors.
The $60 AmX stem is constructed of 6061 aluminum
and is designed for single-crown downhillers, all-mountain
riders, trail riders, dirt jumpers and everything in between.
It is 45 millimeters long and has 0 degrees of rise. It
accepts 31.8-millimeter-diameter bars, 1 1/8-inch steerer
tubes, and ours weighed 7. 3 ounces. The AmX stem is
available in the same seven colors as the handlebars.
Loaded’s $30 AmXC NoSlip grips feature a proprietary
rubber compound. The grips attach to the bar via two locking alloy end caps per side, and there is also a matching
alloy bar end on each side. The grips weighed 4.1 ounces,
including lock rings and bar ends.
Field test results: All it takes is a few custom-colored
parts here and there on a stock bike and suddenly it is no
longer the off-the-shelf rig that anyone else can get. That is
definitely part of the allure of Loaded Components’ cockpit
setup. The guys at Loaded set us up with a mix of their
green anodized components, which we put on our bright
purple Transition TR250—a color combination not for the
faint of heart.
The AmX handlebars prove that Loaded is very in tune
with what aggressive mountain bikers are after these days.
Their 31-inch width provided improved stability over the
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Ready, aim, fire
Custom touch: Loaded Component’s anodized
cockpit adds some personal flavor to any rig.
And here we thought our purple TR250 couldn’t
get any louder.
stock 29-inch handlebars we had been running for a cou-
ple months without feeling too wide to duck in between
trees. The AmXs proved to be plenty stiff and confidence-
inspiring without feeling overly harsh. The bend was
comfortable, though taller than our stock setup.
The AmX stem shared the same bright green treatment
as our handlebars and was elegantly CNC-machined with
obvious attention to finish quality. The laser-etched logos
were also a clean touch. While the finish on each piece
was well done, we were somewhat irked that the two
greens did not match as well as we would have liked.
While we know it is nearly impossible to control this, as
each batch of anodized parts can come out slightly differ-
ent, it still detracts from the bling factor on the bike.
The AmXC grips have a unique feel. The texture is
rough, but soft enough to let your hand compress into it a
bit without it feeling too soft or gooey. The diameter was
a bit larger than our previous grips, but because they
were softer, it didn’t bother us or make us feel that we
couldn’t get a sturdy grasp on them. Grips are obviously a
personal preference, but we think Loaded is definitely
onto something with the AmXC grips.
Loaded Components’ AmX handlebars and stem were
certainly up to the task, and they are competitive in
weight and price with the rest of the heavy hitters in this
category. The color options are great for customizing the
look of a stock bike or building a color-coordinated bike
from the ground up. However, you just might have to
cross your fingers a bit and hope the parts’
colors match up adequately. The AmXC
NoSlip grips offer a unique feel that provides excellent control, even in adverse
conditions, and are certainly worth
checking out. ;