Wolf Tooth's BarCentric unclutters your handlebar

Wolf Tooth's compact dropper remote promises velvety-smooth operation
Wolf Tooth's BarCentric dropper post remote uses a bearing race for is mechanical motion (Image credit: Wolf Tooth)

Wolf Tooth Components has a solution to the issue of handlebar clutter.

Although single chainring drivetrains have removed secondary shifters from the handlebar, dropper seatposts, suspension lockout switches and e-bike power controls have added clutter.

Spacing and packaging all the various mountain bike controls onto a handlebar can be fraught and frustrating. The human thumb only has a range of motion that is so large, and there is nothing more annoying in terms of handlebar ergonomics than having to slide your hand down a grip to trigger a control switch which is mounted to far inboard.

Wolf Tooth’s answer is the BarCentric dropper seatpost remote. At only 14.5mm of width, the BarCentric claims very little handlebar real estate to fit and position. Its structural design is an excellent example of function dictating form, with the best possible outcomes for riders who believe that a dropper seatpost remote should be compact and unobtrusive.

The wraparound bearing design gives Wolf Tooth’s BarCentric dropper remote excellent actuation feedback, unlike the more rudimentary wrap-around system, which are hinged. In a crash, these hinged dropper seatpost remotes are also more exposed to catastrophic damage.

What makes this Wolf Tooth control so clever, is its actuation design. Using an enduro bearing to facilitate its mechanical movement, Wolf Tooth’s dropper remote has a very sensitive and smooth feel. For those riders who have suffered left thumb damage, and find it painful to depress overly firm dropper remotes, the Wolf Tooth BarCentric will be much kinder to operate.

Depending on the complexity and number of controls on your mountain bike, Wolf Tooth claims you should find its BarCentric to sit very comfortably beside a two-by shifter, suspension lockout lever or under-bar e-MTB controls.

Designed to work with all cable operated dropper seatposts, the Wolf Tooth BarCentric weighs only 41g and is machined from 6061 specification aluminium. It retails for £76,00.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for MBR.com, Off-Road.cc and Cycling News.