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Multipower Multi Carbo bar 25x50g



Efficient mid-ride refuelling with caffeine, but some may find too sweet

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Opinion was divided among testers on the taste of this energy bar. It’s got a lemon tang but it’s also very sweet; too sweet for some, just right for others – taste is a matter of taste, after all. Soft and quick to chew, It’s certainly easy to eat on the go, even when you’re working hard in the saddle.

One 50g bar gives you 196 calories of energy and includes 30g of carbohydrate along with 9g of protein and 4g of fat. To put that in some sort of context, you’d need to drink about 500ml of energy drink – give or take – to get that amount of fuel, and that can take some doing, especially in a race. Of course, you don’t get the fluid with a bar, but sometimes you just need to put some extra carbs in the tank – and in this case that comes mostly from corn syrup.

The other key feature of this bar is the caffeine that fights fatigue and keeps you on track. You get 75mg per bar – more than a can of Coke, less than a cup of filter coffee – and a small amount of vitamins too.

To save you working it out for yourself, 25 bars for £31.25 works out at £1.25 a bar – which is a reasonable price.


Easy to chew energy bars with caffeine to help focus your riding – although some testers found them overly sweet test report

Make and model: Multipower Multi Carbo bar 25x50g

Size tested: 25x50g

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Did you enjoy using the product? In moderation - but very sweet

Would you consider buying the product? Too sweet for my taste

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 184cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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