With a claimed weight of just 175g and the long, low-rise profile favored in enduro circles, the Race Face Next 1/4in Rise Wide Handlebar is ideally suited for rocking hard whether you're cleaning steep grades or shredding lines through rock gardens and across trail furniture. In fact, Race Face is so confident in its own unidirectional carbon fiber expertise that it claims these featherweight bars are leaden enough to be suitable for DH runs.
Given the amount of reinforcement poured onto the stem-clamp area — which is where most bars yield to stress and square hits — we're not prepared to second-guess that assertion. Failure never even crosses our minds on the trail, though, as the bar's length and stiffness help keep us glued to lines and focused purely on the trail.
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Light, rigid, comfortable. What's not to like about this bar? Nice markings to set the angle. Looks good as well. Aluminum plugs to put in the ends of the bar if you use clamp on grips or bar ends.
[ In my case: I am using clamp on grips.] Very nice bar.