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Answer ProTaper SL Carbon Handlebar

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Carbon comfort, good looks, molded in texture for grips/clamps

The Bad:

Retail price

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After trying a few different brands and sizes, I settled on these Answer ProTaper SL carbon bars in their 750 size. Given my 6'3" height, that's rather narrow and decidedly un-trendy, but I found the width to be comfortable for the techy singletrack that I ride in up here in Maine. I'm still borderline too wide for some of the old school trails some here. As far as the bar construction, they seem to be in the stiffer side, but part of that comes from being narrower. Stepping up to the 780 might give a bit more damping. Control feels excellent and now that I've found the right grips (see my review on the Ergon GE1 grips) I'm comfortable on longer rides but still feel precise when pointed when the larger stuff. 


Build quality seems excellent and the added touch of having grit molded into the bar where the grips and clamps mount is fantastic. No spinning grips or feeling like you have to over torque those tiny bolts.

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Specifications
Product Answer ProTaper SL Carbon Handlebar
Riding Type Cross Country, Trail
Material Carbon Fiber
Material Details
Clamp Diameter 31.8mm
Width
  • 660mm
  • 720mm
  • 750mm
  • 780mm
Rise 660mm - Flat
720mm - Flat, 1/2", 1"
750mm and 780mm - 12.7mm, 25.4mm
Upsweep 660mm - 0°
720mm, 750mm, and 780mm - 4°
Backsweep
Colors Black or Red
Weight
  • 0 lb 4.1 oz (115 g)
  • 0 lb 6.3 oz (179 g)
  • 0 lb 7.4 oz (210 g)
  • 0 lb 7.6 oz (215 g)
Miscellaneous Continuous Lay-Up and Curing
One Piece Lay-Up Creates Dense Composite Layering, Consistent Material Wall Thickness
Increased Strength for Better Performance
15% Lighter Bars
145mm Grit Grip Finish at Bar Ends
Price $195
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