RaceFace Ride XC 685mm Riser Bar
The Ride flat & riser bars offer Race Face engineering & quality at a value price point. Gradual external swaging & internal taper give increased strength & durability without adding weight. Shot peened for increased fatigue life.
I was running standard (not very wide) aluminum flat bars and a long stem on my 2010 Giant XTC 0 before reading about benefits of wider bars & a shorter stem. After a bit of research, and having my eye on Race Face products for a couple years now, I made the plunge and purchased these bars with a 60mm Race Face Ride matching stem. The difference has been amazing! I'm thoroughly impressed with the feel of these bars and the shorter stem. My centre of gravity has been pushed back a bit which as benefitted my riding greatly, especially on any sort of descent—way easier to get my weight back and ride out comfortably. The width of the bars even seems to make uphills easier by providing a bit more leverage on those tough sections. I've also found manuals to be much easier using these bars + shorter stem—my old stem was probably 110 or so, and coming from a BMX background, it felt next to impossible to get the front wheel up for any decent amount of time. The bar + stem combo just plain old makes my bike more fun to ride for me, and I feel a greater sense of control. The build quality is excellent. They look mean & awesome. I wouldn't hesitate to buy more Race Face components in the future. I certainly plan on it.