Alpha Q XROC-MR riser bar review£80.00

The old school riders out there might remember bikes made from steel tubes produced by a company called True Temper. These days True Temper also deal in carbon fibre and have their own component range called Alpha Q.

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The old school riders out there might remember bikes made from steel tubes produced by a company called True Temper.

These days True Temper also deal in carbon fibre and have their own component range called Alpha Q. XROC is their new carbon handlebar line and it includes a flat model with a 580mm length and two riser models with 20 or 32mm rise, 8-degree sweep and 660mm length. Oversize (31.8mm) and standard size (25.4mm) stem clamping areas are also available on all bars. We tested the standard size 20mmriser (called the MR) and it weighs a svelte 165g.

All XROC bars feature internally reinforced stem and brake lever clamp areas to increase durability. They're also suitable to combine with bar ends, if you use them.

We like the look and feel of the MR riser bar, and with its relatively low 20mm rise, it's best suited to cross-country and all-mountain applications rather than more hardcore riding. The bar is strong enough but it could do with a higher rise for the gravity boys, who prefer 50mm. It isn't cheap either and XROC doesn't look great as a graphic but this is still a high quality product.

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