FSA XC220 CSI Low Riser handlebar review£69.99

Great semi-carbon riser

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This may look like a full carbon bar, but FSA’s latest pipe is a state-of-the-art alloy and carbon fibre hybrid offering great performance for the price.

With a minimal 18mm rise and four-degree backsweep, this is as low and aggressive a riser as you’ll get. The fat section extends right through the bends for a stiff and resolute hold on your front wheel

At 25.9 inches wide you’ve still got enough leverage for fast and loose trail riding without hanging your fingers off the ends. The carbon element seems to take out the sting that a similarly stiff alloy bar would create.

The bonus of this technology splicing is that you’re getting a raceable 214g weight, which would make for a fragile alloy bar, but you pay a lot less than a full carbon bar. Expect to see a lot more like this soon.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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