Race Face Diabolus Riser bar review£47.95

The much loved Diabolus bar gets a facelift to match the new stem

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The much loved Diabolus bar gets a facelift to match the new stem. Average backsweep keeps hands neutral but the tall centre has more upwards outer sweep than usual. It tapers before the bend to take a bit of sting out, but there's nothing distracting going on. The shot-peened centre fades out into flames towards the control zone section, to justify the cost (at least cosmetically).

The original Diabolus stem is something of a strength legend and the new D2 looks set to inherit the legacy. An interlocking back-sloped top plate extends down into the lower U for a totally closed low-stress bar connection and solid steering. The low stack height (35mm) back end gets big squared ridges and twin opposing bolts for total lock down, but it's much lighter than the original. It comes in various lengths, including OnePointFive versions.


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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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