Alpha Q Prolite Road Bar review£99.99

These oversized carbon bars feature some nice detailing, such as internal cable routing and a non-slip finish for firmly attached hardware. There's a glossy top section if you're into showing off your carbon...

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These oversized carbon bars feature some nice detailing, such as internal cable routing and a non-slip finish for firmly attached hardware. There's a glossy top section if you're into showing off your carbon, but except for pose value I can't think of a single good reason for not covering them completely with tape - you get better grip and shock absorption. It suits my big hands too.

The flattened top sections don't leave a huge amount of room for gadget attachment, but you can get a light and computer fixed on easily enough if necessary. On the road they're very stiff and suit fast riding on smooth roads much better than bouncy back lanes. They feel quite wide for their size, possibly because the transition from tops to drops is quite tight.

The triple radius drop is comfy enough, though it's not the biggest. Weight at 240g (10g more than stated) is similar to most carbon bars in this price bracket. They are light, but don't feel light, which is testament to the fact that the carbon's in the right places.

 

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