PRO XCR Carbon OS Flat handlebar review



PRO XCR Carbon OS flat handlebar

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70.0 out of 5 stars

"Are you feeling the need for speed? Then look no further than the PRO XCR"

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 10.00am By

PRO are the hardware wing of Shimano, so there’s no shortage of manufacturing tech going into their products. A glance at the XCR reveals its cross-country orientation – it’s flat, light and, at 580mm (23in), race-narrow. 

The company offer a wider (but still light) handlebar, the 660mm (26in) XCR Carbon OS Riser, that may be more appropriate for many riders. Both models share the same top-notch carbon fibre construction. Of particular note are the reinforced ends to resist crash damage and – particularly on the flat bar – support bar ends.

The textured coating on the bulge reduces reliance on friction paste to stop the bar slipping in the stem. The rest of it is shiny smooth, so a dab of paste on the lever clamps is a good idea to help them grip without risk of over-tightening. A centreline and angle markings on the bulge ensure repeatable setup.

Despite its somewhat uncompromising shape, that ultra-light carbon construction delivers a useful bit of vibration damping that would be even more pronounced on a much wider bar.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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