Friday, January 27, 2012 10.00am
By Mike Davis, What Mountain Bike
Turbine is Race Face’s top-end aluminium line, with only the carbon ﬁbre Next and SIXC ranges above it. With high-strength 7075 aluminium construction and a shot-peened ﬁnish, this riser bar is in it for the long haul.
It has a bit more upsweep than most bars – only a little in terms of degrees, but by the time you get to the grips the difference is signiﬁcant, promoting an over-the-front, elbows-out riding position. There’s also a little more scope for rolling the bars back without them becoming uncomfortably ﬂat. The usual alignment grid on the bulge aids setup.
At 680mm (27in) the Turbine isn’t the widest bar, but not everyone wants a 700mm+ span. Race Face win on informative cutting guides, with the lines etched not just with the length you’re taking off but also the weight you’ll save by doing so – 0.4g/mm if you’re interested. The Turbine scores well on looks, and it's available in six colours if that matters to you.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.
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