Syntace Racelite 2 Handlebar review£179.99

Carbon bar for distance riding

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The Racelite 2 is a carbon bar which fits the needs of the most demanding distance rider. The shape has been tailored for just this; think of it as a classic randonneur bar re-invented for the 21st century.

The drop is shallower than a standard bar and the semi pistol grip profile makes it more comfortable to stay in the drops for longer. 

The top section has a deeper, thicker profile so it’s comfortable on the hands and makes the transition between the standard tube diameter drops and oversized 31.8mm clamp section more gradual than a potentially weaker bulge.

A six degree rearward sweep brings the top handhold closer, making for an extremely comfortable cruising position.

The clamp section is reinforced with a titanium mesh over the surface to protect the carbon surface from scratching and scoring, and it also creates a very grippy clamp area, helping to prevent the bars from slipping or twisting. It also means that clip-on TT bars can be fitted safely.

At £180 the Racelite 2 isn’t cheap, though it’s less than a comparable bar from the likes of Ritchey or Zipp. It’s backed with a 10-year guarantee – one of the longest we’ve seen on any carbon part, the only condition being that they must be fitted according to the instructions.

The bars are available in three widths – 420mm (M), 440mm (L) and 460mm (XL), and two sizes of drop/reach: 145/110 (M, L) and 151/110 (XL). The L size tested weighed 198g.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
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