Ragley Wiser Carbon handlebar review£100.00

Responsive and comfortable bar

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Ragley’s alloy Wiser bar has been a popular choice with some of our testers, and the carbon version is a good buy too if you're a rider with deeper pockets.

The 760mm width and classic nine-degree backsweep shape are the same whether you go for metal or carbon. Splashing out on carbon saves you 85g though, making the Wiser Carbon competitive with other, pricier composite bars.

While the alloy bar is already comfortable without being noodly, the glass fibre-reinforced carbon bar has a distinctively damped feel that kills excess sting and spring to put even more trail information into the palms of your gloves.

The almost flat 10mm rise version is a great choice for 29ers or any other bike where you want to keep your hands and body position as low as possible too. There’s no 35mm rise version like the alloy bar though, just a 25mm option.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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