PRO Koryak riser bar review£40.00

Impressively stiff performer

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This bargain bar is an impressively stiff performer. It uses a 2000 series alloy rather than 6000 or 7000 series metal, but that gives it a price advantage. You get two-tone laser-etched graphics, including central angle and centring marks. You’ll have to measure any tip trimming yourself, but most riders probably won’t chop the control and tree clearance-friendly 27in span.

Shape wise it’s in line with most bars of a similar width, falling easily to hand for all our testers. The PRO is no heavier than more expensive alloy bars and the deflection figures on our lab machine were stiffer than most comparable bars in alloy or carbon. It did feel very rigid on the trail, with little shock or buzz dispersion on rocky or frozen trails, but fat gloves and good grips will help.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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