Answer ProTAPER Carbon SL 780 bar review

Bars to win you away from alloy?

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £179.99 RRP
Answer's ProTAPER Carbon SL 780 bar are pricey but superb

Our review

Light, wide, strong bar that’ll really make a difference to your bike (and your wallet)
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Answer’s Carbon SL bars come in a range of widths and rises. We opted for the widest 780mm option, with a 25.4mm rise. At just 223g, it’s 150g lighter than the same width alloy bar it replaced, yet the brand’s tests show it’s stronger than their alloy bars too.

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If you’re spending this sort of money on a component, you want to feel that it’s making a significant difference to your bike, and straight away, the handling felt noticeably lighter and more responsive. The carbon reduces chatter through the hands and you can really feel the difference on a trail centre surface in a back-to-back test with an alloy bar.

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With eight degrees of backsweep and four degrees of upsweep, this bar sits right in the middle in geometry terms and we soon got comfortable on it. Clear markings make it easy to set up – and cut it down, if required – and the gritted ends stop your grips spinning. Forget any reservations about using carbon bars for heavy-duty riding – the Carbon SLs have taken everything we’ve thrown at them without flinching.

Product Specifications

Product

Name ProTAPER Carbon SL 780 bar (14)
Brand Answer