PRO XCR Carbon OS Flat handlebar review

Ultra-light carbon bar

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £80.00 RRP
PRO XCR Carbon OS flat handlebar

Our review

Are you feeling the need for speed? Then look no further than the PRO XCR
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PRO are the hardware wing of Shimano, so there’s no shortage of manufacturing tech going into their products. A glance at the XCR reveals its cross-country orientation – it’s flat, light and, at 580mm (23in), race-narrow. 

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The company offer a wider (but still light) handlebar, the 660mm (26in) XCR Carbon OS Riser, that may be more appropriate for many riders. Both models share the same top-notch carbon fibre construction. Of particular note are the reinforced ends to resist crash damage and – particularly on the flat bar – support bar ends.

The textured coating on the bulge reduces reliance on friction paste to stop the bar slipping in the stem. The rest of it is shiny smooth, so a dab of paste on the lever clamps is a good idea to help them grip without risk of over-tightening. A centreline and angle markings on the bulge ensure repeatable setup.

Despite its somewhat uncompromising shape, that ultra-light carbon construction delivers a useful bit of vibration damping that would be even more pronounced on a much wider bar.

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This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Product Specifications

Product

Name XCR low rise bar (12)
Brand PRO

Features *Weight 145g *Width 580mm *Rise 0mm *Backsweep 5° *Upsweep 0° *Other sizes 660mm/20mm rise
Weight (g) 195
Width (mm) 580
Handlebar Rise 20
Material Carbon Fibre