Oval R700 handlebar review

Comfortable road bar

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £55.99 RRP | USD $79.99
Oval R700

Our review

A good performer, but there are better and cheaper alloy bars
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The whole shape of this bar is very similar to the Cinelli Vai, aside from the fact there’s only a single groove for cable routing under your tape.

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The groove is quite deep though, and there’s just enough room to squeeze in a pair of cables without causing too much of a ridge in the bar tape. 

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Although initially stiffer than the Oval R900, once the loading is increased they continue to deflect, which is the characteristic of a good alloy bar and gives a comfortable ride with enough stiffness for precise control.

Product Specifications

Product

Name R700
Brand Oval Concepts

Manufacturer's Description The R700 alloy handlebar is the workhorse in the Oval Concepts line-up. No matter the terrain, the circumstance, or the size of the rider, the R700 offers bombproof durability and pro-quality performance. It's built from seamless, swaged 7050 T-6 aerospace-grade alloy with a shot-peened finish to give it strength that exceeds even the most extreme benchmarks. Most surprising, though, is the fact that its triple-butted construction allows it to weigh in at a mere 229g -- only an ounce heavier than Oval's R900 carbon fiber bar!
Weight (g) 231
Depth Of Drop 148
Available Sizes 42cm 44cm 46cm
Clamp/Bar Size 31.8