Pro-Lite Ravenna review

Good-looking, stiff carbon road bar

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £169.99 RRP
Pro-Lite Ravenna

Our review

Good anatomic shape but carbon bars aren't good value
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These Pro-Lite carbon bars create a short, fairly upright riding position, and the flat top section provides a large surface area for your hands. 

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The internal cable routing does away with the need for handlebar tape to bind the cables, so the carbon weave can be shown off to good effect.

Unfortunately, the cable channels are a bit too long so they create an acute bend for the cable that causes friction. This is less of a problem with Campagnolo levers, but the friction delays the brake levers’ return to their resting place. Cranking up the return spring tension – if  you can– on the brake calliper arms helps. 

Fitting is straightforward, but with no rough-surface treatment to prevent slipping, the levers had to be tightened firmly.

The Ravenna is no lighter than several aluminium bars we’ve tested at less than half the price, but if you’re after a good looking, stiff bar you won’t be disappointed.

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Available widths: 40, 42, 44cm (centre to centre) 

Product Specifications

Product

Name Ravenna Handlebar
Brand Pro-Lite

Manufacturer's Description Building on the work we have done to develop the Cervia aero bar we also decided to generate the Ravenna super light bar. Only 195 Gms for a 42 cm c-c bar. With integrated cable routing. There was to be no compromise with this bar and as a rider who knows what its like to hit the floor with a broken handlebar, the design team knew full well that Steve would accept nothing less than extreme testing on an item that is vulnerable to extreme loads. Once the initial tests were finished and we knew the bar was more than capable of handling what a rider can throw at it, it was back to the drawing board as Steve then told us to make it stronger. With testing standards exceeded in every way possible and the shape made to ensure that comfort was also of equal importance we now present to you the Ravenna super light carbon bar.
Weight (g) 195
Material Carbon Fibre
Width (Centre to Centre) 40/42/44