Race Face Next SL carbon road handlebar review

Lightweight bars

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £129.95 RRP | USD $199.99
Light carbon bars with plenty of give for rider comfort

Our review

Great shape and ride feel at a competitive price
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Race Face’s carbon bars tip the scale at 220g for a 42cm width bar which is on the high side for a carbon bar. We can’t fault the anatomical shape, with 86mm reach and 142mm drop, though. 


We especially like the flat sections below the levers for putting down the power and sprinting, although some riders, mainly those with big hands, said they’d prefer the bottom flat to be a little longer. While they ride stiff, the SLs still offer a little give and this, combined with the good damping qualities of carbon, helps with vibration, meaning you can sit on them for hours without getting numb hands.

Double cable grooves compatible with Shimano, Campag and SRAM mean all wires are neatly stowed when taped. The SLs only come in 31.8mm diameter, in tune with modern set-ups, and are available in 40, 42 and 44cm (centre to centre) widths. While the price tag might look steep, it’s good when you compare them to other carbon bars.


Nevertheless, these rae not a bar you’d choose if you were concerned about weight. Zipp, Oval and Easton, among others, all make lighter carbon fiber bars and there are aluminium bars that weigh about the same.

Product Specifications


Name Next SL Carbon Road Bar
Brand Race Face

Description • All carbon wrap provides torsional strength & vibration dampening. • Features an oversized clamp size (31.8) for increased stiffness & strength. • All SL bars are constructed from a high strength carbon weave. • Double cable grooves for compatibility with Shimano
Manufacturer's Description Designed using Race Face’s optimized carbon technology process
Weight (g) 215
Depth Of Drop 142
Reach 86
Available Colours Carbon
Available Sizes 40 42 44
Clamp/Bar Size 31.8