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MBR know a thing or two when it comes to testing mountain bike components so when they give out a top scoring 10 out of 10, you know that the product is something special. Check out the review they have just done of the Race Face SIXC carbon ¾" riser bars here


Score - 10/10

When I first tested the SIXC carbon riser bar it was only available in a single 725mm width, but this year Race Face has added an additional option: a whopping 785mm monster.

The SIXC is made under Race Face's optimised Carbon Technology programme, which means it's constructed from a high quality composite that's strong enough for DH use but light enough for trail riding. It has reinforced clamping zones at the stem, controls and lock-on grip areas, with 9 degree of back sweep and 4 degrees of upsweep.

So what does a 785mm bar feel like on a trail bike? When I first fitted it to my Orange Five I thought, this is too wide. It was 35mm wider than the Easton Havoc bar I replaced and I seriously considered taking it off. The next time I rode it I didn't think about the width - it felt normal. When I went back to the 750mm bar it felt a little narrow, but within a day or so I'd got used to it again. So if you can get used to any width handlebar, why have a wider one? It increases control and stability. There's more space of lights, GPS, that sort of thing, and if you decided to run a really short stem it can also add a bit of room to the cockpit.

I recognise a wide handlebar isn't for everyone, but if you're into riding hard and fast I advise you to give one a go. Even if you decide the SIXC is way to wide I'd still recommend it because it's also a 750mm or 740mm bar - it just has an extra 30-40mm stuck on the ends. You can chop that off; it even has the cut marks to guide you.

Tester - Paul Burwell

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