Race Face Next 35 Handlebar

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Race Face Next 35 bars

Rating:
The Good:

Light, stiff, provides some damping

The Bad:

Pricey, can chip fairly easily

Overall Review:

I have always been a hard charging rider and I tend to break pretty much everything I own without prejudice. For that reason I have never been much of a carbon guy, I always tend to go with the burliest option without worrying too much about weight. That being said after riding a set of carbon bars and realizing how stiff my current setup was and how little damping they provided, I wanted to try a set of carbon bars.

The next 35 bars I used were in a 760mm width and were comfortable in terms of width, rise and backsweep and I didn’t have any issues getting them setup. I immediately noticed that they do take a bit of the shock out of the rougher trails, but not to an extent where I would say it was a game changer. As previously mentioned I am no weight weenie, so I didn't notice the weight difference, but the overall looks and styling were appreciated. I did get a pretty sizeable chip in the topcoat early on in owning the bars, but it looks to be pretty much cosmetic. If I had to go back and do it again I would opt for a cheaper and more burly bar like the Chromag carbon bars, but the Next bars have still been a solid upgrade and a great bar.

Carbon perfection for the trail bike

Rating:
The Good:

Light, Damp and comfortable

The Bad:

Pricey Pricey Pricey

Overall Review:

The last carbon handlebar that I owned came on a circa 2005 SC Heckler.  I wasn't one of those with carbon phobia, I just didn't think it was worth the cost.   Plus, I rode mostly downhill and lived near a bike park.

Nowadays, I ride mostly trails so I splurged on a carbon handlebar upgrade on an aluminum Transition Scout.  The RF Next 35 handlebar is optimized for trail use and it's been a sweet addition to my daily driver.  The dampening characteristics were noticeable especially in rough terrain and I found the Next 35 handlebar to be compliant and comfortable.     

So is it worth it?  Certainly not for the weight savings.   But for the ride quality alone, it's a worthy investment.

Specifications

Product Race Face Next 35 Handlebar
Riding Type Cross Country, Trail
Material Carbon
Material Details
Clamp Diameter 35mm
Width 760mm
Rise 10mm, 20mm
Upsweep
Backsweep
Colors Black, Red, Blue, Turquoise, Green, Stealth
Weight 0 lb 6.3 oz (180 g)
Miscellaneous Your favorite bars just got bigger, wider, and lighter, Go figure? The magic of 35, believe the hype! Increasing the bar diameter to 35 allows us to shave material from the bar resulting in a dramatic reduction in overall weight while retaining the proven stiffness, strength, and performance Race Face bars are known for. The Next 35 bar expands to a 760mm width for increased control without sacrificing its lightweight characteristics.
Price $169.99
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