Oversized handlebars may not be the sleekest, lightest option for XC racing, but their durability and overall ruggedness delivers a peace of mind during trail rides that their sleeker, finer carbon counterparts can't. Race Face's Aeffect 35 10mm Rise Handlebar makes a capable addition to your hardtail or your five-inch trail bike, and best of all, its affordable price tag means you won't be forced to empty your entire upgrade budget for the season to get a dependable handlebar.
Race Face chose to use cold-drawn, seamless 2014 aluminum to construct the Aeffect 35, further reinforcing the already robust bar with a round of shot peening for extra durability. Additionally, its titular 35mm clamp section essentially eliminates the risk of bar failure due to over-clamping or over-torquing, giving you one less thing to worry about when making adjustments. Unlike its featherweight carbon counterparts, the Aeffect 35 receives triple butting in high stress areas to provide further reinforcement, with Race Face balancing the additional material by thinning the tube walls wherever possible to keep the claimed weight at a reasonable 335g.