Climb as aggressively as you descend.
Clearly, the 35mm handlebar is here to stay if companies like Race Face are not just making them, but making carbon fiber versions of them. Then again, it makes sense that it would. The company is known for placing enormous emphasis on strength and durability in its components, while also shaving every gram of weight possible from them. The 35mm handlebar standard is a great way to do so, and the Race Face SIXC 35 10mm Rise Handlebar is a fine example of what we mean.
To craft its 35mm carbon fiber bars, Race Face starts with unidirectional carbon fiber, which enables it to meet its own high standards for durability without creating a heavy bar. The larger diameter of the bar and stem clamp area create a much stiffer interface and allow for an even wider bar. Because the bar becomes far stronger, engineers can go back and remove excess material without encroaching on its strength or resistance to deformation (bending and twisting). It all equates to a lighter, stiffer, stronger handlebar, which means a better handlebar. In fact, Race Face's 35mm SIXC handlebar is both wider and lighter than its 31.8mm version. The 10mm rise of this model makes it more appropriate for aggressive climbing or cross-country riding, compared to the 20mm and 35mm rise versions.
The Race Face SIXC 35 10mm Rise Handlebar is 800mm wide and comes in a matte carbon finish with White/silver graphics. It has a backsweep of 8 degrees and an upsweep of 5 degrees.
- Unidirectional carbon fiber
- Reinforced clamping area
- 35mm diameter
- 10mm rise
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Wide, stiff, light, stylish. 35mm is a "standard" I can get behind. To be fair, there's not a "standard" I haven't fully embraced. Sure, you'll need a a new stem to accommodate the wider clamping area, but the added benefits are certainly worth it. Add to that Race Face's quality and durability and you can't lose.
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