Race Face Turbine Flat handlebar
After a hiatus of two years due to problems unrelated
to its products, Vancouver-based Race Face is finally back
doing what it had been doing for over 20 years—building
parts for mountain bikers. And with the famous “Shore”
of North Vancouver as a testing ground, you can be sure
Race Face products are really put through the wringer
before going to market.
Race Face’s Turbine components can
be used for cross-country, trail and even all-mountain
applications. The Turbine stem is machined out of 7075
aluminum and is available in a 6-degree rise or drop in 60–110-millimeter lengths and a 0-degree rise in
90-110-millimeter lengths. The face plate features four,
4-millimeter, hex clamping bolts. Our 90-millimeter
Turbine stem weighed 4.8 ounces.
The Turbine bars come in black and are available in
four configurations: Flat, Flat Wide, 3/4-inch Riser and
1-inch Riser. All Turbine bars are built out of butted 7050
aluminum and are shot-peened. Our Flat Wide Turbines
measured 27.5 inches wide with 8 degrees of backsweep.
Our Turbine bar weighed 8 ounces.
Race Face Turbine stem
Field Test Results:
Given the wide variety of mountain bike designs and applications today, dialing in your
cockpit is incredibly important. The geometry of a bike
depends on a proper handlebar and stem spec. This truth is
driven home every month when we test a new crop of bikes.
Some manufacturers nail it right off the bat, while other set-ups need some help.
The latter was the case with one of our crewers’ personal,
29er, cross-country bikes. The bike was spec’ed with awesome components, except for the bars, which looked like
they had been yanked off a Razor scooter. We’re talking
narrow. Hipster, fixed-gear-rider narrow.
Enter Race Face. The Turbine Flat Wide handlebar measures a respectable 27.5 inches wide. With the wider bar, we
gained a new level of control and more leverage when yanking hard on the bars during out-of-the-saddle attacks. The
0-degree rise is essential for maintaining an aggressive position, especially considering the 29er’s taller front end. The 8-degree backsweep felt comfortable.
Stems are the unsung heroes of cockpit setup, and their
importance is often overlooked. The Turbine stem, however,
is a truly beautifully piece and, in conjunction with the bars,
makes for a very stiff cockpit. We never experienced any
twisting sensation when wrenching on the 27.5-inch bars
out of the saddle. The cockpit helped us feel directly connected to the bike, which is just what we want out of a bar/